The International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) is a yearly opportunity to highlight and reflect on the status, challenges and opportunities of the cooperatives. This year, the day fell on July 7 and the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) had adopted “Sustainable Consumption and Production of Goods and Services” as a theme for this year.
Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) is the 12th Goal of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to the UN, by 2050, the world population is expected to reach 9.5 billion. Seventy per cent of the population will live in resource-intensive urban areas and three billion middle class consumers will join the global economy by 2040. To respond to these challenges within the carrying capacity of Earth, the adoption of sustainable patterns of consumption and production is an imperative as it conserves through resource efficiency the basis for future development.
Everything we produce and consume impacts the economy, the environment and the society. Achieving sustainable consumption and production safeguards efficiency and productivity gains while ensuring that human activities do not harm the earth and nature irreparably and keep it wholesome for posterity.
As a member of the ICA, the Department of Agricultural Marketing & Co-operatives (DAMC) in collaboration with Regional Agricultural Marketing and Cooperatives (RAMCO), Gelephu celebrated the UN-IDC in Gelephu with members from the six different co-operatives in Sarpang comprising of co-operatives engaged in agriculture production, livestock farming and savings and credit. Dasho Drangpon from Gelephu graced the occasion as the chief guest. The IDC message from the Hon’ble Agriculture Lyonpo was read out to the gathering.
The program included quiz competition amongst the different co-operatives with questions centered around the farming and the theme of sustainable production and consumption. The highlight of the day was a competition amongst the co-operatives to see who has the most forward looking and progressive vision for their co-operative. Cash prizes, meant to be deposited into their co-operative savings accounts were awarded to the winners and consolation prizes to all participants.
Submitted by Co-operative Development Division, DAMC
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