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]

  • 2019: COOPS 4 DECENT WORK[4]
  • 2018: Sustainable consumption and production
  • 2017: Co-operatives ensure no one is left behind
  • 2016: Cooperatives: The power to act for a sustainable future.
  • 2015: Choose co-operatives, choose equality
  • 2014: Co-operative enterprises achieve sustainable development for all.
  • 2013: Cooperative enterprise remains strong in time of crisis.
  • 2012: Co-operative enterprises build a better world.
  • 2011: Youth, the future of co-operative enterprise
  • 2010: Cooperative Enterprise Empowers Women
  • 2009: Driving Recovery through Co-operative Enterprise[5]
  • 2008: Confronting Climate Change through Co-operative Enterprise[6][7]
  • 2007 Co-operative Values and Principles for Corporate Social responsibility[8]
  • 2006 Peace-building through Co-operatives[9]
  • 2005: Microfinance is OUR business! Cooperating out of poverty[10]
  • 2004: Co-operatives for Fair Globalisation: Creating Opportunities for All[11][12]
  • 2003: Co-operatives Make Development Happen!: The contribution of co-operatives to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals[13]
  • 2002: Society and Co-operatives: Concern for Community[14]
  • 2001: The Co-operative Advantage in the Third Millennium[15]
  • 2000: Co-operatives and Employment Promotion[16]
  • 1999: Public Policy and Co-operative Legislation[17]
  • 1998: Cooperatives and the Globalization of the Economy[18]
  • 1997: The Co-operative Contribution to World Food Security[19]
  • 1996: Co-operative Enterprise: Empowerment for People-centred Sustainable Development[19]
  • 1995: The ICA Centennial and the Next 100 Years of International Co-operation[19]


  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. ^ International Day Of Cooperative, Theme EverGalax 15/4/2019.
  5. ^ 15th United Nations International Day of Cooperatives: "Driving global recovery through cooperative enterprise." Food and Agriculture Organization /International Labour Organization. 7 July 2009.
  6. ^ 86th ICA International Cooperative Day. Cooperatives Europe. 5 July 2008.
  7. ^ Mathes, Rohan. Co-operatives must go global - PM. Sri Lanka Daily News. 6 September 2008.
  8. ^ International Day of Cooperatives to Highlight Corporate Social Responsibility. United Nations press release.
  9. ^ Somavía, Juan. Peace-building through Cooperatives. Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives. 2006.
  10. ^ Panel Discussion on Cooperatives, Microfinance to mark International Day of Cooperatives, 23 June. Newswire.
  11. ^ International Day of Cooperatives promotes Fair Globalisation. Agra. 3 July 2004.
  12. ^ Menya, Davis. Co-op day this weekend. Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. 1 July 2004.
  13. ^ UNAG organises peace walk. GhanaWeb. 1 July 2003.
  14. ^ Panel on "Society and Cooperatives: Concern for Community." Social Perspective on Development Branch.
  15. ^ 79th ICA International Co-operative Day, 7th UN International Day of Cooperatives. International Co-operative Alliance. 7 July 2001.
  16. ^ 78th ICA International Co-operative Day, 6th UN International Day of Cooperatives. International Co-operative Alliance. 1 July 2000.
  17. ^ Public Policy and Co-operative Legislation. National Co-op Update. No. 22 July/August 1999.
  18. ^ Annan, Kofi. Secretary-General's Message for International Day of Cooperatives. United Nations. 2 July 1998.
  19. ^ a b c Planning Underway for 2005 International Co-operatives Day. International Co-operative Alliance. 25 October 2004.

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