On 2 July, co-operatives from across the world will be celebrating the International Day of Co-operatives. This year the day will seek to showcase the contribution of co-operatives to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The theme – “Cooperatives: The power to act for a sustainable future”, fits into the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted in September 2015.

The 2016 theme also aligns with the slogan for the International Summit of Cooperatives – ‘Co-operatives: The power to act’, which will be held in Quebec on 11-13 October 2016.

Co-operatives can celebrate the IDC by educating their members about the Sustainable Development Goals and how the sector can achieve them. They can also set ambitious internal targets to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, and share their progress with the world. Hosting events celebrating the day and meeting with local and national government officials are other ways of highlighting the day.

More information about activities planned for the IDC will be available soon.