The Finnisch Committee for the UN
International Year of Cooperatives

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Shimelles Tenaw (Mr)
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Researcher, University of Helsinki
Department of Economics & Management
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IYC News

Goodwill Grant by the Finnish Co-operative Council

The most remarkable happening that took place in Finland in honor of the UN International Year of Co-operatives was that the Finnish Co-operative Council made decision to grant fund for co-operative management endowment professorship in Business Science particularly in the field of co-operative management and organization for duration of five years with possible extension opportunity of two years.

The purpose of the project is to produce additional value to the management ability of co-operative enterprises to promote their capability and succeed in their basic task of implementation.

The Faculty of Business at the Lappeenranta University of Technology was selected the place for the endowment professorship. Iiro Jussila, professor, D.Sc (Econ. & Bus.adm.) was appointed as the holder of the endowment professorship.    

Report of UN International Year of Cooperatives in Finland published in english.

The report of IYC is downloadable from this link: Report (.pdf)

IYC Closing Ceremony is held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, on 19-20 November 2012.

We would like to remind you of the IYC Short Film Festival entitled "Cooperative enterprises build a better world", which will take place at the IYC Closing Ceremony in 19 November 2012. Please note that the deadline for submissions is next 30 September. More information

UN Cooperatives News recearched Rio+20 and here is what they found out from outcome document: Rio+20 outcome document has affirmed that Cooperatives are key for sustainable development

IYC Material

Rio+20 outcome document has affirmed that Cooperatives are key for sustainable development, UN Cooperatives News.

UN Secretary General's Ban ki-Moon video message on IYC 2012 , YouTube

July 7th is the International Cooperative Day », YouTube

International Raiffeisin Conference in Bonn, May 2012, resolution , pdf in English, German and French, Shimelles Tenaw

Finnish IYC 2012 Celebration in Helsinki on 21 March 2012 , pdf in English
  Dame Pauline Green in Helsinki (speech, pdf in English)

Report on IYC launch in New York , pdf in Finnish, by Shimelles Tenaw

The newest ICA eDigest , February 2012, IYC Launch Special

Co-op Events , ICA Calendar

Update: United Nations Global Launch of the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC)

Finland a pioneering country in international co-operative development dialogue

Co-operative action by African women and men can create better livelihoods in spite of prevailing poverty in sub-Saharan Africa

Effects of climate change can be lessened through co-operative farming practices at grassroots level in sub-Saharan Africa


UN´s material on the launch:

Global launch material

Opening Statement by Mr. Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Secretary-General of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development

Statement by Ms. Daniela Bas

Message from the Director-General International Labour Organization

ILO: Cooperatives (EMP/COOP)

ILO & FAO: Cooperatives & Producers' Organizations

Video gallery on launch

United Nations Webcast: video on-demand

United Nations Webcast: video on-demand 2

United Nations Webcast: video on-demand 3

United Nations Webcast: video on-demand 4

UN video gallery