“Cooperative enterprises build a better world” is the official slogan of the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives – a United Nations declaration and global campaign to educate the public about the benefits of cooperatives. The International Year of Cooperatives presents a unique opportunity to build awareness of cooperatives in all fields of enterprise.
Credit union representatives attended the launch of the International Year of Cooperatives, which took place on October 31, 2011 at the United Nations. The event, which had more than 150 CEO’s and Presidents of some of the world’s largest cooperative in attendance presented ways to create the conditions that will ignite the growth of cooperative enterprises throughout the decade. The International Year designation provides an opportunity for cooperatives globally to come together to raise awareness of their way of doing business. Learn more about the International Year of the Cooperative at www.2012.coop. Learn more about the impact of Cooperatives around the world. Visit International Cooperative Alliance at www.ica.coop.
New York Cooperative Event:
More than 125 representatives from cooperatives across New York City gathered at the Ford Foundation on November 1, 2011 for the launch of New York: Building a Cooperative City, a year-long campaign that seeks to bring the various cooperative sectors in New York City together to learn, collaborate and promote the cooperative model. The initial host committee for the campaign was convened by the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (Federation), and the launch followed by one day the proclamation by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon of 2012 being the International Year of Cooperatives.
Participants heard from many speakers including, CUNA President/ CEO Bill Cheney, Cliff Rosenthal the President of the Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, and Charles Gould Director-General of the International Cooperative Alliance, who described the goals of the International Year of Cooperatives.