World Co-operatives Days

Posted on July 6, 2013 by


2012 Call to action:

“The global financial and economic crisis has also demonstrated the resilience of alternative financial institutions such as cooperative […] I encourage all stakeholders to continue building awareness and pursuing policies to strengthen cooperatives everywhere. By contributing to human dignity and global solidarity, cooperatives truly do build a better world.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


In 1992, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed, in its resolution 47/90 of 16 December 1992, the International Day of Cooperatives to be celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July.

The aim of this International Day is to:

  • Increase awareness on cooperatives;
  • Highlight the complementarily of the goals and objectives of the United Nations and the international cooperative movement;
  • Underscore the contribution of the movement to the resolution of the major problems addressed by the United Nations;
  • Strengthen and extend partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other actors, including governments, at local, national and international levels.