Previous Editions

2014 Edition: Cooperatives’ Power of Innovation

October 5 to 9, 2014

The second edition was held in Quebec City, Canada. On this occasion, 3,000 people participated, including more than 200 young leaders. Participants came from 93 countries. Organized around the theme Cooperatives’ Power of Innovation, the 2014 Summit said loud and clear that cooperatives are a solution to global issues and challenges, thanks to their amazing ability to innovate.

Courses of action were proposed in the Declaration

The participants of the 2nd edition met to discuss economic issues, the development of cooperative businesses, food security, employment and access to health care and services. Courses of action were proposed.

To influence policy makers, the Declaration and the World Cooperative Monitor were sent to all members of the G20. In addition, the Board of Directors of the Alliance inform their respective networks about the Declaration and the Summit outcomes.

The International Summit of Cooperatives is an initiative of the International Co-operative Alliance and Desjardins Group.

2012 Edition: The Amazing Power of Cooperatives

October 8 to 11, 2012

The first International Summit of Cooperatives was held in Quebec City, Canada in October 2012, and attracted more than 2,800 people from 91 countries. Organized around the theme The Amazing Power of Cooperatives, the 2012 Summit clearly demonstrated that cooperatives are a real force in the global economy.

A Declaration Presented to the United Nations

The participants at the 2012 Summit acknowledged the important contribution that cooperatives and mutuals make to the socio-economic well-being of people and communities and to a balanced and more stable plural economy. The Declaration, enhanced with comments from participants, was presented to the United Nations at the official closing of the International Year of Cooperatives on November 19 and 20, 2012.

The Summit is the result of collaboration between the Alliance, Desjardins Group and St. Mary's University.