We are glad to inform that the National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) in collaboration with ICA Asia Pacific and the support of member organizations organized an online seminar on ‘Cooperatives for Climate Action’ to commemorate the International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) 2020 on 4th of July.
During the online seminar, Dr Chandra Pal Singh Yadav, President of NCUI and member of the Board of Directors of IRU, pointed out the importance of International Cooperative Day celebrations, and the role cooperatives can play in this regard. He said that the Pandemic taught us to take care of the environment and to nurture mother earth for the welfare of human being, through small behavioral changes in our day to day life. He said that climate change is no more an environmental concern, but a major developmental challenge for the planet – its people and their livelihood and the major concern areas in the wake of Climate Change are sustainable agricultural production, food security of the nation and agricultural dependent livelihoods. He stressed out that during the United Nation’s ‘Decade of Ecosystem Restoration Campaign for 2021 – 2030’, we need to dedicate ourselves to enhance food security, sustainable water supply as well as biodiversity. On the occasion of the International Day of Cooperatives, he appealed to all Cooperatives and Co-operators to conserve a part of their surplus to spend on Climate Action and to work together through mutual consultation for building a better world.
The online seminar was moderated by Mr Ritesh Dey, Director for International Relations at NCUI. More than 400 people participated in the online exchange including top Co-operators, Governing Council members of NCUI, key representatives of cooperatives and other related organizations.
A full report of the online seminar with the statements of many more notable participants is available here.
Moreover, a video message (with English subtitle) from Dr. Chandra Pal Singh Yadav on the International Day of Cooperatives has been released. The video can be accessed here.