Past Events

19 - 22/10: Social Cooperatives International School 2017, Naples

The School, with a high entrepreneurial profile and a international spirit, is open to social cooperators from all over the world and specifically addressed to cooperatives’ managers. Organised by our member Federsolidarietà Nazionale, the largest federation of social cooperatives.

WHEN: 19 & 22 October 2017
WHERE: Naples (Italy)

The 2016 edition was a great success and a unique opportunity for discussion and dialogue between 30 cooperative managers from Italy, Japan, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Slovenia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Turkey with a focus on local development, partnership between social cooperatives and conventional enterprises, financial instruments for the development of social cooperatives and the challenge of migrations.

The 2015 edition took place in Milan in occasion of the EXPO. Here the video.

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International Summit of Cooperatives 2016

The International Summit of Cooperatives is the world’s leading event for business development in the cooperative and mutual community. It offers managers, decision-makers and leaders of cooperative and mutual enterprises of all size and in all sectors, as well as anyone in the world of business, a unique venue for reflection, discussion, cooperation and training on major trends, as well as on current and future economic and financial issues. The event attracts more than 3,000 participants from 93 countries.

Under the theme of Cooperatives: The Power to Act, the 2016 Summit will show the impact of cooperatives at the local, national and international levels, along with the pivotal role they play in terms of the key global issues listed in the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda.

The International Summit of Cooperatives is an initiative of the International Co-operative Alliance and Desjardins Group. CICOPA is a partner of the event.

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ICA’s Global Conference and General Assembly

ICA’s Global Conference and General Assembly

From 1 to 5 November 2013, Cape Town (South Africa)

The theme of the ICA conference is "A Co-operative Decade in Action". The programme will be built around the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade, which aims to take cooperatives to a position of being the preferred model and as a result the fastest-growing form of enterprise by 2020. As well as the statutory meetings there will be a series of themed workshops, including CICOPA General Assembly on 2nd November. CICOPA and IHCO are organising a workshop on "Access to community services" on 3 November. See the session’s introductory video by clicking here.

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Global Worker Cooperative Day

16 November 2012, Marseille (France)

It was a full day of exchanges, debates and analyses of the models and practices of worker cooperation across the world, with special attention to the today’s crises and challenges. Key speakers from Argentina, United States, India, Italy, Spain, France, Brazil and Canada shared their experiences and offered tested solutions in enterprise transfer and transformation, networking and clustering. The event was organized jointly by CICOPA and CG Scop, the French Confederation of Worker Cooperatives.

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CICOPA presence in Manchester United

From 29 October to 2 November 2012, Manchester (UK)

Cooperatives United marked the close of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives 2012, at the place where the story of this movement started: Manchester (UK). For four days thousands of international participants took part in high-level meetings, events and exhibitions. The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), Co-operatives UK and the Co-operative Group organized the events bringing cooperatives together from all around the world. CICOPA and its members were also represented in the ICA Expo and the documentary “Together” produced by CECOP-CICOPA Europe, which was screened followed by an enthusiastic debate conducted by CICOPA Secretary General, Bruno Roelants where around 60 persons took part.

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CICOPA contributes to the Quebec International Summit of Cooperatives 2012

From 8 to 11 October 2012, Quebec (Canada)

More than 2,600 participants and personalities of the cooperative movement from 85 countries took part in the International Summit of Cooperatives held in October in Quebec, and organized jointly by the Desjardins cooperative group, St Mary’s University and the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA). Bruno Roelants, Secretary General, represented CICOPA together with Arildo Mota Lopez, President of CICOPA-Americas, and Rebecca Kemble, President of CICOPA-North America.

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CICOPA presents the results about the resilience of cooperatives to the crisis at the ILO headquarters

5 October 2012, Geneva (Switzerland)

Bruno Roelants, Secretary General of CICOPA, and Elisa Terrasi, in charge of development issues, participated in a meeting at the International Labour Organization (ILO) Headquarters in Geneva where they presented the documentary “Together” and the study of the resilience of cooperatives to the crisis, produced by CECOP-CICOPA Europe in the framework of the International Year of Cooperatives.

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CICOPA-Americas celebrated its first Ordinary Assembly

May 2012, Panama (Panama)

In the framework of the Second Cooperative Summit of ICA Americas, CICOPA-Americas celebrated its first Ordinary Assembly in Panama. During the assembly the objectives for the next three years were established to consolidate the organization in the continent and to coordinate the activities organized on the occasion of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives 2012.

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CICOPA General Assembly in Cancun and conference on cooperatives and development

From 14 to 18 November 2011, Cancun (Mexico)

During one week, the International Cooperative Alliance General Assembly and conference were held in Cancun, Mexico attracted a record number of delegates from 78 countries, 2003 in total: 1456 were male and 547 female. At this occasion, CICOPA organized a successful conference on cooperatives and development (click here to read more about The Way Forward) and also held its General Assembly.

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The focus of CICOPA and IHCO conference in Cancun was the role played by cooperatives in the field of development. It was debated following two main perspectives. The first one, the necessity for cooperatives to influence the development policies for a better world after this crisis, pointing out a new idea of sustainable development based on the cooperative values of democracy and self-responsibility. The second one referred to the presentation of different successful cooperative experiences throughout the world representing the three distinctive dimensions of development (at the micro, meso and macro level). The debate also focused on the importance of the developing the cooperative model in disadvantaged regions and how to put together new resources within the cooperative movement or with the support of governments for this purpose.

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