Cooperatives and the Sustainable Development Goals: A contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

In preparation for the new global development agenda ILO COOP, jointly with the International Co-operative Alliance, undertook an initiative to bring cooperative voices into the debate to better understand how cooperative enterprises contribute to this agenda and the role they could play in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of this initiative a report, a policy brief, a survey brief and commentaries on the topic were developed, in addition to participation in a series of policy dialogues. It served to stimulate discussion on the role of cooperatives in the design and implementation of the SDGs. The role of cooperatives is recognized as means of implementation for the SDGs, and is also highlighted in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development.