ICA housing sector will help build a fairer world for all

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ICA Housing had a successful 2011 supporting and representing ICA member housing co-operatives around the world.

Our symposium in Istanbul assisted our Turkish member, TURKKENT, to rebuild its relationship with the Turkish government. We also supported our Polish colleagues with their successful efforts to persuade the Polish government not to pass legislation that would have dismantled housing co-operatives Poland.

The ICA General Assembly in Cancun approved our resolution calling on all ICA members positively to commit only to use FSC or PEFC certified timber and other forest products to prevent deforestation and combat climate change. The resolution links IYC 2012 with the past two UN International Years: 2011 International Year of Forests and 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.

Our work this year will focus on communicating to our members and the general public the core message of IYC 2012. We look forward to working closely with all members of the ICA to show the power of co-operatives to build a better fairer world for all. For information about the work of ICA Housing, visit www.icahousing.coop.

In the UK, I  am Executive Director at CDS Co-operatives where our 60+ member housing co-ops provide over 4,000 homes in London and the South of England. We are proud to have been a key supporter of housing co-operatives for over 36 years. Our work last year included supporting the Confederation of Co-operative Housing in introducing a new governance accreditation programme for housing co-operatives and supporting Jonathan Reynolds MP in presenting to Parliament his Co-operative Housing Tenure Bill which will have its second reading in January.

We look forward to working with you and the whole co-operative movement to achieve its aims for IYC 2012. For more information about CDS see our website www.cds.coop.

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