The Background Info Notes - Intro

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         THE BACKGROUND INFORMATION NOTES PREPARED 
        FOR THE WORLD SUMMIT ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
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A series of eight (8) Background Information Notes were prepared
by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) in collaboration
with the United Nations Department for Policy Coordination and
Sustainable Development (UN DPCSD) for the WSSD.  Assistance was
also provided by the International Federation of Agricultural
Producers (IFAP) in the preparation of the Background Note on
'Farmers' Organizations and Rural Co-operatives', and the World
Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) in the preparation of the note
on 'Savings and Credit Co-operatives'.  

Each note focuses on the sectoral activities and contributions
of co-operatives to the core issues identified by the WSSD. 

     Note 1.        Basis for an Effective Social Partnership.

     Note 2.        Expansion of Productive Employment.

     Note 3.        Eradication of Poverty.

     Note 4.        Social Integration.

     Note 5.        Contribution of Co-ops to Advancement of
                    Women.

     Note 6.        Co-ops and the Health Sector.

     Note 7.        Farmers' Organizations & Rural Co-ops.

     Note 8.        Savings & Credit Co-ops - Credit Unions.
     
These notes were made available to delegates of the World Summit,
to NGO representatives at the NGO Forum and to participants of
the COPAC Open Forum (Special Event) in Copenhagen in March 1995.