Draft as 7 October 2009

Argentina, Bangladesh, Guatemala, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Panama, Sudan: draft resolution

 

 

Cooperatives in social development

 

 

The General Assembly,

PP1 Recalling its resolutions 47/90 of 16 December 1992, 49/155 of 23 December 1994, 51/58 of 12 December 1996, 54/123 of 17 December 1999, 56/114 of 19 December 2001, 58/131 of 22 December 2003, 60/132 of 16 December 2005 and 62/128 of 18 December 2007 concerning cooperatives in social development, /A/62/128, PP1 updated/

PP2 Recognizing that cooperatives, in their various forms, promote the fullest possible participation in the economic and social development of all people, including women, youth, older people and people with disabilities, and indigenous peoples are becoming a major factor of economic and social development and contribute to the eradication of poverty, /A/62/128, PP2/

PP3 Recognizing also the important contribution and potential of all forms of cooperatives to the follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development, the Fourth World Conference on Women, the second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II), including their five-year reviews, the World Food Summit, the Second World Assembly on Ageing, the International Conference on Financing for Development, the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the 2005 World Summit, /A/62/128, PP3/

PP4 Noting with appreciation the potential role of cooperatives development in the improvement of social and economic conditions of the indigenous peoples and rural communities, /A/62/128, PP4/

PP 5 Recalling Economic and Social Council Resolution 1980/67 of 25 July 1980 on international years and anniversaries;

OP 1. Takes note of the report of the Secretary-General on cooperatives in social developments;[1]/A/62/128, OP1/

OP2. Proclaims the year of 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives;

OP 3. Encourages all Member States, as well as the United Nations system and all other relevant stakeholders, to take advantage of the Year as a way of promoting cooperatives and raising awareness on their contribution to social and economic development;

OP 4. Draws the attention of Member States to the recommendations contained in the report of the Secretary-General for further action to promote the growth of cooperatives as business and social enterprises that can contribute to sustainable development, eradication of poverty and livelihoods in various economic sectors in urban and rural areas and provide support for the creation of cooperatives in new and emerging areas; /A/62/128, OP2/

OP 5. Encourages Governments to keep under review, as appropriate, the legal and administrative provisions governing the activities of cooperatives in order to enhance the growth and sustainability of cooperatives in a rapidly changing socio-economic environment by, inter alia, providing a level playing field for cooperatives vis--vis other business and social enterprises, including appropriate tax incentives, access to financial services and markets; /A/62/128, OP3/

OP 6. Urges Governments, relevant international organizations and the specialized agencies, in collaboration with national and international cooperative organizations, to give due consideration to the role and contribution of cooperatives in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit for Social Development, the Fourth World Conference on Women, the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II), including their five-year reviews, the World Food Summit, the Second World Assembly on Ageing, the International Conference on Financing for Development, the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the 2005 World Summit by, inter alia: /A/62/128, OP4/

(a) Utilizing and developing fully the potential and contribution of cooperatives for the attainment of social development goals, in particular the eradication of poverty, the generation of full and productive employment and the enhancement of social integration; /A/62/128, OP4 (a)/

(b) Encouraging and facilitating the establishment and development of cooperatives including taking measures aimed at enabling people living in poverty or belonging to vulnerable groups, including women, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons and indigenous peoples to fully participate, on voluntary basis, in cooperatives and to address their social service needs; /A/62/128, OP4 (b)/

(c) Taking appropriate measures aimed at creating a supportive and enabling environment for the development of cooperatives by, inter alia, developing an effective partnership between Governments and the cooperatives movement through joint consultative councils and/or advisory bodies and by promoting and implementing better legislation, research, sharing of good practices, training and technical assistance and capacity building of cooperatives, especially in the fields of management, auditing and marketing skills; /A/62/128, OP4 (c)/

(d) Raising public awareness of the contribution of cooperatives to employment generation and to socio-economic development, and promoting comprehensive research and statistical data-gathering on the activities, employment and overall socio-economic impact of cooperatives at the national and international levels, /A/62/128, OP4 (d)/ and harmonizing statistical methodologies to enable sound policy formulation; /SG report on cooperatives in social development, A/64/132, para.69 (f)/

OP7. Invites Governments, in collaboration with the cooperative movement, to develop programmes aimed at enhancing capacity-building of cooperatives, including through strengthening the organizational management and financial skills of their members, and to introduce and support programmes to improve the access of cooperatives to new technologies; /A/62/128, OP5/

OP7bis. Invites Governments and international organizations in partnership with cooperatives and cooperative organizations to promote the growth of agricultural cooperatives through access to finance, adoption of sustainable production techniques, investments in rural infrastructure and irrigation, strengthened marketing mechanisms, and support for the participation of women in economic activities; /SG report on cooperatives in social development, A/64/132, para.69 (d)/

OP7ter. Also invites Governments and international organizations in collaboration with cooperatives and cooperative organizations to promote the growth of financial cooperatives to meet the goal of inclusive finance by providing access to financial services for all; /SG report on cooperatives in social development, A/64/132, para.69 (c)/

OP8. Invites Governments, relevant international organizations, the specialized agencies and local, national and international cooperative organizations to continue to observe the International Day of Cooperatives annually, on the first Saturday of July, as proclaimed by the General Assembly in its resolution 47/90; /A/62/128, OP6/

OP9. Requests the Secretary-General, in cooperation with the relevant United Nations and other international organizations and national, regional and international cooperative organizations, to continue rendering support to Member States, as appropriate, in their efforts to create a supportive environment for the development of cooperatives, providing assistance for human resources development, technical advice and training and promoting an exchange of experience and best practices through, inter alia, conferences, workshops and seminars at the national and regional levels; /A/62/128, OP7/

8. Also requests the Secretary-General, in consultation with Member States and relevant international organizations, to consider effective ways and means for raising public awareness of the overall socio-economic impact of cooperatives, including the desirability and the feasibility of proclaiming an International Year of Cooperatives, and to report thereon to the General Assembly;

OP10. Requests the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly at its sixty-fourth sixty-sixth session a report on the implementation of the present resolution /A/62/128, OP9/, including a proposal on activities to be undertaken during the International Year of Cooperatives.



[1] A/64/132.