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A/RES/49/155


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

23 December 1994

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                                              A/RES/49/155
                                              94th plenary meeting
                                              23 December 1994
 
            49/155. The role of cooperatives in the light of new economic and
                    social trends
 
      The General Assembly,
 
      Recalling its resolution 47/90 of 16 December 1992, in particular
paragraph 2 thereof, in which it proclaimed the first Saturday of July 1995 to
be International Day of Cooperatives,
 
      Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General on the status and role of
cooperatives in the light of new economic and social trends, especially the
important recommendations contained in section II of the report aimed at
ensuring the best possible means of dealing with the issue of cooperatives,
taking into account their broad significance in contributing to the solution
of major economic and social problems,
 
      Recognizing that cooperatives in their various forms are becoming an
indispensable factor in the economic and social development of all countries,
promoting the fullest possible participation in the development process of all
population groups, including women, youth, disabled persons and the elderly,
 
      Recognizing also the important contribution and potential of all forms
of cooperatives to the preparations for and follow-up to the World Summit for
Social Development and the Fourth World Conference on Women:  Action for
Equality, Development and Peace, to be held in 1995 and the United Nations
Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) to be held in 1996,
 
      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.    Invites Governments, relevant international organizations,
specialized agencies and national and international cooperative organizations
to observe annually the International Day of Cooperatives on the first
Saturday of July starting from 1995, as proclaimed by the General Assembly in
its resolution 47/90;
 
      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.    Also encourages Governments to consider reviewing legal and
administrative constraints on the activities of cooperatives with a view to
eliminating those constraints that are not applied to other businesses and
enterprises;
 
      5.    Invites government agencies, in collaboration with cooperatives
and other relevant organizations, to develop programmes aimed at improving
statistics on the contribution of cooperatives to national economies and
facilitating dissemination of information on cooperatives;
 
      6.    Invites the World Summit for Social Development, the Fourth World
Conference on Women:  Action for Equality, Development and Peace and the
United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II), in formulating
respective strategies and actions, to give due consideration to the role and
contribution of cooperatives;
 
      7.    Requests the Secretary-General, within existing resources, to
continue to provide support to the programmes and objectives of the
international cooperative movement and to submit to the General Assembly at
its fifty-first session a report on the implementation of the present
resolution.