United Nations Proclaims 2025 as the International Year of Cooperatives

It is official, the United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2025 as the International Year of Cooperatives. This announcement follows the first successful observation in 2012 and recognises the essential role cooperatives play in promoting sustainable development globally.

Cooperatives, known for their unique ability to balance economic success with social and environmental responsibility, are seen as key players in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN’s resolution encourages member states to foster a supportive legal and policy environment for cooperatives, emphasising their importance in various sectors, including agriculture, finance, and retail.

The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) has warmly welcomed this initiative. ICA President Ariel Guarco highlighted the alignment of this proclamation with the organization’s ongoing efforts towards sustainable development. The announcement is expected to boost global awareness of the value of cooperatives in creating equitable and resilient economies, especially in the face of global challenges like climate change and economic inequality.

The resolution also calls for the annual observance of the International Day of Cooperatives, aiming to increase public awareness and stakeholder engagement. By focusing on cooperatives, the UN aims to showcase the model’s effectiveness in providing sustainable, community-focused solutions.

As the world gears up for this momentous year, Cooperatives Europe joins the international community in celebrating this significant recognition and looks forward to contributing to the activities and discussions that will shape a more sustainable and cooperative future.

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