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The Asia-Pacific Co-operative Development Conference will be organized on the theme Building Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships on Sustainable Development at Hotel Galadari, Colombo (Sri Lanka) from Feb 26-March 1 2018. It is being co-organized by the International Co-operative Alliance- Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP), ICA-EU Partnership on Co-operatives in Development: People Centered Businesses in Action (#coops4dev), and the Sri Lankan Co-operative movement led by the National Co-operative Council, Consumer Co-operative Federation, SANASA Federation, Kotikawatta Thrift & Credit Co-operative and National Institute of Co-operative Development. 


The Conference is a strategic dialogue among stakeholders on development policy to create a structured exchange and partnerships among co-operatives and stakeholders in the pursuit of Sustainable Development. It will feature four thematic sessions on: Eradicating Poverty, Opportunity, Protection and Empowerment; Building a more Sustainable Food System-Hunger, Food Security and Livelihoods; Improving Access to Basic Goods & Services- Economic , Social and Cultural aspects; and Protecting the Environment-Concern for Community. Please find the latest Background Note and Proposed Agenda


There will be working Sessions on the three Asia Pacific Strategic Development Priorities namely, Co-operative Participation in SDGs; Exploring Work & Ownership; and Youth Inclusion. The schedule of the round-tables along with the names of the Facilitators and Presenters can be found here.


For information on the travel advisory, visa-support, weather conditions in Colombo and other logistics-related details, you may click here.