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International Day of Cooperatives 2011

17th UN International Day of Cooperatives, 2 July 2011

"Youth, the future of cooperative enterprise"
"Les jeunes, l'avenir de l'entreprise coopérative"
"La juventud, el futuro de la empresa cooperativa"

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This year's theme highlights how the cooperative model of enterprise can successfully empower youth. It links to the celebration of the United Nations International Year of Youth, which encourages dialogue and understanding across generations and promotes the ideals of peace, respect for human rights and freedoms, and solidarity .
The International Day of Cooperatives addresses the need for all cooperative stakeholders to promote the participation of young people in the cooperative movement. Too often young people are not aware of the cooperative model of enterprise - they do not learn about cooperatives in school as cooperatives often do not figure in school curricula. Young people also may not do not realize that the products and services that they use are provided by cooperatives.

Yet, cooperatives provide young people opportunities that address their practical and strategic needs.
  • They offer them a model of enterprise to to create their own businesses.
  • They offer the opportunities to be employed with enterprises that address young people's concerns for more democratic, responsible and ethical business operations.
Cooperatives provide opportunities to young people to gain professional employment experience, to further their education and provide capacity building, encourage participation in decision-making in cooperatives or form their own co-operatives.
 logo de la journée internationale des coopératives 2011 - français
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logo del dia internacional 2011 en  espanol
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