|DESA News Vol. 13, No. 07||July 2009|
Substantive session for 2009, Geneva, 6-31 July
New Delhi, 6-9 July
Seoul, 6-9 July
Specialized Conference of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences, Helsinki, 7-11 July
The International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated on the first Saturday of July to increase awareness of cooperatives, highlight the complementary nature of the objectives of the United Nations and the international co-operative movement, and underscore the contribution of the movement to the resolution of global issues. The International Day helps strengthen and extend partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other actors, including governments, at local, national and international levels.
This year’s theme is “Driving Global Recovery through Cooperatives”. It focuses on recovery rather than crisis and aims to highlight the role that cooperatives have in not only promoting economic growth, but also in promoting ethical values - values which have been severely challenged during the financial and food crisis. It also underlines that cooperatives can effectively contribute to global economic recovery and that they will do so in respect of the Cooperative Values and Principles which guide their operations.
The theme also allows stakeholders to address the response of the cooperative movement to crisis - financial, food, values. However, it is key to be reminded that cooperatives serve their members needs in both good and bad times whether it be economically, socially and/or culturally. They are not tools to address crisis, but a sustainable form of enterprise that outlives crisis and drives recovery.
For more information: http://www.copac.coop/idc/index.html
No one knows yet what the full scale of this global economic crisis will look like. We do know that women and children in developing countries will bear the brunt of the impact. What started as a financial crisis in rich countries is now deepening into a global economic crisis that is hitting developing countries hard. It is already affecting progress toward reducing poverty.
Policy responses that build on women's roles as economic agents can do a lot to mitigate the effects of the crisis on development, especially because women, more than men, invest their earnings in the health and education of their children. Investments in public health, education, child care and other social services help mitigate the impact of the crisis on the entire family and raise productivity for a healthier economy.
This year’s theme “Fight poverty: Educate girls” will highlight that investing in education and health for women and girls is a smart choice and is linked to productivity, agricultural yields and national income – all of which contribute to the achievement of the MDGs.
For more information: http://www.unfpa.org/wpd/