International Co-operative Day aims to promote movement's successes
The International Co-operative Day and International Day of
Co-operatives is celebrated on the first Saturday of July every year.
Its aim is to increase awareness on co-operatives and promote the
movement's successes and ideals of international solidarity, economic
efficiency, equality and world peace.
The International Day also aims to strengthen and extend partnerships
between the International Co-operative Movement and other actors,
including governments, at local, national and international levels.
International Cooperatives Alliance( ICA) first celebrated
International Day in 1923. In 1994, thanks to the lobbying efforts
through the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives
(COPAC) of which the ICA is a member, the United Nations recognised and
reaffirmed that co-operatives have an important role to play in
economic, social and cultural development and proclaimed an UN
International Day of Co-operatives to be celebrated for the first time
in 1995, marking the centenary of the establishment of the ICA. The UN
requested all its member governments to join with their co-operative
movements to celebrate the day.
The decision of the UN to celebrate an international day with the ICA
highlights the complementarity of the goals and objectives of the United
Nations and the international co-operative movement.
Both, ICA and UN Days are celebrated on the same day - the first
Saturday in July every year.
Since 1995, the ICA and the United Nations through COPAC jointly set
the theme for the celebration of the International Day. It underscores
the contribution of the movement to resolving global issues addressed by
both the Co-operative Movement and the United Nations. The theme is
generally selected in the Spring.