The ICA is pleased to announce the adoption of the UN resolution, “Co-operatives and social development” which proclaims 2012 International Year of Co-operatives. The resolution (A/RES/64/136) passed on 18 December 2009 by consensus was proposed by 55 UN Member States. It recognises that the co-operative business model is a major factor in realising economic and social development and calls on governments, international institutions, co-operatives and other stakeholders to support the development and growth of co-operatives worldwide.
See text of UN resolution – Cooperatives in Social Development
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ICA Press Release: ICA commends UN on Proclamation of International Year of Co-operatives 2012
UN Press Release: UN declares 2012 International Year of Co-operatives
ILO Press Release: ILO hails UN proclamation of 2012 as International Year Co-operatives