International Day of Cooperatives

Date: July (First Saturday)

Organized By: ICA, UN

Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Civil Services Exam, Bank Exams, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams

International Cooperative Day


Every year first Saturday of July is observed as the International Co-operative Day. This day was observed since 1923 by the International Co-operative Alliance. On December 16, 1992, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed to observe first Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day of Cooperatives.


2017: Inclusion. Slogan: Co-operatives ensure no one is left behind

2016: Cooperatives: The power to act for a sustainable future

2015: Equality. Slogan: Choose co-operative, choose equality

2014: Co-operative enterprises achieve sustainable development for all

2013: Co-operative enterprise remains strong in time of crisis

2012: Co-operative enterprises build a better world

2011: Youth, the future of cooperative enterprise

2010: Co-operative Enterprise empowers women

2009: Driving Recovery through Co-operative Enterprise

2008: Confronting Climate Change through Co-operative Enterprise

2007: Co-operative Values and Principles for Corporate Social responsibility

2006: Peace-building through Co-operatives

2005: Microfinance is OUR business! Cooperating out of poverty

2004: Co-operatives for Fair Globalisation: Creating Opportunities for All

2003: Co-operatives Make Development Happen!: The contribution of co-operatives to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals

2002: Society and Co-operatives: Concern for Community

2001: The Co-operative Advantage in the Third Millennium

2000: Co-operatives and Employment Promotion

1999: Public Policy and Co-operative Legislation

1998: Cooperatives and the Globalization of the Economy

1997: The Co-operative Contribution to World Food Security

1996: Co-operative Enterprise: Empowerment for People-centred Sustainable Development

1995: The ICA Centennial and the Next 100 Years of International Co-operation

Actions and Programs

The day is observed by different organizations co-operatives around the world by various programs and activities. Each year the celebrations are based on a theme selected for the particular year.


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