Is held every year in October, often highlighted by special events and projects. For more information on the Cooperative Month.
Official website on the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC). Here you will find information on events planned throughout the year, as well as suggestions on how to get involved and participate.
International years are declared by the United Nations to draw attention to and encourage action on major issues. The International Year of Cooperatives is intended to raise public awareness of the invaluable contributions of cooperative enterprises to poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration. The Year will also highlight the strengths of the cooperative business model as an alternative means of doing business and furthering socioeconomic development.
The United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 64/136 proclaiming the year 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC). The United States is joining countries around the world to celebrate the benefits cooperatives deliver to the communities which they serve.