Today co-operators world-wide celebrate the United Nations International Day of Co-operatives.  International Day aims to increase awareness about the co-operative model and to promote the movement’s ideals, values and principles of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, democracy and world peace. This year’s theme and slogan are “Inclusion” and “Co-operatives ensure no one is left behind”.

The International Cooperative Alliance’s President, Monique F. Leroux, addresses the International Day of Co-operatives and its 2017 theme: inclusiveness.