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International Day of Cooperatives (IDC)

United Nations International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated annually on the first saturday of July. It underscores the contribution of the cooperative movement to resolving global issues addressed jointly by the cooperative movement and the United Nations. The theme is generally selected in the first quarter of the year by COPAC.

Aim

The aim of the International Day of Cooperatives declared by the United Nations in 1995 is to increase awareness on cooperatives, highlight the complementarily of the goals and objectives of the United Nations and the international co-operative movement and, underscore the contribution of the movement to the resolution of the major problems addressed by the United Nations. The International Day also aims to strengthen and extend partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other actors, including governments, at local, national and international levels. See more background information >>

UN International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated on the same day as the International Cooperative Day which has been celebrated by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) since 1923. 

International Day of cooperatives 2012 logo 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"


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.




Themes and Past Celebrations

COPAC members annually celebrate the United Nations International Day of Cooperatives by making materials available on the theme of the Day.
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