της Πανελλαδικής Συμμαχίας για το ΝΕΡΟ – Δίκτυο Κινημάτων και Συλλογικοτήτων...
Δημοσιεύθηκε η Διακήρυξη της 3ης Διεθνούς Διάσκεψης Κορυφής των Συνεταιρισμών, που πραγματοποιήθηκε στο Québec, Canada στις 11-13 Οκτωβρίου 2016 και διοργανώθηκε με πρωτοβουλία της Διεθνούς Συνεταιριστικής Συμμαχίας (ICA - International Co-operative Alliance) και του Συνεταιριστικού Ομίλου Desjardins, Canada. Στη διάσκεψη συμμετείχαν 235 προσκεκλημένοι ομιλητές και 3.000 σύνεδροι από 116 χώρες.
Η Διακήρυξη, απαντώντας στους Στόχους Βιώσιμης Ανάπτυξης του ΟΗΕ (SDGs), επικεντρώνεται στην ικανότητα των συνεταιρισμών να δρουν και να εισάγουν στρατηγικές για να συμβάλουν στην επίλυση των μεγάλων παγκόσμιων κοινωνικών, περιβαλλοντικών και οικονομικών ζητημάτων. Στο πλαίσιο αυτό προσδιορίζονται πέντε τομείς, που οι συνεταιρισμοί έχουν τη δύναμη να δρουν αποφασιστικά: ασφάλεια τροφίμων, απασχόληση και αξιοπρεπής εργασία, πρόσβαση σε υγειονομικές και κοινωνικές υπηρεσίες, φτώχεια και οικονομική ένταξη, κλιματική αλλαγή.
Στον τομέα της κλιματικής αλλαγής, στη Διακήρυξη δηλώνεται (μεταξύ άλλων) ότι το παγκόσμιο συνεταιριστικό κίνημα αναλαμβάνει την υποστήριξη της διαχείρισης νερού και αποχέτευσης από συνεταιρισμούς των πολιτών.
Η θέση αυτή της Διακήρυξης είναι αποτέλεσμα σχετικής εισήγησης, που έγινε σε πάνελ της 3ης Διεθνούς Διάσκεψης με θέμα τους συνεταιρισμούς, τα κοινά και τη συνεργατική οικονομία, και με ομιλητές: Agnès Mathis (Director, Cooperatives Europe, Belgium), Nicole Alix (President, La Coop des Communs, France), Kostas Nikolaou (Adjunct Professor - Advisor, Hellenic Open University, Greece), Nathan Schneider (Scholar in Residence, Media Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, USA), David Rodgers (Member of the Principles Committee ICA).
Στη σχετική εισήγηση - μεταξύ άλλων - αναφέρθηκε: “…Μεταξύ των κοινών αγαθών, που επιχειρείται η ιδιωτικοποίησή τους, κυρίαρχη θέση έχουν η τροφή και το νερό, διότι όποιος τα ελέγχει, ελέγχει τις ζωές των ανθρώπων και τους ίδιους τους ανθρώπους…Η αλληλεγγύη του κινήματος νερού των πολιτών της Θεσσαλονίκης και του διεθνούς συνεταιριστικού κινήματος και των ηθικών συνεργατικών τραπεζών, μπορεί να διαμορφώσει τους όρους για να πάρουν οι πολίτες της Θεσσαλονίκης το νερό στα χέρια τους με μη-κερδοσκοπικούς συνεταιρισμούς (Κίνηση 136), για πρώτη φορά σε μια μεγάλη ευρωπαϊκή πόλη. Έτσι θα αναδειχθεί ότι πέρα από τις πολυεθνικές, υπάρχει ένας άλλος κόσμος συνεργατισμού και διεθνούς αλληλεγγύης, που έχει τη δύναμη να δρα...”
