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International Co-operative Day 2013
The International Co-operative Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday of July.
International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) - 91st ICA International Co-operative Day - 19th UN International Day of Co-operatives and that Tanzania celebrates the day 12th. This year The International Day of Cooperatives will be celebrated on 6th, which will be the first Saturday of July 2013.
"Cooperative enterprise remains strong in time of crisis".
The aim of the day is to increase awareness of co-operatives and promote the movement's successes and ideals of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace.
ICA first celebrated the International Day in 1923, Tanzania, under TFC started celebrating the day in 2001. The International Day is now run in partnership with the UN and the UN asks all member governments to participate in the celebrations each year.
The International Day has a different theme each year. Themes in recent years have included 'Co-operative enterprises build a better world' in 2012, ‘Youth, the future of co-operative enterprise’ in 2011 and ‘Co-operative enterprise empowers women’ in 2010. Co-operatives around the world celebrate the Day in many different ways, seeking to gain media coverage and public awareness at a local and national level.
UN International Day of Co-operatives, 6 July 2013 "Cooperative enterprise remains strong in times of crisis" -.
This year's theme links to the global economic crisis and how many co-operatives are resilient to the effects of the crisis compared to shareholder businesses.