International Day of Cooperatives 2016

International Day of Cooperatives, 11 July 2016

International Day of Cooperatives 2016The theme for the 2016 International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) is ‘Cooperatives: The power to act for a sustainable future’.

The slogan coincides with the theme of implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to which the cooperative movement has pledged its commitment. It also echoes the slogan of the 2016 International Summit of Cooperatives, which will take place in October 2016 and address cooperative engagement in SDG achievement.

In September 2015, the UN Member States adopted a 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, containing the seventeen SDGs. In paragraphs 41 and 67 of the outcome document, cooperatives are acknowledged within the private sector as important actors in implementing the Agenda. Cooperatives are similarly mentioned in paragraphs 13, 35 and 39 of the Financing for Development outcome document adopted in August 2015.

The Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in partnership with the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC) will co-host the UN observance of the 2016 International Day of Cooperatives on 11 July 2016 from 1:15pm to 2:30pm at UN headquarters in New York, during the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

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