United Nations Resolutions Adopted by the General Assembly - 33rd session

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                         Appendix 1

United Nations Resolutions Adopted by the General Assembly

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                         Thirty-third session

33/47.    National Experience in Promoting the Co-operative
          Movement

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The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolutions 2459 (XXIII) of 20 December 1968,
3273 (XXIX) of 10 December 1974 and 31/37 of 30 November 1976,
and Economic and Social Council resolution 1668 (LII) of 1
June 1972,

Bearing in mind that the establishing and growth of co-
operatives is one of the important instruments for the full
economic, social and cultural development of all members of
society,

Recognizing the necessity of training and educational
programmes at various levels for the growth, diversification
and professionalization of the management of co-operatives,

1.   Take note of the report of the Secretary General on
     national experience in promoting the co-operative
     movement;*

2.   Reiterates the necessity of an international exchange of
     experience as a contribution to the growth and
     diversification of the co-operative movement;

3.   Stresses the role of co-operatives in the development of
     weaker sections of the community and in over-all social
     and economic advancement, particularly in developing
     countries;

4.   Recognizes that co-operatives are an important means of
     increasing employment opportunities for women and
     integrating them, as active members of society, into the
     development process;

5.   Stresses also the important social role of co-operatives
     in involving people at the grassroots level in the
     planning and decision-making which affect their daily
     lives;

6.   Invites Member states, relevant specialized agencies ant
     other United Nations organs to pay special attention to
     the training and education aspects of the co-operative
     movement at the local, national and international levels;

7.   Also invites Member states, relevant specialized agencies
     and other United Nations organs to submit follow-up
     reports on their experience in promoting the co-operative
     movement, referring especially to the participation of
     women in the co-operative movement and to the role of co-
     operatives in achieving over-all social and economic
     development;

8.   invites those Member states which have not already done
     so to submit reports on national experience in promoting
     the co-operative movement;

9.   Requests the Secretary General to submit to the General
     Assembly at its thirty-sixth session, through the
     Economic and Social Council, a follow-up report on
     national experience in promoting the co-operative
     movement, referring especially to the participation of
     women in the co-operative movement and to the role of co-
     operatives in achieving the over-all social and economic
     development, based on data already available and on
     additional contributions from Member States and relevant
     specialized agencies;

10.  Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its
     thirty-sixth session, the item entitled `National
     Experience in Achieving far-reaching Social and Economic
     Changes for the purpose of Social Progress' and to
     consider under this item the follow-up report of the
     Secretary General on national experience in promoting the
     co-operative movement.

84th Plenary meeting, 14 December, 1978

*    E/1978/15 and Corr.2.


                         Thirty-sixth session
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36/18.    National experience in promoting the co-operative
          movement.


The General Assembly,

Recalling its resolution 33/47 of 14 December 1978 on national
experience in promoting the co-operative movement and other
relevant resolutions referred to in that resolution,

Desiring to promote the implementation of the International
Development strategy for the third United Nations Development
Decade,*

Reaffirming that co-operatives play an important role in the
socio-economic development of developing countries,

Convinced that the exchange among countries of national
experience relating to the co-operative movement plays an
essential role in strengthening the co-operatives for the
benefit of their members and in overcoming difficulties in the
development of various co-operatives,

1.   Takes note of the report of the Secretary General on
     national experience in promoting the co-operative
     movement;**

2.   Invites the regional commissions and specialized agencies
     concerned to make further efforts with a view to
     promoting the co-operative movement as an effective
     instrument for the improvement of the well-being of the
     population;

3.   Requests the Secretary General to prepare, in
     consultation with Member States and relevant
     organizations of the United Nations system, a
     comprehensive report on national experience in promoting
     the co-operative movement, paying special attention,
     inter-alia, to the following aspects:

     a)   Role of co-operatives in over-all social and
          economic development, particularly in rural areas;

     b)   Participation of peasants, including landless
          peasants, as well as of women and youth in co-
          operatives;

     c)   Ability of co-operatives to increase the material
          welfare of their members;

     d)   Inter-relationship between agrarian reform and
          agricultural co-operatives;

     e)   Difficulties faced by countries in the establishment
          and development of co-operatives and their
          experience in overcoming them;

4.   Further requests the Secretary General to submit,through
     the commission for Social Development and the Economic
     and Social Council, the above mentioned report to the
     General Assembly at its thirty-eight session for
     discussion under the item entitled `National experience
     in achieving far-reaching social and economic changes for
     the purpose of social progress'.

49th Plenary meeting, 9th November, 1981

*    General Assembly resolution 35/36.
**   A/36/115.