INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COOPERATIVES: JULY 4, 2015

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COOPERATIVES

The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Cooperatives is observed on the first Saturday of July each year. Some of the day’s goals are to increase awareness on cooperatives, as well as strengthen and extend partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other supporting organizations including governments.

International day of Cooperatives
International Day of Cooperatives remembers what cooperatives do to improve the world’s economic and social development.
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What do people do?

Cooperatives around the world celebrate the International Day of Cooperatives in many ways. Activities include: messages from the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the UN translated into local languages for worldwide distribution; news articles and radio programs publicizing the awareness of the day; fairs, exhibits, contests and campaigns focused on the topics related to the day; meetings with government officials, UN agencies and other partner organizations; economic, environmental, social and health challenges (such as tree planting); and sponsored cultural events such as theatres and concerts.

Public life

The UN’s International Day of Cooperatives is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

Cooperatives are important in the world’s economic and social development. Based as on the principle of cooperation, cooperatives help create new ethics and values in business and economics. In 1895 ICA was formed and since 1927 it observes the first Saturday of July as International Cooperative Day. In 1994 the United Nations recognized and reaffirmed that cooperatives were vital in the world’s economic, social and cultural development. However two years earlier – on December 16, 1992 – the UN General Assembly proclaimed the first Saturday of July 1995 as the International Day of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of ICA’s establishment.

Symbols

The United Nations’ logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches symbolize peace and the world map represents all the people of the world. It has been featured in colors such as white against a blue background or blue against a white background.

Promotional material used to publicize the day included images featuring an array of colors similar to those of a rainbow. These colors are linked with those that are used by ICA, which, together with the UN and other organizations, plays a big role in promoting and coordinating events for the day.

Theme for 2015: Choose co-operative, choose equality

International Day of Cooperatives Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Sat Jul 1 1995 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 6 1996 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 5 1997 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 4 1998 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 3 1999 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 1 2000 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 7 2001 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 6 2002 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 5 2003 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 3 2004 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 2 2005 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 1 2006 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 7 2007 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 5 2008 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 4 2009 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 3 2010 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 2 2011 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 7 2012 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 6 2013 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 5 2014 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 4 2015 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 2 2016 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 1 2017 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 7 2018 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 6 2019 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance
Sat Jul 4 2020 International Day of Cooperatives United Nations observance

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