The support for a Co-operative Institute for the Promotion of Peace and Social Cohesion has been approved by the General Assembly.
It has been passed by ICA delegates to operate for a three year trial and will benefit from an advisory committee selected in consultation with the Director-General or designate.
The Institute will operate within the framework of the policies, principles and decisions of the ICA and will report periodically to the ICA Board and to the General Assembly.
Delegates at the Assembly agreed to work closely with the Institute in developing its frame of activity and to give it all possible support in its undertakings.
The proposal emphasised the importance of co-operative peace-building and social cohesion strengthening activities in building a better world.
It urged national and international institutions working towards these goals to do so in partnership with the ICA, the co-operative movement and the Co-operative Institute for the Promotion of Peace and Social Cohesion.
Ian MacPherson, proposing the motion on behalf of the Canadian Co-operative Association, said: “The primary focus is not war, though co-ops can play an important role in war situations: mobilising consumer goods fairly, distributing them more equitably, avoiding hoarding, mobilising after conflicts, bridging differences.”
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- British co-operative movement
- Business models
- Canadian Co-operative Association
- Consumer cooperative
- Consumers' cooperative
- Ian MacPherson
- ICA General Assembly
- Social Issues
- Social systems
- The Co-operative Group
- The Institute