The ICA lwill aunch the International Year of Co-operatives at the ICA’s General Assembly and related meetings to be held in Cancun, Mexico 14-18 November 2011.
Preceding this, the United Nations will launch IYC 2012 in New York at UN Headquarters on 31 October 2011.
Since the United Nations declared that 2012 will be the International Year of Co-operatives, our global movement has a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to move the co-operative movement forward in Australia and and all parts of the globe.
We need to increase the knowledge and visibility of the size and sustainability of the co-operative model of business, and of its reach into every community across Australia – its history, its current presence and future potential.
We need to demonstrate that the values and principles that have inspired co-operatives for nearly 200 years are as relevant today.