A/RES/47/90: Coops in Light of New Economic/Social Trends

                                       A/RES/47/90
                                       89th plenary meeting
                                       16 December 1992

 The role of cooperatives in the light of new economic and social trends

     The General Assembly,

     Recalling its resolution 44/58 of 8 December 1989, in particular
paragraph 4 thereof, and taking note of Economic and Social Council
resolution 1992/25 of 30 July 1992,

     Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General on the status and role
of cooperatives in the light of new economic and social trends,

     Recognizing the importance of the policy-oriented research being
undertaken by the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs
of the Secretariat concerning the relevance of cooperatives to the
achievement of the social policy objectives set forth in the Guiding
Principles for Developmental Social Welfare Policies and Programmes in the
Near Future, in the execution of which it acts as a focal point within the
United Nations system,

     Bearing in mind that 1995 will mark the centenary of the
establishment of the International Cooperative Alliance,

     Taking note with satisfaction of the important recommendations
contained in the report of the Secretary-General directed towards ensuring
the best possible means of dealing with the issue of cooperatives in the
light of their broad significance in contributing to the solution of major
economic and social problems,

     Welcoming the recommendation contained in paragraph 4 (a) of the
report of the Secretary-General, and bearing in mind the substantial
support shown by Governments and by the international cooperative movement
for the idea of observing an international day of cooperatives,

     Expressing its appreciation to government agencies, national
organizations representing cooperatives, the specialized agencies and
other organizations, especially the Committee for the Promotion and
Advancement of Cooperatives, for their valuable contribution,

     1.  Takes note with appreciation of the report of the
Secretary-General on the status and role of cooperatives in the light of
new economic and social trends; 

     2.  Proclaims the first Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day
of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of the establishment of the
International Cooperative Alliance, and decides to consider the
possibility of observing an international day of cooperatives in future
years; 

     3.  Encourages Governments to consider fully the potential of
cooperatives for contributing to the solution of economic, social and
environmental problems in formulating national development strategies; 

     4.  Encourages the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian
Affairs of the Secretariat to redouble its efforts of support and
coordination in order to achieve the social policy objectives set forth in
the Guiding Principles for Developmental Social Welfare Policies and
Programmes in the Near Future; 

     5.  Invites government agencies, national organizations representing
cooperatives, the specialized agencies and other organizations, especially
the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives, to
maintain and increase their programmes of support to the international
cooperative movement, within existing resources; 

     6.  Also invites, as the Economic and Social Council already did in
its resolution 1668 (LII) of 1 June 1972, the specialized agencies that
have a substantial interest in cooperatives, especially the United Nations
Industrial Development Organization, and other organizations, particularly
the World Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, as
well as other relevant international organizations of cooperatives that
are not yet members of the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of
Cooperatives, to become members at an early date in order to ensure its
effectiveness by their contribution of appropriate resources; 

     7.  Requests the Secretary-General, within existing resources, to
maintain and increase the support provided by the United Nations to the
programmes and objectives of the international cooperative movement, and
to submit a report to the General Assembly at its forty-ninth session on
the status and role of cooperatives in the light of new economic and
social trends, indicating in his report the progress made towards that
goal.