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Delegates at the co-operative development meeting in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

 

 

The Sub-Regional Co-operative Development Meeting (CDM) for East Asia on the theme, Engaging co-operatives in contributing to the UN Agenda 2030 on SDGs, took place from October 25-26 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. The meeting was organised by the ICA-EU Partnership on Co-operatives in Development: People Centered Businesses in Action (#coops4dev on social media), Mongolian National Co-operative Alliance (MNCA), National Association of Mongolian Agricultural Co-operatives (NAMAC), Organization of Brazilian Co-operatives (OCB), and the Global Communities (GC) run Enabling Market Integration for Rural Group Empowerment (EMIRGE) Program. 

 

This meeting provided a platform for co-operative development actors to network, coordinate, enhance and broaden their work in relation to the SDGs. The emphasis was on four of the seventeen global goals – 1) NO POVERTY; 2) ZERO HUNGER; 3) GOOD HEALTH and WELL BEING and 4) PARTNERSHIPS. The gathering was designed to help participants share knowledge and practices from their experiences of cooperative development and also build their capacities in measuring and reporting on SDGs. The meeting was followed by a field visit to Gobi Cashmere factory & Tsagaan Alt White Gold, a shop selling goods made by co-ops.

 

 

JCCU showcasing their work with cooperatives and SDGs through a dynamic poster.

 

The meeting was attended by representatives of Alliance members in Brazil (OCB & Unimed), China (ICCIC), Japan (JA-Zenchu, JCCU, JWCU), Korea (iCOOP) & Mongolia (MNCA, NAMAC), Mongolian government ministries, delegation of the European Union to Mongolia, and international development agencies such as the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The focus areas for the meeting were Agriculture, Health and Partnerships and the meeting approach was four pronged: Inform – Engage – Build – Commit. The format was a mix of presentations, lectures and discussions in working panels. The forum allowed participants to actively contribute and participate during and after the seminar, thus forming knowledge partnerships across sectors.