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Financial inclusion: leverage for attaining the UN Sustainable Developments Goals
Introduced by five ambassadors from the United Nations, the last work session of the International Summit of Cooperatives produced specific courses of action intended to attain the goals and targets of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The following themes were studied:
Workshops were held to study the challenges presented by each theme and propose solutions. Headed by DID, the workshop on poverty and financial inclusion featured two guest speakers:
These two experts commented on five of the major challenges associated with increasing financial inclusion and proposed ways to improve the situation of the 2 billion adults who remain without access to financial services.
Some 500 stakeholders took part in this workshop. They were asked to identify ongoing projects and projects in which cooperatives and mutuals might take part in order to overcome these challenges, in addition to identifying individuals and organizations involved or interested in becoming involved.
On the 403 projects underway and 345 project ideas submitted, 136 projects underway and 98 project ideas came out of the Poverty and financial inclusion workshop (and a number of them came from members of Proxfin). Click here to see the list of all projects.
This brainstorming exercise demonstrated the immense power to act of the cooperative and mutualist movement, the first economic power to mobilize and commit to tangible support for the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.