Decent Rural Employment



5 July 2008: 14th UN International Day of Cooperatives "Confronting climate change through cooperative enterprise"


FAO and ILO with other members of the Committee for the promotion and advancement of cooperatives (COPAC) celebrate the 14th UN International Day of Cooperatives which this year focuses on climate change. Agricultural cooperatives in different parts of the world can help to enable members to manage climate risks and adapt to climate change. By adhering to environmental standards and promoting local production and marketing as opposed to long distance transport, consumer and producer cooperatives can help to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The large size of their membership places cooperatives in a unique position to raise member awareness about the importance of reducing their carbon footprints and to lobby Governments to significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.


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