The President of Cooperar and Board member of the International Cooperative Alliance, Ariel Guarco, chaired a meeting with political and global leaders within the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which was held on Monday at the United Nations.
“Development is sustainable if it is led by citizens starting from their needs. There is no sustainable development if it is led by the concentrated financial capital, or if the engine of the economy is the excessive desire of profit of the most powerful economic groups”, said Guarco.
He expressed this on Monday as chairman of a meeting at the United Nations, where he was in charge of opening, moderate and give the conclusions, on behalf of the International Cooperative Alliance and the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC).
This organization is a partnership of the Alliance (ACI); the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA); the International Labour Organization (ILO); the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Farmers’ Organization (WFO).
The president of the Co-operative Confederation of Argentina (COOPERAR) and Board member of the Alliance carried out the meeting where participated more than 70 political leaders, from private and public sector, including seven ambassadors, one of whom was the Argentinian Martin Garcia Moritán. Through the event also exposed the Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Daniela Bas, and the Director of Policy of the Alliance, Rodrigo Gouveia.
“The responsibility of States and international organizations is to ease the way for communities to adopt the cooperative mode of development,” said Guarco.
“If there is no democracy in the economy, the world is not sustainable”, summed to provide the conclusions with which he closed the event, held at the UN headquarters in New York, under the International Co-operative Day that it is held every first Saturday of July.
After pointing out the global relevance of this kind of exchanges within the framework of the United Nations, he convened to “deepen the dialogue to enable cooperatives to display their full potential and thus effectively contribute to achieving the goals of sustainable development that international community has set for 2030 “.
Guarco reminded that the declaration of 2012 as International Year of Cooperatives opened the way for greater impact on a global scale of the movement, which has more than a thousand million people associated and generates more than 250 direct millions.
“If we take the sales of the 300 largest cooperatives in the world, its amount is comparable to the GDP of some of the largest national economies. However the most important thing is not our size. The difference is how we work, how we decide and what is our relationship with the community”, he said.
The 2030 Agenda, adopted by the General Assembly of the UN in September last year, seeks to create frameworks and promote actions to eradicate poverty, reverse climate change, ensuring gender equality and reducing inequalities between countries and within they, among other purposes enshrined in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

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