*Proposed Resolution on the Implementation of the New ICA Structure* (submitted by the Executive Committee) 1. Congress expresses its appreciation to the members of the Structure Committee (Raija Itkonen, Lars Marcus and Bruce Thordarson), and to the Executive Committee, for the proposals regarding the new ICA structure that were approved by the Central Committee in 1991. 2. The changes are timely and will improve the ability of ICA to carry out its role on behalf of, and in collaboration with, its member organisations. 3. It is appropriate that ICA place its emphasis on the five priority areas identified by the Structure Committee: - promoting and defending co-operative values and principles; - stimulating interchange of ideas and collaboration; - spreading information about and to co-operatives; - acting as a catalyst for co-operative development; - being a spokesman to UN organisations and goverments, in consultation with member organisations. 4. A more formal regional structure will enable ICA to be closer to the interests and concerns of its members, while not losing the global focus that is of importance to all members. 5. Accordingly, Congress approves the new ICA Rules, as well as the ICA Policies, Procedures, and Standing Orders, which are to take effect on 1 January, 1993. 6. In order to ensure a smooth transition to this new structure, the present Central Committee should continue in existence until the end of 1992. By that time ICA member organisations should inform the ICA secretariat of their nominations to the new General Assembly. 7. As decided by the Central Committee in 1991, the present Executive Committee members should continue to serve until the meeting of the General Assembly in 1993, at which time the members of the new ICA Board will be elected. 8. In order to provide for nomination of the regional Vice-Presidents, and to plan for implementation of the new Regional Assemblies in 1994, the ICA secretariat should organise consultation meetings with member organisations in its four new regions before the end of June 1993. 9. Although the 30th Congress will be the last Congress as part of the ICA governing structure, it is recommended that a special ICA Centennial Congress be convened, in conjunction with the meeting of the General Assembly, in 1995. *Proposed Declaration on The Environment and Sustainable Development* (submitted by the Executive Committee) 1. The 30th ICA Congress, having received and discussed the report on 'The Environment and Sustainable Development', expresses its appreciation to the contributors to this report for their assessment and analysis of several important aspects of this question. 2. Congress reaffirms the priority which co-operative organisations in all countries should attach to issues affecting the natural environment in which they operate and in which their members live. 3. Congress also expresses its view that it is impossible to separate environmental and developmental issues, since a more equitable sharing of the world's resources is a prerequisite to the introduction of effective environmental programmes. 4. Co-operatives' commitment to action in these areas is a reflection of the basic values which they share both in terms of their business activities and their social responsibilities. 5. Accordingly, movement-to-movement programmes of support between co-operatives should be increased in order to promote democratic, member-owned co-operative organisations. 6. As well, co-operative organisations should initiate and strengthen their own environmental action programmes in order to educate their members, promote sustainable development through their business activities, and influence the policy of governmental authorities. 7. Since food reproduction is a key element of sustainable development, co-operatives should reinforce their commitment to strengthening agricultural and fisheries co-operatives which operate in a manner that preserves the natural environment. 8. The contribution of consumer co-operatives in setting high environmental standards should be recognised and encouraged in view of the leadership role they are playing in many countries. 9. The International Co-operative Alliance should strengthen its role as an information centre regarding environmental and development issues, and should promote the sharing of both information and technical knowledge among its members. 10. As a reflection of their commitment to sustainable development, national co-operative organisations and development agencies should establish their own special environment and development fund(s) and programmes for this purpose. 11. The ICA should be encouraged to establish its own Special Fund for Sustainable Development, which would replace its present Development Fund, in order to expand its own activities in collaboration with member organisations. *The XXXth Congress of the International Co-operative Alliance:* EXPRESSES gratitude and admiration for the memory of the Rochdale Pioneers, who by their courage, inspiration and foresight founded the modern Co-operative Movement REMINDS all members of the Alliance that December 21, 1994 marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Pioneers' little shop in Toad Lane, Rochdale INFORMS the Alliance that the British Movement will be celebrating this outstanding event in an appropriate manner, with the aim of obtaining maximum publicity for the Movement's trading operations and promoting greater public understanding of Co-operative ideals and social aims in the UK and indeed throughout the world INVITES member organisations to join with the UK in celebrating this truly international anniversary. NOTES with pleasure that 1995 will mark the centennial of the Alliance WELCOMES the proposal that the next Congress be held in that year RECOMMENDS that this landmark event should review with pride the 100 years of achievement by the Alliance since its foundation in London in 1895 and plan for future progress ACCEPTS the invitation from the British Movement that the event be held in Manchester, UK.