On Oct. 31, 2011, the United Nations will launch the International Year of Cooperatives! Leaders of cooperatives from around the world will come together to witness this momentous occasion.
The UN launch program seeks to highlight cooperative enterprise as values-based, member-owned, successful and sustainable, by showing the ways in which cooperatives promote higher standards of living, full employment and conditions of economic and social progress. The program will highlight the unique aspects of cooperatives and their impact in the market. It will identify the role that cooperatives can play in bringing greater security to global social and economic systems.
A press conference at 11 a.m. will announce the launch of the International Year of Cooperatives to media and the public. In the afternoon, starting at 3 p.m., the UN will hold its official launch ceremony. This ceremony will include remarks from UN President of the General Assembly H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and International Co-operative Alliance President Dame Pauline Green. In her address, she will emphasize the important role that cooperatives play in global sustainable development and financial stability.
You can watch both events online at the United Nations Webcast.