Message of the United Nations Secretary-General

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                        UNITED NATIONS

                Press Release   Secretary-General
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Department of Public Information, News Coverage Service, New York

                                                SG/SM/5670
                                                27 June 1995

               SECRETARY-GENERAL'S MESSAGE FOR 
             INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COOPERATIVES


The following is the text of Secretary-General Boutros
Boutros-Ghali's message on the occasion of the International Day
of Cooperatives, 1 July:


     In this, the Fiftieth Year of the United Nations, we note
with satisfaction that one of the closest and oldest of our
collaborators, the International Co-operative Alliance, is
celebrating its Centennial.  Recognising that cooperatives in
their various forms are becoming an indispensable factor in the
economic and social development of all countries, the United
Nations General Assembly has proclaimed the first Saturday of
July, starting from this year, as International Cooperative Day.

     As we move into a new century and a new millennium, the
partnership between the United Nations and the ICA becomes
increasingly important.  As I reported to the General Assembly
last year, cooperative enterprises provide the organizational
means whereby a significant proportion of humanity is able to
take into its own hands the tasks of creating productive
employment, overcoming poverty and achieving social integration.
They constitute a model for a people-centred and sustainable form
of societal organization, based on equity, justice and
solidarity.  And they involve in the development process all
sections of society including women and youth, the elderly and
the handicapped.

     By so effectively looking after your own interests and
resolving your own problems through energetic and creative self-
help you help make our societies a better place for present and
future generations.

     I am confident that our collaboration will grow stronger in
all the many areas of our common concern. It is a pleasure to
wish each of the 750 million women and men who are members of the
International Co-operative Alliance every success in your
cooperative endeavour.

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