Cooperatives in social development

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The present report is submitted in response to General Assembly resolution 68/133. It highlights the potential of cooperatives to contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals. It reaffirms the role of cooperatives as sustainable and successful business enterprises that contribute directly to employment generation, poverty eradication, equality, social inclusion and people’s empowerment. The report also presents the main challenges facing cooperatives and highlights the activities of the United Nations system and its partners in promoting cooperatives. The report concludes with policy recommendations for the further advancement of cooperatives.

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