"Cooperatives are particularly important to agriculture, food security and rural development. In the finance sector, cooperatives serve more than 857 million people, including tens of millions who live in poverty."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Theme for 2014: Co-operative enterprises achieve sustainable development for all.
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 5 July, will have the theme of "Co-operative enterprises achieve sustainable development for all.” Concern for the community is one of the co-operative movement’s founding values and, as such, the need to sustainably safeguard favourable living conditions for communities underpins all co-operatives’ operations and vision.