Policy and Regulatory Environment: Creating a conducive regulatory framework that supports the growth of cooperatives.
Education and Capacity-building: Providing training and skills development opportunities to cooperative members and leaders.
The Culture of Cooperation: Fostering a culture that promotes collaboration and cooperation among cooperative enterprises.
Funding and Finance: Ensuring access to financial resources for cooperatives, including microfinancing options.
Building Networks and Partnerships: Encouraging collaboration and partnerships among cooperatives, other businesses, and civil society organizations.
The report also puts forward four key recommendations for Member States to strengthen and support cooperatives as successful business enterprises that can enhance sustainable development and economic and social well-being:
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Approach: Adopt the entrepreneurial ecosystem approach and support further research to inform evidence-based policies.
Data Collection: Collect comprehensive and internationally comparable data on the role of cooperative enterprises in economic and social development and their contributions to the SDGs.
Integration in National Plans: Integrate cooperatives into national development plans, Sustainable Development Goal reporting processes, and national consultations on social and economic policies.
Policy Support: Provide policy analysis, technical support, and capacity-building assistance to promote the continued growth of cooperatives for sustainable development.
The 2023 UN report recognizes the ongoing importance of cooperatives in promoting sustainable development, emphasizing their potential for economic and social progress. By implementing supportive policies and partnerships, cooperatives can play a key role in achieving the 2030 Agenda's goals. This report continues the UN's tradition of recognizing cooperatives as vital partners in social development, dating back to the 1950s and reaffirmed every two years since 1992. It represents a crucial step in assessing progress and ensuring cooperatives remain central to global efforts for inclusive and sustainable development.