Co-operatives need to create networks with organisations around the world, said co-op leaders at the IYC Closing Ceremony in New York.
Four leaders, including ICA President, Dame Pauline Green, Rabobank Executive Director, Vincent Lokin,Desjardins CEO, Monique Leroux, and Acting Director of FAO, Marcella Villarreal, discussed how to move forward at a press conference on 20 November.
“Unlike many other development programmes, these co-operative associations survive once development aid wanes. That’s a critical nature of the sustainability of our business model;” said Dame Pauline Green.
Vincent Lokin added: “We are just one organisation in a large world, there are many other organisations aiming for the same goals and we need to co-operate with them.”