Credit unions celebrate International Year of Cooperatives
From the Illinois Credit Union League
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC). The designation serves to highlight the contribution cooperatives have had in reducing poverty, creating jobs and promoting social integration. The theme for the International Year of Cooperatives 2012 is “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World.”
To help commemorate IYC, Senate Resolution 87, which designates 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, was unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate on July 21, 2011. The bi-partisan resolution was introduced by Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and 29 additional co-sponsors.
The resolution recognizes the vital role cooperatives play in the economic and social well-being of the United States; urges the establishment of a National Committee for the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives to be comprised of representatives from federal agencies, all cooperative sectors and key stakeholders; and encourages highlighting the positive impact of cooperatives and developing new programs for domestic and international cooperative development.
The International Year of Cooperatives officially begins Oct. 30, 2011, and runs through November 2012.
Furthermore, October 2011 is Co-op Month. In addition to International Credit Union Day Oct. 20, 2011, other cooperatives will be celebrated throughout the month of October with Co-op Month in the United States, and Co-op Week in Canada, Oct. 16-22.
From the Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2011, issue
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