People from around the world can now issue their support to the statement using a survey created by the UN. Young people can become a signatory, whereas people of all ages can agree to promote and support co-ops’ work with young people.
The statement will go on to be used to inform policy dialogue and help create the UN International Action Plan on Co-operative Development beyond 2012.
Created by Youth from across the world, the future of the statement can also be discussed on a Facebook forum, which is open to all.
The Cooperative Youth Statement recognises the work co-ops can do to help alleviate young unemployment and give young people the experience and skills they need to find work.
It hopes to encourage governments, policy makers and educational organisations to help to spread the co-op message and use “youth specific language” when creating the International Action Plan for Cooperatives.
The statement was presented on November 20 at the official closing ceremony of the IYC at the UN headquarters in New York.