International Co-operative Day

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International Co-operative Day is an annual celebration of the co-operative movement observed on the first Saturday in July since 1923 by the International Co-operative Alliance.

On December 16, 1992, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed in resolution 47/90 "the first Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of the establishment of the International Cooperative Alliance."[1] Since 1995 the United Nations' International Day of Co-operatives has been observed jointly alongside International Co-operative Day.[2]

Co-operatives around the world celebrate the day in various fashions and each year the organising institutions agree on a theme for the celebrations. The 2010 theme was Cooperative Enterprise Empowers Women, to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action.[3]

Previous years' themes[edit]

  • 2009: Driving Recovery through Co-operative Enterprise[4]
  • 2008: Confronting Climate Change through Co-operative Enterprise[5][6]
  • 2007 Co-operative Values and Principles for Corporate Social responsibility[7]
  • 2006 Peace-building through Co-operatives[8]
  • 2005: Microfinance is OUR business! Cooperating out of poverty[9]
  • 2004: Co-operatives for Fair Globalisation: Creating Opportunities for All[10][11]
  • 2003: Co-operatives Make Development Happen!: The contribution of co-operatives to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals[12]
  • 2002: Society and Co-operatives: Concern for Community[13]
  • 2001: The Co-operative Advantage in the Third Millennium[14]
  • 2000: Co-operatives and Employment Promotion[15]
  • 1999: Public Policy and Co-operative Legislation[16]
  • 1998: Cooperatives and the Globalization of the Economy[17]
  • 1997: The Co-operative Contribution to World Food Security[18]
  • 1996: Co-operative Enterprise: Empowerment for People-centred Sustainable Development[18]
  • 1995: The ICA Centennial and the Next 100 Years of International Co-operation[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ International Day of Cooperatives. United Nations.
  2. ^ Kavan, Jan. International Day of Co-operatives: "Co-operatives Make Development Happen!" President of the UN General Assembly. 5 July 2003.
  3. ^ 88th International Co-Operative Alliance International Co-Operative Day. Manila Bulletin. 2 July 2010.
  4. ^ 15th United Nations International Day of Cooperatives: "Driving global recovery through cooperative enterprise." Food and Agriculture Organization/International Labour Organization. 7 July 2009.
  5. ^ 86th ICA International Cooperative Day. Cooperatives Europe. 5 July 2008.
  6. ^ Mathes, Rohan. Co-operatives must go global - PM. Sri Lanka Daily News. 6 September 2008.
  7. ^ International Day of Cooperatives to Highlight Corporate Social Responsibility. United Nations press release.
  8. ^ Somavía, Juan. Peace-building through Cooperatives. Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives. 2006.
  9. ^ Panel Discussion on Cooperatives, Microfinance to mark International Day of Cooperatives, 23 June. Newswire.
  10. ^ International Day of Cooperatives promotes Fair Globalisation. Agra. 3 July 2004.
  11. ^ Menya, Davis. Co-op day this weekend. Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. 1 July 2004.
  12. ^ UNAG organises peace walk. GhanaWeb. 1 July 2003.
  13. ^ Panel on "Society and Cooperatives: Concern for Community." Social Perspective on Development Branch.
  14. ^ 79th ICA International Co-operative Day, 7th UN International Day of Cooperatives. International Co-operative Alliance. 7 July 2001.
  15. ^ 78th ICA International Co-operative Day, 6th UN International Day of Cooperatives. International Co-operative Alliance. 1 July 2000.
  16. ^ Public Policy and Co-operative Legislation. National Co-op Update. No. 22 July/August 1999.
  17. ^ Annan, Kofi. Secretary-General's Message for International Day of Cooperatives. United Nations. 2 July 1998.
  18. ^ a b c Planning Underway for 2005 International Co-operatives Day. International Co-operative Alliance. 25 October 2004.

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