Tomorrow, 1 July, the cooperative movement will commemorate the 101st International Day of Cooperatives under the slogan “cooperatives for sustainable development”.
The International Day of Cooperatives (also known as #CoopsDay) marks the moment of the year when cooperators around the world proudly promote and reaffirm their belonging to a global movement that is bringing prosperity to people and communities in a sustainable and democratic way.
Officially recognized by the United Nations since 1995, the International Day of Cooperatives is also a great occasion to claim towards the international community and national governments the key role of cooperatives as partners to accelerate the urgently needed changes to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As ICA President, Ariel Guarco, says “we must show that economic growth and prosperity can – and should – go hand-in-hand with decent work, reduced inequality and peace. Let’s take advantage of this 1st July to show the world how we have done it in the past, how we do it in the present, and how we will continue to do so in the future."
Cooperatives are, by nature, agents of social and economic transformation. Not only they are driven by values and principles that underpin their community-centered actions, but they build a strong global network of cross-sector cooperative organisations acting at a grassroot level and powered by democratic governance.
In our diversity, let’s together show the world what can be achieved through the power of cooperation!
Read the Press Release here.
Join the #CoopsDay celebration on social media
On the 11 July, tune in for the Voluntary National Review Lab (VNR Lab) "Cooperatives for accelerated sustainable development", organised by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC), with the collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the United Nations, under the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Register here until 5 July.