International Day of Cooperatives

This year, International Day of Cooperatives, to be celebrated on 5 July, will have the theme of “Co-operative enterprises achieve sustainable development for all.” Concern for the community is one of the co-operative movement’s founding values and, as such, the need to sustainably safeguard favourable living conditions for communities underpins all co-operatives’ operations and vision. 

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.

Click here to read the Secretary-General’s message.