In a letter organized by NGO alliance InterAction this week, NCBA CLUSA included its voice in welcoming the incoming United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. The letter, signed by more than 80 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), outlines the priorities of the NGO community and reiterates its support for Guterres’ proactive agenda.
In the letter, NCBA CLUSA and other signatories highlight the following goals: re-establish the UN’s role as an impartial peace broker, restore respect for the norms that safeguard humanity—including freedom from fear and deprivation, and gender equality—and enhance the UN’s effectiveness and reputation through increased transparency and reforms.
“You stated that 2017 is to be the year of peace. For this to happen, it must be the year of action,” the letter states, recommending “meaningful cooperation” among member states and the establishment of a “new way of working within the UN system” to propel that action.
As the apex organization representing the U.S. cooperative sector to the International Cooperative Alliance, NCBA CLUSA has long worked alongside the UN to advance the goals of the global cooperative community. The UN has actively sought the inclusion of cooperatives since it named 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives. “Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to both pursue economic viability and social responsibility, then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during observances that year.
The UN remains in a unique position to establish global standards and policy guidance that create an enabling environment for cooperative development.
InterAction is an alliance of more than 180 NGO members—among them NCBA CLUSA—that partner, share best practices and combine their voices to achieve greater collective impact. InterAction convenes, leads and influences coordinated action to drive policies and practices that advance the elimination of extreme poverty and vulnerability, strengthen human rights, safeguard a sustainable planet, promote peace and ensure dignity for all people.