This year, the International Day of Cooperatives that will be celebrated worldwide on 4 July 2009, focuses on the fact that co-operatives are enterprises which contribute effectively to global economic recovery, but also that these enterprises will do so in respect of the co-operative values and principles which guide their operations.
Indeed, the role of cooperatives in economic, social and cultural development is recognized by the United Nations. In its resolution 47/90 of 16 December 1992, the General Assembly proclaims "the first Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of the establishment of the International Cooperative Alliance, and decides to consider the possibility of observing an international day of cooperatives in future years ...”
In its message for this International celebration Day, the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) highlights the results of a recent study commissioned to the ICA by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). It shows that good performances can be registered in every sector where cooperative enterprises are active. People are increasingly choosing the cooperative form of enterprise to respond to the new economic realities. The success of cooperatives is measured not only on their capacity to serve economically the member’s needs, but also on the social and cultural aid that cooperative enterprises project on the social life returning social cohesion and social equity to members and communities.
International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and
Service Producers' Cooperatives
Secretariat: C/O European Cooperative House - avenue Milcamps 105
1030 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 543 1033, fax: +32 2 543 1037