International Year of Cooperatives 2012
The United Nations declared 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives with the goal of raising public awareness of the invaluable contributions of cooperative enterprises to poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration. The Year also aimed to highlight the strengths of the cooperative business model as an alternative means of doing business and furthering socioeconomic development.
The theme of the year was "Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World." Official activities included the global launch of the IYC in October 2011, a global forum and workshop on "Harnessing the Cooperative Advantage to Build a Better World" in September 2012, a short film festival, and various other panel discussions and forums worldwide.
Selected International Year of Cooperatives Projects
This page originally adapted from the UN International Year of Co-operatives website: 
- IYC Welcome Page: http://social.un.org/coopsyear/index.html
- IYC Activities Page: http://social.un.org/coopsyear/iyc-activities.html