Ακολουθεί το πλήρες κείμενο της Διακήρυξης:
COOPERATIVES: THE POWER TO ACT ON THE UNITED NATIONS’ SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALSThe United Nations proclaimed 2012 the “International Year of Cooperatives” and invited the world to take a fresh look at cooperatives and mutuals. That same year, Quebec City, Canada, hosted the first International Summit of Cooperatives. Between the final declaration of that unprecedented meeting and the implementation of the International Co-operative Alliance’s Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade, the global importance of the cooperative and mutual movement was affirmed.At the second International Summit of Cooperatives in 2014, the cooperative and mutual movement set for itself the objective of demonstrating the capacity of cooperatives to innovate and adapt. Summit participants concurred on the goal of promoting the emergence of more cooperatives and strengthening existing ones. The aim was to encourage cooperatives to work together to ensure food security, to pursue their role as creators of wealth and employment, to intensify their actions to promote access to healthcare and financial services for all people, and to continue supporting sustainable development.In 2016, cooperative enterprises gathered once again in Quebec City, this time to focus on cooperatives’ capacity to act on social, environmental and economic issues. In response to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), cooperatives and mutuals recognize that they are in a position of influence in terms of being able to introduce sustainable development strategies and help resolve major world issues.In line with Goal 17 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda, which encourages effective partnerships among governments, the private sector, and civil society to ensure successful sustainable development, cooperatives also recognize their duty to contribute to the search for solutions.Cooperatives are also well aware of the vital role of young people and women in achieving the SDGs, as well as the challenges that will need to be overcome before they can truly be full partners everywhere in the world. Cooperatives have committed to prioritizing the involvement of youth and women in decision-making processes, thereby empowering them to become agents of change.With more than 2.5 million enterprises and 1.5 billion members, cooperatives represent more than 250 million jobs and play a key role as creators of quality employment.Cooperative enterprises were the first globally organized group of enterprises to endorse the Sustainable Development Goals. In doing so, they confirmed that the unique nature of their business model and their cooperative values put them in a position to transform the UN’s sustainable development commitments into real action to the benefit all people.The cooperative business model is more relevant than ever. It meets the new expectations of today’s consumers, who demand that businesses be more socially and economically responsible and support sustainable development. The Summit supports cooperative enterprises by raising awareness, building alliances, providing managers with practical tools, developing new markets, and promoting the growth and development of the cooperative model in an increasingly competitive and constantly changing economic and financial world.The cooperative movement is confident that its business model can help achieve the SDGs, which is why it has set itself measurable objectives to promote the growth of the model and improve the reputation of its enterprises. By 2030, the cooperative movement hopes to include:
The cooperatives that attended the 2016 Summit are aware of the enormity of the task at hand, but they are committed to playing a central role in achieving the SDGs. They have identified five areas where their power to act can be put to good use.FOOD SECURITYWhereas food security means access to healthy, nutritional and sufficient food for everyone to ensure that they can be active and healthy;Whereas, despite the progress made over the last two decades in developing regions, the fact that there are 795 million under-nourished people around the world is a source of great concern;Whereas by the middle of this century, the global population will reach 9 billion people, and in order to feed them all, agricultural production will have to rise by 60%;Whereas there are a number of phenomena, including urbanization, climate change, armed conflict, speculation and natural catastrophes, that threaten to compromise food security, the eradication of hunger and the reduction of poverty; andWhereas cooperatives directly contribute to Goal 2 (No hunger), and Goal 1 (No poverty) and Goal 3 (Good health) of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;Now, therefore, cooperatives undertake to support global food security by:
ECONOMIC GROWTH, EMPLOYMENT AND DECENT WORKWhereas income inequality continues to worsen, even in advanced economies, and whereas more than 200 million people are unemployed worldwide in 2016 and this number is expected to rise over the coming years;Whereas young people, particularly young women, are overrepresented among the unemployed, and close to 30% of young people do not have a job, attend school or receive training;Whereas vulnerable employment is on the rise in emerging countries, developing countries and developed countries, and the number of workers in vulnerable employment currently stands at 1.44 billion;Whereas elderly people represent more than 20% of the total population in the developed world and hundreds of thousands of businesses face closure each year due to retiring owners not being able to find suitable successors;Whereas small and medium enterprises facing brief periods of financial hardship often close, even when they could continue to operate by transferring ownership to their workers in the form of a cooperative;Whereas cooperatives directly contribute to promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization, foster innovation both in urban and rural areas, contribute to economic sovereignty at both national and local levels, and prevent the relocation and offshoring of enterprises;Whereas cooperatives have shown to be instrumental to developing inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work, particularly in regions where they make up a large part of the economy; andWhereas cooperatives directly contribute to Goal 8 (Good jobs and economic growth), Goal 4 (Quality education), Goal 5 (Gender equality), and Goal 10 (Reduced inequalities) of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;Now, therefore, cooperatives undertake to help improve the global economic growth, employment and decent work situation by:
ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE AND SOCIAL SERVICESWhereas health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being;Whereas 400 million people do not have access to essential healthcare services, and 6% of the inhabitants of low- or intermediate-income countries live in extreme poverty due to the cost of healthcare;Whereas improving health and well-being largely depends on efforts to implement universal healthcare coverage, which many countries still do not have;Whereas even in developed countries not everyone has access to healthcare, primary care and social services for a variety of reasons, including inadequate geographic distribution of doctors, healthcare centres and services, to the detriment of remote areas and disadvantaged urban areas;Whereas in many countries population growth, population aging and the spread of chronic diseases contribute to an increase in both demand and costs and complicate access to healthcare services;Whereas the mutualist values and social nature of cooperatives can help mitigate speculative risk in a the healthcare sector, which is particularly sensitive to such risk;Whereas cooperatives and mutuals offer practical and original solutions to handle many of the challenges related to improving access to healthcare and social services; andWhereas cooperatives directly contribute to the achievement of Goal 3 (Good health), as well as Goal 1 (No poverty) and Goal 10 (Reduced inequalities) of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;Now, therefore, cooperatives undertake to contribute to better access to healthcare and social services by:
POVERTY AND FINANCIAL INCLUSIONWhereas more than 2 billion adults do not have access to financial services;Whereas financial inclusion and education are key factors in the fight against poverty;Whereas over 50 countries and the World Bank have set targets for expanding financial inclusion;Whereas financial cooperatives are drivers of financial inclusion and in some countries able to reach many more people than other types of financial institutions;Whereas financial cooperatives have a strong presence in rural and remote areas, which are barely serviced, if at all, by other financial institutions;Whereas access to savings products positively contributes to the autonomy of women, youth and indigenous peoples, as well as productive investment, consumption, and increased productivity and income;Whereas access to a chequing account can act as a springboard to help people take charge of their own development;Whereas mutual microinsurance is recognized as an efficient and effective risk mitigation mechanism that alleviates poverty, provides gender empowerment and assists rural communities and needs to be promoted, encouraged and allowed to exist; andWhereas cooperatives can provide effective solutions to the challenges of poverty and financial inclusion and directly help achieve Goal 1 (No poverty), Goal 2 (No Hunger), Goal 4 (Quality education), Goal 8 (Good jobs and economic growth) and Goal 10 (Reduced inequalities) of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;Now, therefore, cooperatives undertake to help improve access to financial services and to promote financial inclusion by:
CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENTWhereas climate change is one of the three biggest global risks to the future of societies and the planet’s biological systems, according to the World Economic Forum;Whereas it has been scientifically proven that the atmosphere is warming due to greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity, which has led to a rise in the number of natural disasters, thereby threatening food production, among other things;Whereas greenhouse gas emissions must urgently and significantly be reduced in order to limit global warming;Whereas tremendous effort will be required to achieve the goal set out in the Paris Agreement, negotiated at COP21 and adopted on December 12, 2015, to keep a global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit this increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius; andWhereas cooperatives are in a position to help address several challenges related to Goal 13 (Climate action), as well as Goal 6 (Clean water and sanitation), Goal 7 (Renewable energy), Goal 11 (Sustainable cities and communities) and Goal 12 (Responsible consumption) of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;Now, therefore, cooperatives undertake to contribute to sustainable development and to act in order to limit global warming by:
THE POWER TO ACT OF COOPERATIVESThe power that cooperatives have to act is far-reaching and extends to a majority of the global challenges targeted by the Sustainable Development Goals. The global cooperative movement pledges its commitment to help achieve the SDGs in order to make a tangible and measurable contribution to the search for solutions around the world.In a context marked by a massive increase in inequality, unemployment, insecurity and conflict, by unprecedented levels of connectedness and interdependence never before seen in the history of humanity, and by growing citizen interest in the collaborative and circular economy, the cooperative model is now, more than ever, the answer the world needs to address the challenges it faces and to take advantage of the opportunities that arise. By committing to the Sustainable Development Goals in a measurable way and adopting growth objectives for 2030, the global cooperative movement is putting forward its collective expertise and its power to act.International cooperative development and intercooperation represent our collective commitment to forming a global partnership for sustainable development. But it will require the collaboration and cooperation of all stakeholders, from the private sector to all levels of government, and the support of all generations.To illustrate our first collective action, we are submitting to the UN the 403 projects already underway and the 345 project proposals that came out of the workshops held during the 2016 International Summit of Cooperatives. The aim is to prepare a catalogue of concrete projects to record what is already being done in connection with the 17 sustainable development goals, to inspire other cooperatives and mutuals to set up similar projects, and to develop tools to ensure the results are shared.As for the project proposals, our intention is to set up a bank of projects that can be piloted with the support of international organizations such as the UN and the International Co-operative Alliance.