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Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives  
COPAC is a successful and on-going partnership between representatives of the cooperative movement, farmers´ organizations, cooperative development agencies, and the United Nations and its agencies. Members work together on equal terms to promote and coordinate sustainable cooperative development through policy dialogues, technical cooperation and information, and concrete collaborative activities. COPAC Website
International Co-operative Alliance (ICA)

ICA is an independent, non-governmental association which unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide. Founded in 1895, ICA has 230 member organisations from 92 countries active in all sectors of the economy. Together these co-operatives represent more than 800 million individuals worldwide. ICA Website

International Labour Organization (ILO)
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. It was founded in 1919 and is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles which brought the League of Nations into being and it became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946. ILO Website
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO Website

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, was established as an international financial institution in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. The Conference was organized in response to the food crises of the early 1970s that primarily affected the Sahelian countries of Africa. The conference resolved that "an International Fund for Agricultural Development should be established immediately to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in the developing countries". IFAD Website
The Co-operative College

The Co-operative College is a different kind of college for a different kind of business – working with membership based organisations and enterprises – helping them to become commercially and socially successful. Since its inception in 1919, the College has become recognised throughout the world as a centre of excellence for co-operative learning. COOP College Website