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A/RES/47/90


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

16 December 1992

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                                                 A/RES/47/90
                                                 89th plenary meeting
                                                 16 December 1992
 
 The role of cooperatives in the light of new economic and social trends
 
     The General Assembly,
 
     Recalling its resolution 44/58 of 8 December 1989, in particular
paragraph 4 thereof, and taking note of Economic and Social Council resolution
1992/25 of 30 July 1992,
 
     Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General on the status and role of
cooperatives in the light of new economic and social trends,
 
     Recognizing the importance of the policy-oriented research being
undertaken by the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs of
the Secretariat concerning the relevance of cooperatives to the achievement of
the social policy objectives set forth in the Guiding Principles for
Developmental Social Welfare Policies and Programmes in the Near Future, in
the execution of which it acts as a focal point within the United Nations
system,
 
     Bearing in mind that 1995 will mark the centenary of the establishment of
the International Cooperative Alliance,
 
     Taking note with satisfaction of the important recommendations contained
in the report of the Secretary-General directed towards ensuring the best
possible means of dealing with the issue of cooperatives in the light of their
broad significance in contributing to the solution of major economic and
social problems,
 
     Welcoming the recommendation contained in paragraph 4 (a) of the report
of the Secretary-General, and bearing in mind the substantial support shown by
Governments and by the international cooperative movement for the idea of
observing an international day of cooperatives,
 
     Expressing its appreciation to government agencies, national
organizations representing cooperatives, the specialized agencies and other
organizations, especially the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of
Cooperatives, for their valuable contribution,
 
     1.   Takes note with appreciation of the report of the Secretary-General
on the status and role of cooperatives in the light of new economic and social
trends;
 
     2.   Proclaims the first Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day of
Cooperatives, marking the centenary of the establishment of the International
Cooperative Alliance, and decides to consider the possibility of observing an
international day of cooperatives in future years;
 
     3.   Encourages Governments to consider fully the potential of
cooperatives for contributing to the solution of economic, social and
environmental problems in formulating national development strategies;
 
     4.   Encourages the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian
Affairs of the Secretariat to redouble its efforts of support and coordination
in order to achieve the social policy objectives set forth in the Guiding
Principles for Developmental Social Welfare Policies and Programmes in the
Near Future;
 
     5.   Invites government agencies, national organizations representing
cooperatives, the specialized agencies and other organizations, especially the
Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives, to maintain and
increase their programmes of support to the international cooperative
movement, within existing resources;
 
     6.   Also invites, as the Economic and Social Council already did in its
resolution 1668 (LII) of 1 June 1972, the specialized agencies that have a
substantial interest in cooperatives, especially the United Nations Industrial
Development Organization, and other organizations, particularly the World Bank
and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, as well as other
relevant international organizations of cooperatives that are not yet members
of the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives, to become
members at an early date in order to ensure its effectiveness by their
contribution of appropriate resources;
 
     7.   Requests the Secretary-General, within existing resources, to
maintain and increase the support provided by the United Nations to the
programmes and objectives of the international cooperative movement, and to
submit a report to the General Assembly at its forty-ninth session on the
status and role of cooperatives in the light of new economic and social
trends, indicating in his report the progress made towards that goal.