International Day of Co-operatives to highlight movement’s role in sustainable development

The International Co-operative Alliance says this year’s event, on 1 July, will focus on work to accelerate progress on the SDGs

This year’s International Day of Cooperatives will highlight the role the movement can play in speeding progress on sustainable development.

Celebrated annually on the first Saturday in July, the day brings co-ops around the world together to showcase the movement’s work. The theme for this year’s day – 1 July – has been announced as Cooperatives: partners for accelerated sustainable development.

The decision comes at a crucial time for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “At the mid-point of the 2030 Agenda, efforts need to be deepened,” said International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) president Ariel Guarco, “and this can only be done with more co-operation.

“Enterprises, which are responsible for organising the production and distribution of goods and services, must focus on people and the planet. Co-operatives have a model for doing this, and have been demonstrating it for almost 200 years.”

The day has been celebrated by ICA since 1923 and by the UN since 1995. This year’s event will mark the 29th International Day of Cooperatives recognised by the United Nations and the 101st International Cooperative Day.

The theme was chosen by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (Copac), which is made up of the ICA, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Trade Center (ITC).

The ICA is encouraging co-ops to use the day’s theme to promote the co-operative business model and has released a range of tools for co-ops to use, including a logo, key messages and other digital resources available at