United Nations (1996)

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This document has been made available in electronic format by 
the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)
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December, 1996
(Source: Asia-Pacific Co-op News, Vol.3, No.1
Sept-Dec.,1996, p.16-17)


UNITED NATIONS
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New Head for ILO Office in Delhi
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A communique from ILO area office in Delhi informed that
Mr.Werner Blenk has been appointed as the Director of the ILO
area office in New Delhi with effect from 15 September 1996.

Meanwhile Dr. Rizwansul Islam the Director ILO South Asia
Multidisciplinary Advisory Team has been appointed as Deputy
Director of the development Policies at the ILO Geneva. 
Mr. A.S.Oberoi has replaced as the Director SAMAT.

Mr. Ejvind Mogensen, Co-operative Specialist has joined 
the SAMAT from July 1996. Formerly he worked as the Regional 
Advisor on Co-operative Development in ILO Office 
Bangkok.


ILO COOPNET and COOPREFORM Projects Merge
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As a follow up of the recommendations of an evaluation team 
in 1996, the two projects ILOCOOPNET and ILO COOPREFORM have
merged.

The evaluation team has also recommended the objectives of the 
COOPNET should be narrowed down to supporting effective HRD 
policies and programmes and co-operative entrepreneurship. 
The team has also recommended to make full use of ICA network of 
members. The collaboration with the ICA should be further 
strengthened especially at the 
regional level.

United Nations Celebrates the International
Day for Co-operatives
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Co-operative leaders from around the world met at the United
Nations Headquarters in New York in the first week of July to
celebrate the International Day of Co-operatives.

The event was organised by the United Nations, the International 
Co-operative Alliance and the Committee for the Promotion and 
Advancement of Co-operatives (COPAC)

The event provided the leaders of the international co-operative movement 
an opportunity to discuss with United Nations senior officials and inform 
the international media about the actual and potential contribution of 
co-operative business enterprise to the achievement of 
goals held with the United Nations.

The discussions focused on the following issues:

-    the potential of the co-operative movement to participate as distant 
stakeholder and full partner with the United Nations in the follow-up to 
Copenhagen, Beijing and Istanbul and institutional procedures and structures 
whereby such participation maybe most effective;

-    the contribution of co-operative business enterprise to the 
achievement of the goals of the International year and Decade for 
the Eradication of Poverty and to the realisation of the 
goals of World Food Summit;

-    the potential of the co-operative movement to develop human resources
and institutional capabilities;

-    the co-operative movement as a means for the economic social 
and political empowerment of women;

-    the contribution of co-operative business enterprise to the 
provision of appropriate and affordable social services;

-    the capacity of the co-operative movement to undertake
     appropriate technical assistance as a compliment to
     governmental, multilateral and bilateral assistance;

-    the ways and means whereby partnership maybe strengthened 
between co-operatively organised business enterprises and the 
United Nations development system.
     
Senior officials and specialist staff of the United Nations
leaders of the international co-operative movement and
representatives of members organisations of the committee 
for the promotion and Advancement of Co-operatives attended the
celebrations.