Pauline Green and Monique F. Leroux elected to UN advisory group

The United Nations (UN) has invited Dame Pauline Green and Monique F. Leroux to be part of an advisory group for the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC). Ms....

The United Nations (UN) has invited Dame Pauline Green and Monique F. Leroux to be part of an advisory group for the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC). Ms. Green is the President of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and Ms. Leroux is Chair of the Board, President and CEO of Desjardins Group – two of the three organizations that will host the International Summit of Cooperatives to be held in Quebec City in October 2012. The role of this group will be to advise members of the Coordinating Committee set up by the UN to implement IYC activities. It will mainly provide support for the advancement of the cooperative model and take action to mobilize major international players throughout 2012. The UN advisory group is made up of 20 members of the international cooperative community, including cooperative leaders from various economic sectors, as well as government representatives and research institution officials. The advisory group has already taken action to ensure that the role of cooperatives in developing a sustainable economy is recognized at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in June 2012 in Brazil. The committee will also address various issues of importance, including food security, inclusion, youth engagement and diversification of the economy. Chaired by Dame Pauline Green At their first meeting, held on November 1 at UN headquarters, the advisory group unanimously elected Dame Pauline Green as advisory group chair. “I am honoured that such a prestigious group of leaders has selected me to chair this most important group,” said the ICA President. She said that the International Year of Cooperatives was an opportunity to show the power of cooperatives, as well as their role as agents of change in “creating a more equitable society.” Monique F. Leroux said, “Now more than ever, cooperative values are the answer to our global economic and social challenges.” She concluded by saying, “If recent events have taught us anything, it’s that the pursuit of financial gain at the expense of people is a dangerous path for our economies to take. We must now emphasize human capital over financial capital.”

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