Sustainable societies through cooperation
Sustainability is a key principle of the international cooperative movement – from sustainability of local communities to sustainability of our planet, as captured in the internationally-agreed Sustainable Development Goals. In a world of waste and want, the cooperative movement has decided to commemorate the International Day of Cooperatives 2018 under the theme “Sustainable Production and Consumption”.
The International Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of July every year. This year, cooperatives in all countries of the world will be celebrating the day on 7 July 2018, reaffirming commitments to this important cause.
UN DESA’s Division for Inclusive Social Development, in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations and the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC), is organizing a high-level symposium on 5 July at the United Nations in New York, as a prelude to the International Day.
The slogan of the Day, “Sustainable societies through cooperation,” was selected by cooperators from around the world. Through the International Day, local and global policymakers can learn how cooperatives contribute to more sustainable and resilient societies and work towards including cooperatives in policy processes related to sustainability issues.
Cooperatives have two centuries’ experience building sustainable and resilient societies. Agricultural cooperatives work to maintain the longevity of the land where they grow crops through sustainable farming practices. Consumer cooperatives support sustainable sourcing for their products and educate consumers about responsible consumption. Housing cooperatives help ensure safe dwellings. Utility cooperatives are engaged in the transition to cleaner electricity and rural access to energy and water. Worker and social cooperatives aim to provide goods and services in an efficient, planet-friendly way while creating long-term, sustainable jobs.
The 2018 IDC theme is also aligned with that of the 2018 High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF), which is: “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”.
For more information about the Day, please visit: http://bit.ly/UN-IDC2018