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Multilateralism, cooperation and the 2030 agenda in times of crisis at the meeting between the OAS and cooperativism in America

23 de junio de 2020

Today, June 5, a historic conversation was held between Cooperatives of the Americas led by the president, Graciela Fernández and Mr. Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS)

«" Let us be ambitious, let us hope for better conditions for cooperatives as instruments to overcome the crisis. "»

With the wide participation of the councilors of all the countries associated with the ICA in the Americas, the regional organization carried out an important exchange event with the main OAS leader.

This exchange highlights the deepening of a social, economic and institutional crisis that was already beginning to emerge at the end of 2019. COVID-19 has been the coup de grace, impacting the continent with more than 6% of its GDP and leading millions of people on the continent into poverty. Return to automatic line, Now more than ever, it is essential to support the 2030 Agenda more strongly, and in particular Goal 17, to create inclusive alliances built on principles and values, with a shared vision, and shared goals, that place people and the planet in the center are necessary at global, regional, national and local levels.

This meeting is a continuation of the agreement signed between both organizations in September 2019, where the bases of support and collaboration between the parties were established for the strengthening of the cooperative sector at the global and hemispheric level in terms of research, dissemination and development of projects that contribute to comprehensive development through the dissemination and promotion of the cooperative model in the Americas. Return to automatic line The pandemic has meant disrupting OAS plans, affecting all dimensions of its agenda for the comprehensive development of the region, impacting on social inclusion, decent work, sustained economic growth, democracy, and human rights.

During the discussion, Dr. Almagro urged cooperative leaders and interlocutors to give quick responses in terms of political advocacy and programs translated into public policies, and he also supported the support of the cooperative sector by the Organization of American States (OAS), proposing the elaboration of a joint Declaration to promote cooperatives in the national agendas of the continent as key actors for the exit to the current regional crisis.

President Graciela Fernández Quintas thanked the exchange of concrete ideas where the directors of the Cooperatives of the Americas managed to clearly translate their queries and initiatives to reach concrete agreements, aligned with the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan of the continental organization.

He celebrated the OAS political will to create a road map that ratifies the democratic spirit of the cooperative sector and that puts on the table the multiple contributions to inter-American multilateralism with instruments applicable from the identity and language of cooperativism in the Americas to fulfill its mission in economic, political and social development.

Mr. Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) thanked the attendees and closed the discussion by calling "Let’s be ambitious with a hypothesis of maxim, we hope for better conditions for work cooperatives in the hemisphere as an instrument out of the crisis and in that order seek the best forms of political positioning ... We hope that the OAS can activate multilateral mechanisms to make them available to the cooperative sector. Be resources (human and financial) mobilized to address challenges, both immediate and long-term. "

President Fernández replied “This crisis has shown us that if there is political will and leadership, changes can be achieved on a large scale. Cooperativism is the tool for international cooperation and sustainable social and economic development in the Americas ”

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