“Co-operatives ensure no one is left behind”- International Day of Co-operatives celebrated in Bhutan

Participants of the International Day of Cooperatives celebration at Mongar on July 1, 2017
Participants of the International Day of Cooperatives celebration at Mongar on July 1, 2017

5 July, 2017, Mongar: On 1 July 2017, the Department of Agricultural Marketing & Co-operatives, as a member of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), celebrated the UN-IDC, in Mongar with members from the eight different groups and co-operatives within Mongar Dzongkhag. The Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture & Forests also conveyed a message on this day through Kuensel, wishing all co-operative members a bright and successful future and exhorting all of them to work hard to fulfill their socio-economic aspirations.

Representatives from eight different farmer groups and co-operatives ranging from credit co-operatives to livestock production groups and agriculture growers groups took part in the program. The program included a quiz competition among group members on topics around RNR in general and co-operatives in particular.  The group also presented on problems and innovative suggestions to address them. At the end cash prizes were awarded to the winners and consolation prizes to all the participants.

Throughout the world, the wealth and income inequality between the rich and the poor are known to be increasing. Inclusion, the opening up of opportunities to the marginalised and the under-served social groups, is commonly understood to be integral in achieving a transition towards a more equitable and sustainable society.

In keeping with this essence, co-operators around the world celebrated the theme of inclusion on 1 July 2017 during the United Nations International Day of Co-operatives (UN-IDC).

“Co-operatives ensure no one is left behind”, is the slogan of the 2017 International Day of Co-operatives. The theme was selected by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Co-operatives (COPAC), which the (ICA) currently chairs.

According to the ICA, inclusion not only captures the people-focused nature of co-operative enterprises, but also echoes the co-operative principles of voluntary and open membership, democratic member control and member economic participation. Co-operatives provide a space where all people, regardless of race, gender, culture, social background or economic circumstance, can meet their needs and build better communities.





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