Co-operative Day Message 1993

    This document has been made available in electronic format
         by the International Co-operative Alliance ICA 
                         December, 1997

               71st International Co-operative Day
                    Saturday, July 3, 1993

        Message from the International Co-operative Alliance
          Help Spread the Co-operative Message through
     the United Nations' International Day of Co-operatives

The political, economic and social changes which are rocking
the world have far reaching consequences - consequences which
have become increasingly dramatic in the new era of economic
and political liberalisation.

These changes have also had an effect on the co-operative
movement and, as a membership organisation, the International
Co-operative Alliance is inevitably affected by developments
in its diverse membership around the world.

The ICA has reacted to the challenge that these worldwide
changes present by adopting a new structure and by analysing
and restating its value system. It is now poised to enter its
Second Century of Existence and carries a message of hope that
co-operatives can help to resolve the present crises which are
afflicting our planet.

The 1992 report of the UN Secretary General, Boutros Boutros-
Ghali, to the United Nations General Assembly on the Role of
Co-operatives in the light of new Economic and Social Trends,
argued forcefully for giving greater prominence to co-
operatives as a means of contributing to economic
restructuring and social progress.

As a result of the report, the United Nations General Assembly
passed a resolution to maintain and increase its support to
the programmes and objectives of the international co-
operative movement, and proclaimed a United Nations
International Day of Co-operatives to take place in 1995 to
coincide with the ICA's centenary and with the co-operative
movement's own International Co-operative Day.

The ICA will focus the greater part of its energy on its first
priority - providing services to its members. However, there
is a need for the whole movement to combine its efforts to
make the co-operative message better known to the general

The International Co-operative Alliance believes that, if the
UN Declaration to celebrate a UN International Day of Co-
operatives in 1995 were extended so that each year, there
would be a UN Day of Co-operatives coinciding with the ICA's
International Co-operative Day, this would enhance public
awareness of the way in which co-operatives can improve the
quality of life for people in all societies.

The ICA, therefore, calls on its more than 200 member
organisations and over 700,000,000 individual co-operators
worldwide to lobby their governments and to campaign for a
permanent United Nations International Day of Co-operatives
which will proudly spread the co-operative message, and to
explain the co-operative principles and values, so that the
general public has a clearer picture of what makes a co-
operative work for the benefit of the whole community.