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International Year of Cooperatives is about building a better world

By From page A6 | October 25, 2012

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What is the International Year of Cooperatives?

“Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World” is the official slogan of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives in 2012.

Cooperatives and their members around the world will be celebrating and promoting cooperatives in 2012 because of the vital role they play in social and economic development—and meet the daily needs of hundreds of millions of people.

A United Nations International Year of Cooperatives will come only once in our lifetime. It is an unparalleled opportunity to increase the awareness and understanding of cooperative enterprise.

Awareness and action: The designation of specific International Years by the UN General Assembly aims to bring worldwide recognition to major issues, and to encourage international action to address concerns which have global importance and ramifications.

With the designation of each International Year, the United Nations encourages relevant industry sectors, governments and other partners to recognize and celebrate the year but also to develop legacy initiatives that will have an impact beyond the end of the year.

The UN Resolution, “Cooperatives in Social Development,” recognizes the diversity of the cooperative movement around the world and the role of the cooperative business model in achieving economic viability while also contributing social and community benefits.

The UN resolution contains three goals for the International Year of the Cooperative:

* Increase public awareness about cooperatives and their contributions to socio-economic development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals
* Promote the formation and growth of cooperatives
* Encourage governments to establish policies, laws and regulations conducive to the formation, growth and stability of cooperatives

— Courtesy of http://usa2012.coop/about-iyc

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