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NCB Celebrates the International Year of the Cooperative

NCB Celebrates the International Year of the Cooperative

IYC thumb“Cooperative enterprises build a better world” is the official slogan of the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives – a United Nations declaration and global campaign to educate the public about the benefits of cooperatives.  The International Year of Cooperatives presents a unique opportunity to build awareness of cooperatives in all fields of enterprise.

NCB attended the launch of the International Year of Cooperatives, which took place on October 31, 2011 at the United Nations.  The event, which had more than 150 CEO’s and Presidents of some of the world’s largest cooperative in attendance presented ways to create the conditions that will ignite the growth of cooperative enterprises throughout the decade.  The International Year designation provides an opportunity for cooperatives globally to come together to raise awareness of their way of doing business.   Learn more about the International Year of the Cooperative at www.2012.coop. Learn more about the impact of Cooperatives around the world.  Visit International Cooperative Alliance at www.ica.coop.   

New York Cooperative Event:  

More than 125 representatives from cooperatives across New York City gathered at the Ford Foundation on November 1, 2011 for the launch of New York: Building a Cooperative City, a year-long campaign that seeks to bring the various cooperative sectors in New York City together to learn, collaborate and promote the cooperative model. The initial host committee for the campaign was convened by the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions (Federation), and the launch followed by one day the proclamation by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon of 2012 being the International Year of Cooperatives. 

Participants heard from many speakers including, CUNA President/ CEO Bill Cheney, Cliff Rosenthal the President of the Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, and Charles Gould Director-General of the International Cooperative Alliance, who described the goals of the International Year of Cooperatives.   

Participants also heard from New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a strong supporter of cooperatives across New York.  Quinn spoke to the group and presented a proclamation declaring Tuesday November 1st as Cooperative Day in the 5 Boroughs. The proclamation was co-signed by 20 council members, demonstrating the broad and deep support cooperatives enjoy across New York. 

The event also featured cooperative speaker panels including worker-owned cooperatives, food co-ops, housing cooperatives and credit unions.   

Cooperatives Speakers: From Left to Right:
Food Cooperative:  Joe Holtz, General Manager, Park Slope Food Co-op
Worker Cooperative: Teresa Perez, Si Se Peude! and Vanessa Bransburg, Center for Family Life
Credit Union:  Linda Levy, CEO, Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union
Housing Cooperative:  Andrew Reicher, Executive Director, UHAB

One of the main goals of the New York campaign is to raise awareness of the role co-ops play in people’s lives. “Many people actually do not fully realize that they are members and owners of their cooperatives,” Rosenthal said. 

The launch of New York: Building a Cooperative City was supported by the Council of New York Housing Cooperatives and the National Cooperative Bank.