International Summit of Co-operatives unveils 2016 program

The International Summit of Co-operatives has announced that its program for Quebec 2016 will focus on the capacity of co-operatives and mutuals to act, and aims to show their impact across local, national...

The International Summit of Co-operatives has announced that its program for Quebec 2016 will focus on the capacity of co-operatives and mutuals to act, and aims to show their impact across local, national and international levels.

The event, which is held every two years, will take place in Quebec City, Canada, from 10-13 October 2016, and will bring together co-operative and mutual managers and decision-makers from around the world.

The program will start on 11 October by looking at co-operatives in the context of current socioeconomic and geopolitical realities. Speakers from major international organisations, the private sector, the academic community and co-operative businesses will address issues such as long-term capitalism, shared value, responsible economies and women and leadership.

Improving and demonstrating the capacity to act will be the focus of the second day, with a morning program of plenary sessions, forums and study presentations. In the afternoon, participants from the agriculture and agri-food, insurance, banking and financial services, health and social services, wholesale and retail, industry and services, and wood and forestry sectors will share their experiences and challenges.

On the final day of the program, the Summit will facilitate workshops, with a view to consolidating the views and ideas of thousands of participants to develop a series of actions that can be implemented as part of the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda. The findings from the workshop will then be presented at a round table.

Panelists will also set out the main challenges related to food security, the employment crisis, access to health and social services, poverty, financial autonomy, climate change and sustainable development.

Ahead of the event, the Summit is inviting researchers interested in topics pertaining to co-operatives and mutuals to submit their proposals for scientific papers related to the main themes. The Summit also states that young leaders will be invited to participate as panelists in several forums, including those addressing common challenges and sectoral issues.

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