International Day of Co-operatives 2017: Celebrating inclusion

02 Jun 2017

The 2017 International Day of Co-operatives will commemorate on Saturday, 1 July, the achievements of co-operatives to inclusive development, under the theme ‘Co-operatives ensure no one is left behind’.

This slogan echoes the 2016 theme of the UN High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) and takes forward the 2017 HLPF theme of ‘Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world’.

Through the 2017 International Day, the co-operative movement will show how its unique business model, being based on democracy and openness, creates opportunities for those most at risk for being left behind in the push for a more sustainable future – smallholder farmers, youth, aging persons, women, persons with disabilities, and the rural poor.

The Alliance has published a statement for the International Day and will co-organise the United Nations observance of the Day, under the auspices of the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Co-operatives (COPAC), of which the Alliance is a founding member.

There are many ways to celebrate the International Day of Co-operatives:

· Communicate to policymakers in your city, country, or region how co-operatives are building a better world, and ask for their support.

· Organise a celebration that showcases your co-operative’s contributions to inclusion.

· Post videos and photos on social media and online that illustrate how your co-operative ensures no one in your community is left behind.

We want to know how you’re celebrating! Share with the Alliance at

Interested in attending the United Nations observance of the International Day of Co-operatives? The event will take place during the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on 10-19 July at UN headquarters in New York. The date will be confirmed in early to mid-June. If you would like an invitation, please contact. Fran McCrae, COPAC coordinator, at