Co-operative Day Message 1980

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                         December 1997


               58th International Co-operative Day
                    Saturday, 5th July, 1980

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        Message from the International Co-operative Alliance
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Dear Co-operators,

On the occasion of this 58th International Co-operative Day,
especially in a year of heightened political and economic
tensions in many parts of the world, I would like to ask you
to use the moral force represented by our 350 million members
throughout the world to further our Co-operative work for
peace, and to remember that our Co-operative Principles are
not just a way to solve credit and marketing problems - they
are also a way of life in which peace is the basic requirement
for the economic and social development of mankind and the
fundamental condition for co-operative progress.

1980 is a particularly important year for the World Co-
operative Movement, as our 27th Congress will be held in
Moscow in October. Our Report to that Congress on the Co-
operative Development Decade shows that there is increasing
need for an even wider application of Co-operative Principles
with their emphasis on service to all mankind through the
development of a more equitable social and economic order, at
a time when our world has more explosive power than food and
invests 2,500 times more in the machinery of war than in the
machinery of peace.

The 27th Congress will crystallise our thinking on `Co-
operatives in the Year 2000' with the aim of stimulating Co-
operatives to become and remain efficient economic
organisations while fulfilling their role as a social force.
This is the task to which your delegates are summoned.

I thank you for your support and look forward to meeting your
representatives in Moscow where, drawing inspiration from the
achievements of more than a century, co-operators can look
forward with confidence to the Year 2000 and an era of further
pioneering for a world without boundaries, for the advancement
of the ordinary people everywhere through the teaching and
practice of self-help.

I wish your International Co-operative Day celebrations every
success.

Yours sincerely,
S.K. Saxena
Director

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               Message from the President of ICA
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"....But I believe that our Alliance owes its stability...to
the efforts we have all made to understand each other; by
accepting the right of each one of us to be different; by
taking pride in the fact that people of different
nationalities, living in different countries, each with their
own traditions, standards of living and ways of life, have
been able to....build together, because they had a common
belief in the co in the co-operative virtues...that sacrifice
neither freedom nor social justice to economic progress. A
common belief and a common spirit...which we hope will
permeate the world of tomorrow..."
(Roger Kerinec, President, ICA)