"In this crucially important year in which the world will commit itself to an inspiring new development agenda, including a set of sustainable development goals, let us recommit to the cooperative business model and use its many benefits to fulfil our vision of a life of dignity for all."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Theme for 2015: Choose co-operative, choose equality
In 1992, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed, in its resolution 47/90 of 16 December 1992, the International Day of Cooperatives to be celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July.
The aim of this International Day is to:
- Increase awareness on cooperatives;
- Highlight the complementarily of the goals and objectives of the United Nations and the international cooperative movement;
- Underscore the contribution of the movement to the resolution of the major problems addressed by the United Nations;
- Strengthen and extend partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other actors, including governments, at local, national and international levels.
This year, International Co-operative Day, to be celebrated on 4 July, will have the theme of “Choose co-operative, choose equality”.
The co-operative movement presents a unique combination of global reach and needs-based business conduct. Play an important role in poverty reduction by widening ownership and by giving people a voice, both inside their organizations and in society as a whole.