Doug O’Brien leads delegation representing NCBA CLUSA at the 6th Cooperative Summit of the Americas


The 6th Cooperative Summit of the Americas is meeting this week in Asunción, Paraguay, followed immediately by the 8th Continental Congress of Cooperative Law.

This year’s summit is an opportunity to highlight the impact and commitment of the American cooperative movement to the broader international community’s agenda for recovery post-COVID, climate action and sustainable development.

Organized by Cooperatives of the Americas in partnership with its member organizations from Paraguay, the summit is expected to draw 1,200 attendees for three days of debate and learning. Attendees will amplify current issues, identify advocacy priorities and rally around actions that anchor cooperatives as key actors in the international community.

A delegation representing NCBA CLUSA at the event is comprised of Doug O’Brien, president and CEO of NCBA CLUSA; Carla Decker, chair of NCBA CLUSA’s Board of Directors and COO of IDB Global Federal Credit Union; Alex Serrano, Senior Vice President of International Programs at NCBA CLUSA; and Camila Piñeiro, director of NCBA CLUSA’s Strengthening Cooperatives and Producer Organizations Practice Area. NCBA CLUSA’s delegation will speak on panels addressing financial services and the digitization of the cooperative identity, education and the cooperative identity, cooperative production and distribution of goods, opportunities for cooperatives within the green/circular economy, cooperatives and sustainable food systems, cooperative investments in community, and more. See all the speakers.

Marking the first in-person summit in more than two years, this October’s event will tackle three topics at the heart of the global cooperative movement: co-op identity; economic reactivation with co-op integration; and sustainability and climate change.

Cooperatives of the Americas has held regional summits since 2009 with the goal of building agreements and political commitments that impact cooperatives and their communities across the Americas.

Virtual registration is still available.

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