2020 International Day of Cooperatives

This year, the theme of the International Day of Cooperatives 2020 is COOPERATIVES FOR CLIMATE ACTION. We are inviting the global cooperative community 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.

On 4 July 2020, join us as we raise awareness on the importance of addressing climate change. No country is immune from it, greenhouse gas emissions are more than 50 percent higher than it was in 1990, and global warming is causing long-lasting changes to our climate system which threatens irreversible consequences if we do not act.

The 2020 International Cooperatives Day theme was chosen to support 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 severe challenges facing our planet during the 21st century. Climate change severely impacts people’s 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.

Please read our official announcement here.

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2020 Interactive Map: A Journey to Action

This year we are developing an interactive map that will demonstrate the cooperative movement’s journey to battle climate change. Working together once again with DotCoop, we hope to have a true representation of worldwide cooperative contribution to combating climate change, and in turn helping reduce the impact it has had on people’s livelihoods around the world. For cooperatives who wish to participate and also take action, this map can also serve as an inspirational starting point toward improving our environment and reduce the effects of global warming.

To do that, we need your help. Tell us what you have done to take action against climate change, what you are currently involved in, or what you would like to do. Did your cooperative launch a recent campaign to plant trees in your community? How about developing a community solar project? Did you help a community school create a recycling project?

Don’t forget to also include any events that are happening in the virtual digital space like fundraisers, talks, and awareness events. Let us know. We would love to include them all in this year’s 2020 Interactive Map.

To be included this year, please send an email to tom@identity.coop and provide the following information:

  • Name of your organisation and the complete address (so we can accurately place it on the map!)
  • A description any initiatives or events you’re organising or participating in to battle climate change (maximum 800 words).
  • Pictures if you have them!
  • Social media links and website URLs so people can get more information.
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2020 Cooperatives Communications Guide 

To help cooperatives worldwide take this opportunity to show leadership in taking action to battle climate change and share their cooperative values in combating this global issue, Cooperative’s Communications Guide will soon be available in English, Spanish and French. Meanwhile, we encourage you to promote #CoopsDay and #Coops4ClimateAction widely on all your social media channels. To download the official logo in all languages, go here

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    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.