A/RES/49/155: Coops in Light of New Economic/Social Trends

UNITED NATIONS
General Assembly

Distr.
GENERAL

A/RES/49/155
7 February 1995

Forty-ninth session
Agenda item 95


               RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

                  [on the report of the Third Committee (A/49/605)]


            49/155.  The role of cooperatives in the light of
                     new economic and social trends

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 47/90 of 16 December 1992, in
particular paragraph 2 thereof, in which it proclaimed the first
Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day of Cooperatives,

      Welcoming the report of the Secretary-General on the status
and role of cooperatives in the light of new economic and social
trends, A/49/213. especially the important recommendations
contained in section II of the report aimed at ensuring the best
possible means of dealing with the issue of cooperatives, taking
into account their broad significance in contributing to the
solution of major economic and social problems,

      Recognizing that cooperatives in their various forms are
becoming an indispensable factor in the economic and social
development of all countries, promoting the fullest possible
participation in the development process of all population
groups, including women, youth, disabled persons and the elderly,

      Recognizing also the important contribution and potential
of all forms of cooperatives to the preparations for and
follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development and the
Fourth World Conference on Women:  Action for Equality,
Development and Peace, to be held in 1995 and the United Nations
Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) to be held in 1996,

      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.   Invites Governments, relevant international
organizations, specialized agencies and national and
international cooperative organizations to observe annually the
International Day of Cooperatives on the first Saturday of July
starting from 1995, as proclaimed by the General Assembly in its
resolution 47/90;

      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.   Also encourages Governments to consider reviewing legal and
administrative constraints on the activities of cooperatives with a
view to eliminating those constraints that are not applied to other
businesses and enterprises;

      5.   Invites government agencies, in collaboration with
cooperatives and other relevant organizations, to develop
programmes aimed at improving statistics on the contribution of
cooperatives to national economies and facilitating dissemination
of information on cooperatives;

      6.   Invites the World Summit for Social Development, the
Fourth World Conference on Women:  Action for Equality,
Development and Peace and the United Nations Conference on Human
Settlements (Habitat II), in formulating respective strategies
and actions, to give due consideration to the role and
contribution of cooperatives;

      7.   Requests the Secretary-General, within existing
resources, to continue to provide support to the programmes and
objectives of the international cooperative movement and to
submit to the General Assembly at its fifty-first session a
report on the implementation of the present resolution.

94th plenary meeting
23 December 1994