International Co-operative Day 2013



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The International Co-operative Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July.  UN International Day of Co-operatives is celebrated on the same day as the International Co-operative Day which has been celebrated by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) since 1923.


International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) - 91st ICA International Co-operative Day - 19th UN International Day of Co-operatives - 6th July 2013 - "Co-operative enterprise remains strong in time of crisis"  English

l’Alliance Coopérative Internationale (ACI) 91ème Journée internationale des coopératives de l’ACI - 19ème Journée internationale des coopératives des NU - 6 juillet 2013 - « La coopérative, une entreprise qui reste forte en temps de crise » Francais

Alianza Cooperativa Internacional (ACI) - 91° Día Internacional del Cooperativismo de la ACI - 19° Día Internacional del Cooperativismo de las Naciones Unidas - 6 de julio de 2013 - "La empresa cooperativa se mantiene fuerte en tiempos de crisisEspañol

ALIANÇA COOPERATIVA INTERNACIONAL (ACI) - 91º Dia Internacional da Cooperação da ACI - 19º Dia Internacional das Cooperativas da ONU - 6 de Julho de 2013 - “A empresa cooperativa mantém-se forte em tempos de crise” Português
第91回ICA国際協同組合デーおよび - 第19回国連国際協同組合デーに向けたICAメッセージ - 2013年7月6日 - 「危機にこそ強い協同組合」 日本語
国际合作社联盟第91届国际合作社日、联合国第19届国际合作社日 - 2013年7月6日 - 主题:“合作企业在危机时期依然强劲” 国际合作社联盟致辞 中文
국제협동조합연맹(ICA) 메시지 - 제 91회 ICA 세계협동조합의 날 - 제 19회 UN 세계협동조합의 날 - 2013년 7월 6일 - "위기의 시대에도 강한 협동조합" 한국어
The aim of the day is to increase awareness of co-operatives and promote the movement's successes and ideals of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace.

ICA first celebrated the International Day in 1923. The International Day is now run in partnership with the UN and the UN asks all member governments to participate in the celebrations each year.

The International Day has a different theme each year. Themes in recent years have included 'Co-operative enterprises build a better world' in 2012, ‘Youth, the future of co-operative enterprise’ in 2011 and ‘Co-operative enterprise empowers women’ in 2010. Co-operatives around the world celebrate the Day in many different ways, seeking to gain media coverage and public awareness at a local and national level.

UN International Day of Co-operatives, 6 July 2013 "Cooperative enterprise remains strong in times of crisis" - "La coopérative une entreprise qui reste forte en temps de crise" - "La empresa cooperativa se mantiene fuerte en tiempos de crisis".

This year's theme links to the global economic crisis and how many co-operatives are resilient to the effects of the crisis compared to shareholder businesses.

How to celebrate the International Day?

Co-operatives around the world celebrate the Day in many different ways. Below are examples of some of the activities organised by co-operatives around the world:

• The messages of the ICA and United Nations are translated into local languages and widely disseminated to co-operators, media, and government officials at all levels.

• Co-operatives use the media to create awareness on their movements and contributions.

• Co-operative Fairs, exhibits, contests, and campaigns are held.

• Meetings with government officials, United Nations agencies and other partner organisations are held.

• Co-operatives partner with community agencies to champion economic, environmental, social and health challenges.

• Cultural events are sponsored - theatre, concerts, etc.

Whatever you are doing, we have various ways you can promote your activity


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