Why have an IYC?

International years are declared by the United Nations to draw attention to and encourage action on major issues. The International Year of Co-operatives is intended to raise public awareness of the invaluable contributions of co-operative enterprises to poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration. The Year will also highlight the strengths of the co-operative business model as an alternative means of doing business and furthering socio-economic development.

The UN’s goals for the IYC are to:

  • Increase public awareness about co-operatives and their contributions to socio-economic development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
  • Promote the formation and growth of co-operatives.
  • Encourage governments to establish policies, laws and regulations conducive to the formation, growth and stability of co-operatives.


To support these goals, the ICA has an online presentation that gives a quick overview of the co-operative movement and the IYC. It’s available in English, French and Spanish.


16 Dec 2018

Dear cooperative friends,

We've come to the end…

04 Dec 2018

"One billion people across the world are part of our…

21 Dec 2018

2018 has been a year of many cooperative celebrations…