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International Day of Cooperatives 2012

18th UN International Day of Cooperatives, 7 July 2012

"Cooperative enterprises build a better world"
"Les coopératives, des entreprises pour un monde meilleur"
"Las empresas cooperativas ayudan a construir un mundo mejor"

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Background

This year's theme links to the observance of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives. It seeks to encourage the growth and establishment of cooperatives all over the world, and to recognize the actions of cooperatives in helping to achieve internationally agreed upon development goals, such as the Millennium Development Goals.

See more information on the official United Nations International Year of Cooperatives website, and on the COPAC webpage dedicated to the Year.

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Additional Resources

In the context of the International Day of Cooperatives 2012, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) opened a new liaison office for cooperatives and producer organizations. FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva declared that "this liaison office will allow cooperatives and producer organizations to have a stronger voice as FAO's key partners in ending hunger and poverty".
For more information about the FAO liaison office for agricultural cooperatives, see the FAO press release and the website of FAO partnerships with producer organizations and cooperatives.
The International Labour Office (ILO) published the following articles to celebrate the International Day of Cooperatives 2012:
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