From the Cooperative Confederation of Argentinian Republic we accompany the initiative of the International Cooperative Alliance to celebrate this International Day in accordance with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by the United Nations, which can not be reached without a real economic democracy that translates into equal opportunities within each community.
The International Cooperative Alliance, which represents the main national organizations of co-operative sector at worldwide level, invites us to connect the International Co-operative Day, celebrated on Saturday July 2, with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in September last year by the United Nations.
The SDGs are based on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight goals, that at the beginning of the XXI century, the leaders at the global level had committed to achieve by 2015.
Far from being reached, those goals were re
placed by the SDGs, which propose a more ambitious agenda than poverty reduction, including targets relative to health, education, environment, innovation, peace and equity of gender.
The 2030 Agenda document, at mentioning co-operatives, emphasizes that they can be central actors in the implementation of the Agenda, as well as micro-enterprises, corporations and philanthropic organizations.
Cooperatives have a differential: they are companies democratically controlled by all its partners, who are finally the people of every small town or from a big city, self-organized to stock up on goods and services at a fair price and ensuring a friendly production process with the social and natural environment.
They are, at last, a type of organization essentially focused on a good economic performance, with social responsibility, that transforms everyday society with the active participation of its members.
They are pillars of local communities that democratically defines their destiny , at local, national, regional and global levels. That is also why we say that they are central actors to consolidate in our country a true independence, at 200 years from the declaration of July 9, 1816.
Only under real autonomy and democracy we will be able to change the conditions that allows the consolidation of capital dominant relations – financial, anarchic and speculative – over people and the environment, with such dramatic consequences, that the SDGs are intended to reverse.