This year’s International Day of Cooperatives theme is “Cooperatives for Climate Action”


The theme of this year’s International Day of Cooperatives is “Cooperatives for Climate Action.” The global cooperative community is invited to continue pushing for actions that will address climate change. This critical situation is putting lives and livelihoods at risk, disrupting vital ecosystems for people and the planet.

“Our common home is in danger. There are methods of production and consumption that are constantly attacking the environment. We don‚Äôt have much time to reverse this situation. We must act now, with our values and principles, to demonstrate on a global scale that it is possible to develop an economy with social inclusion and protection of natural resources,‚ÄĚ said Ariel Guarco, president of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA).

“We must act now, with our values and principles, to demonstrate on a global scale that it is possible to develop an economy [that] … protects natural resources.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Ariel Guarco

On July 4, 2020, join the global cooperative community as it raises awareness of the importance of addressing climate change. Co-ops worldwide can take this opportunity to show leadership and share their cooperative values in combating this global issue. A Cooperators’ Communications Guide will soon be available to help cooperatives use this day to illustrate the importance of taking action to reverse climate change.

Together with DotCoop, ICA is launching the 2020 International Cooperative Day interactive map to illustrate how cooperatives worldwide are taking action to battle climate change, and celebrating their successes. Get more information here on how to participate. Last year, ICA registered more than 130 events in around 40 countries worldwide. We also encourage you to promote #CoopsDay and #Coops4ClimateAction widely on all your social media channels.

Why “Cooperatives for Climate Change”?

The theme for this year’s International Cooperatives Day was chosen to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #13 on Climate Action. This event will focus on the contribution of cooperatives to combating climate change, one of the most critical challenges facing our planet during the 21st century. Climate change severely impacts people‚Äôs livelihoods around the world, especially the most disadvantaged groups such as small-scale farmers, women, youth, indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, who have to cope with extreme natural disasters and degradation of natural resources.

The cooperative movement can use this important opportunity to take a stand as a global actor of change and collaborate with its partners within the international community. This collective effort can significantly impact the climate agenda and achieve a fair, green and just transition for all communities, leaving no one behind.

About the International Day of Cooperatives

The United Nations International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July. The aim of this celebration is to increase awareness on cooperatives, highlight the complementary goals and objectives of the United Nations and the international cooperative movement, underscore the contributions of the movement to the resolution of the major problems addressed by the United Nations, and strengthen and extend partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other actors.

In 1992, following a concerted lobbying effort by the cooperative members of the ICA and Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC) members, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the first Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of the establishment of the Alliance, by resolution 47/90 of 16 December 1992.

Since 1995, the ICA and the United Nations have been setting the theme for the celebration of the International Day through COPAC, a multi-stakeholder partnership of global public and private institutions, the ICA being a founding member, that champions and supports people-centred and self-sustaining cooperative enterprises as leaders in sustainable development.

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