co-operatives effectively fight poverty and hunger and are better placed to contribute to the realization of the 17 SDGs, amongst which SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production.
This year, the International Day of Co-operatives will be celebrated on the 7th of July 2018.
Co-operators from around the world are invited to participate in selecting the #CoopsDay slogan. Until noon on the 8th of February (UTC−5), Twitter users can vote for one of three potential slogans:
Want to help pick the #CoopsDay slogan? Cast your vote here
Why this theme?
The 2018 International Day of Co-operatives theme is aligned with that of the 2018 High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF): "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies". During the HLPF in July, UN Member States will review progress towards achieving the following Sustainable Development Goals:
Co-operatives have two centuries’ experience building sustainable and resilient societies. Among the examples, consumer co-operatives support sustainable sourcing for their products and educate consumers about responsible consumption. Agricultural co-operatives work to maintain the longevity of the land where they grow crops through sustainable farming practices. Housing co-operatives help ensure safe dwellings. Co-operative banks contribute to stability thanks to their proximity to their clients and provide access to finance at local level and are widespread even in remote areas. Utility co-operatives are engaged in the transition to cleaner electricity and rural access to energy and water. Worker and social co-operatives are active in diverse sectors (health, communications, tourism) to provide goods and services in an efficient, planet-friendly way, while creating long-term, sustainable jobs.
Through #CoopsDay, local and global policymakers can learn how co-operatives contribute to more sustainable and resilient societies and work towards including co-operatives in policy processes related to sustainability issues.
About the International Day of Co-operatives
Since 1995, the United Nations International Day of Co-operatives is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July.
The aim of this celebration is to increase awareness on co-operatives, highlight the complementary goals and objectives of the United Nations and the international co-operative movement, underscore the contributions of the movement to the resolution of the major problems addressed by the United Nations and strengthen and extend partnerships between the international co-operative movement and other actors.
In 1992, following a concerted lobbying effort by the co-operative members of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and COPAC members, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the first Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day of
Co-operatives, marking the centenary of the establishment of the Alliance, by resolution 47/90 of 16 December 1992.
Indeed, since 1995, the Alliance and the United Nations have been setting the theme for the celebration of the International Day through COPAC, a multi-stakeholder partnership of global public and private institutions, of which the Alliance is a founding member, that champions and supports people-centred and self-sustaining co-operative enterprises as leaders in sustainable development.