The XXIII Regional Conference of Cooperatives of the Americas concludes

Opening of the XXIII Regional Conference of the President of Cooperatives of the Americas, Dr. Graciela Fernández Quintas.

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Economía, "Economic, social and environmental perspectives for the cooperative movement of the future in the Americas"

This Regional Conference addressed the economic, social and environmental perspectives for the cooperativism of the future in the Americas.


In that sense, it sought to be a collective expression of the diversity of territories and sectors that make up Cooperatives of the Americas and their actions around the Economy, in a search to be understood again as the practice and science of the administration of community environments ( family, relational, territorial) for the production of development and sustainable growth.


Below are the details of the participation formats:



1. In-person participation: The members of the Board of Directors of Cooperatives of the Americas, the boards of directors of the committees and networks, the delegations of El Salvador and Guatemala, representatives of the Honduran cooperative movement, international guests and panelists. 


2.Virtual Participation: Virtually anyone and everyone who wants to can participate either individually or as a group by organization. 



Introduction and context


Our America is a wonderful continent, although it continues to be traversed from north to south by those inequalities that we began to know well before learning about them from our studies in schools.

Our territories and the communities that make them up and have always animated them reflect the sad primacy of the most unequal Region in the world.

El Economy and Development Report published in October 2022 by CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, clearly highlights that, despite the enormous wealth of resources and “Although economic and social progress has been achieved in recent decades, the challenge of achieving a better distribution of income, wealth and also educational and employment opportunities to which Latin Americans and the Caribbean have access remains.


Always at the end of 2022, with his Social Panorama, ECLAC could not but confirm the increase in rates and gaps produced during the COVID-19 Pandemic, which since the first year of the outbreak had caused it to reveal a setback of almost three decades; a few months later, with the Conclusions of the Sixth Forum on Sustainable Development confirmed the data from another point of view: it revealed to us that although we have covered half the time to implement the 2030 Agenda, only 24,6% of the SDGs will be achieved with the current trend, while almost half of them (48,4%) the trend is correct but not enough to reach them; unfortunately in 27,0% of the SDGs there is regression.

If, on the one hand, more comforting data is appearing on the reactivation or tools and conditions have been created for an economic and social relaunch, as we can see with the accelerator initiatives proposed by ECLAC itself, the outstanding investment funds of the EU-CELAC Summit and the opportunities generated by the historic UN Resolution on the Social Economy, there is still no glimpse of a new paradigm or development model.



Cultural act and inauguration

08:30 Honduras time

Panel I: Opening

08:45 Honduras time

Panel II, “From the linear chain to the circular economy: transforming food systems cooperatively.”

10:30 Honduras time

Panel III: "Cooperative finance, engine of alliances, inclusion and integration opportunities."

11:45 Honduras time

Panel IV: "Generation of decent work, from the territories as contributions to social development and sustainability."

14:30 Honduras time

Panel V: "Invest in the knowledge of young people and women to overcome gaps and inequalities in the Region."

15:45 Honduras time


Introduction to the day.

08:30 Honduras time

Panel I: "Opportunities from the Social Economy and the EU-CELAR Summit to channel development and reduce inequalities."

08:45 Honduras time

Panel II: «Incidence and public policies for the cooperative impact on the real economy».

10:30 Honduras time

Panel III, "Essential public services for local development: a look at cooperativism."

11:45 Honduras time

Panel IV, "Accelerate economic reactivation and incubate the future: cooperative entrepreneurship 2.0."

14:30 Honduras time

Panel V: Closing «Looks to the future: for an Economy at the service of people and communities. From the Americas to the global.

15:45 Honduras time



The values ​​are indicative, do not depend on Cooperativas de las Américas and are subject to availability.  

The values ​​are indicative, do not depend on Cooperativas de las Américas and are subject to availability.  

The values ​​are indicative, do not depend on Cooperativas de las Américas and are subject to availability.  

The values ​​are indicative, do not depend on Cooperativas de las Américas and are subject to availability.  

The values ​​are indicative, do not depend on Cooperativas de las Américas and are subject to availability.  


Cooperatives of the Americas (formerly ICA – Americas) is the regional representation of the International Cooperative Alliance for the American continent.


The Regional Office for the Americas was established in 1990 in San José, Costa Rica. Its primary objective is "to promote the repositioning of the cooperative model in the new economic, political, social and commercial environment, supporting the member organizations of the Alliance in the Americas in the dissemination and defense of the cooperative identity, the promotion of business and the human resource development”.