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Launch of United Nations International Year of Cooperatives


The official launch ceremony of the 2025 United Nations International Year of Cooperatives will be held on 26 November during the ICA Global Conference in New Delhi, India. It will build on the successes achieved since the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives and on the reality that the cooperative movement is one of the few viable global social mechanisms for building a more inclusive and sustainable economy that works for all.

On 19 June of 2024, the United Nations General Assembly officially proclaimed 2025 as the International Year of Cooperatives. This global initiative  highlights the critical role that cooperatives play in sustainable development, poverty eradication, and inclusive economic growth. Member states and cooperatives are encouraged to establish national committees to coordinate and promote activities throughout the year. The initiative calls for voluntary contributions to fund related activities, aiming to raise awareness and enhance the impact of cooperatives worldwide.



The International Year of Cooperatives brings forward the theme “Cooperative Build a Better World”. This theme highlights the pivotal role of cooperatives in achieving the SDGs and offers the opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution of cooperatives. It encourages states to review their legislation and policy to provide an environment that supports cooperative growth.

The launch will take place in the presence of representatives from the highest offices at the United Nations, allied agencies and selected member states. It follows a roundtable discussion on the strategy for the 2025 International Year of Cooperatives held among ICA members that are apex federations and representatives of governments. There will also be a fundraising event after the launch.

This agenda is a plan of action for people, the planet and prosperity. It seeks to strengthen universal peace and promote freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. For more information on each of these points see the SDG 2030 Agenda.



UN Resolution calling for 2025 IYC.


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