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Regional Summits and Conferences

The Regional Conferences are the main ICA-Americas annual event. Co-operators from every country in the region gather to interchange experiences, reach agreements and deeply analyse a central theme related to the future of cooperatives in the Americas.

2009 was a turning point in the traditional approach to the Regional Conferences. The new approach shows a conceptual and methodological change that promotes greater integration. From 2009 on, every Regional Conference has a final Declaration signed by the member organizations which, not only summarizes the main conclusions of the event but also includes the commitment of the cooperatives to undertake specific actions and changes to contribute to an improvement in the life of their members and the general population.

The Regional Conferences alternate with the Regional Summits.

The following is the list of Regional Conferences and Summits held since 1990 to date:

- III Cooperative Summit of the Americas
Integration that Generates a Social Change
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, November 2 to 7, 2014

- XVIII Regional Conference ICA Americas
Cooperative Decade: Scenarios and Perspectives
Guarujá, Sâo Paulo, Brasil, October, 6 to 11, 2013

- II Cooperative Summit of the Americas - Sustainable Development with Social Equity in the Cooperative Model
Panama City, Panama, May 28th to June 1st, 2012

- XVII Regional Conference - Co-operative Commitment to the Preservation of the Planet
Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 22nd to 26th, 2010

- I Cooperative Summit of the Americas - The Cooperative Model: Response to global crises
Guadalajara, Mexico, September 21st to 25th, 2009

- XVI Regional Conference: "Co-operative Social Responsibility and Democracy
San Jose, Costa Rica, July 22th to 25th, 2008

- XV Regional Conference
Social Cohesion and Inclusion: The cooperative contribution to a balance world
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, October 1st to 5th, 2007

- XIV Regional Conference
Competitiveness and cooperative positioning: Challenges and Opportunities for Economic and Social Development
Lima, Peru, July 17th to 21st, 2006

- XIII Regional Conference
Cooperative Integration: Equality, Social Wealth and Labour
Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 22th to 26th, 2004

- XII Regional Conference
Cooperatives: Economic Development, Labour and Peace
San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 20th to 24th, 2003

- XI Regional Conference
Cooperative: Opportunity to the crisis - the challenges of free trade
Asunción, Paraguay, October 1st to 4th, 2002

- X Regional Conference
Cooperatives: Business Commitment to the Development of Social Economy
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, November 28th al 30th, 2001

- Río 2000 and II Iberoamerican Conference
Cooperative Identity for the New Millennium
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, December 3rd to 8th, 2000

- IX Regional Conference - Cooperative Business and Trade: the human face of the economy
Montevideo, Uruguay, December 2nd to 4th, 1998

- VIII Regional Conference - Cooperatives facing unemployment
Mexico City, Mexico, November 19th to 21st, 1997

- VII Regional Conference - Deglobalization: global challenge, local markets
San Jose, Costa Rica, November 20th to 22nd, 1996

- VI Regional Conference - Strategic Alliances
Miami, Estados Unidos, December 6th to 8th, 1995

- V Regional Conference - Trading Blocs: Cooperative Insertion
Quito, Ecuador, August, 1994

- IV Regional Conference - Participatory Democracy with Knowledge and Business Effectiveness
San Salvador, El Salvador, November 1993

- III Regional Conference - Economic openness: Challenges for Cooperative Integration
Mexico City, Mexico, December 1992

- II Regional Conference of ICA-Americas
Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 1991

- I Regional Conference of ICA-Americas
San Jose, Costa Rica, 1990