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International Day of Cooperatives
July 2 is International Day of Cooperatives, thus confirming the role of cooperatives in social, economic, cultural development and achieving the goals of the UN social policy. The purpose of the holiday is to raise public awareness about cooperatives and promote international economic solidarity, equality, and economic efficiency. Every year, the Director-General of the International Labor Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, delivers a speech in honor of the International Day of Cooperatives.
Cooperatives are those associations and enterprises through which people improve their own lives and contribute to the development of the economy, culture, politics, as well as the social development of society and the nation. For many years, these associations have been responsible for the elimination of poverty and have been stakeholders in the national and international politics of the state. Typically, these enterprises are people-oriented, not profit-oriented, and adhere to the norms of ethics and fairness in matters of concentration of capital.
International Day of Cooperatives was established by the members of the International Cooperative Alliance and the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1992. The date of the celebration was chosen in such a way as to coincide with the earlier International Cooperative Day of the International Cooperative Union, which began to be celebrated in 1923.
In honor of the International Day of Cooperatives, we can recall the following facts:
- in 1895, the International Cooperative Alliance begins its work in Brussels;
- in 1945, the United Nations is founded in New York;
- The father of the cooperative movement is Robert Owen, who believed that absolutely all workers have the right to work in good conditions, as well as have access to education for themselves and their children.
How to celebrate
Cooperatives play a big role in social life, and International Day of Cooperatives can be devoted to learning more about the history of the cooperative movement. ICA, COPAC and other cooperative movements can be helped by donations, thereby contributing to the future improvement in the lives of people around the world. You can also become a volunteer and personally deal with some social issues.
When is International Day of Cooperatives celebrated in 2022?
International Day of Cooperatives is observed on the first Saturday of July each year.