ILO COOP 100 Webinar III - Cooperatives for Climate Action

Waste picker in Bogota, Colombia
3 July 2020 - 3 July 2020

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. CEST (GMT+2)

The International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) is celebrated on the first Saturday of July every year. The theme of the 2020 IDC is "Cooperatives for Climate Action" as linked with Sustainable Development Goal 13 on taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

On 3 July 2020, the eve of the International Day of Cooperatives, the ILO will host a webinar on this theme as part of the ILO COOP Centenary Webinar series. This webinar aims to highlight climate change mitigation and adaptation actions being undertaken by cooperative enterprises and their relevance in creating decent jobs. 


The 1.5 hour-long webinar is targeted at ILO constituents (governments, workers’ & employers’ organizations), cooperatives and social and solidarity economy (SSE) organizations and UN and other development agencies.

Dr. Sonia M. Dias, WIEGO’s Waste Sector Specialist will reflect on the contributions of waste pickers to recycling, and the decent work deficits they face including lack of occupational safety and health, social protection and limited negotiation power with public and private actors in the waste management chain. 

During her presentation, she will also highlight how waste pickers’ cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy (SSE) institutions support their members in addressing these challenges. She will also explore how waste picker cooperatives contribute to the reduction of GHG emission and how supporting cooperatives with infrastructure, equipment  and capacity building enables them to enhance their contribution to the sustainable development goals (#SDG13).


  • Dr Sonia M. Dias, Waste Sector Specialist, Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
  • Dirk Vansintjan, President, European Federation of Renewable Energy Cooperatives (REScoop.eu), Belgium
  • Noel Raboy, President and CEO, CLIMBS Life and General Insurance Cooperative, Philippines 
  • Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Manager, Green Jobs Programme, ILO


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