2012 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Cooperatives recognizing the contribution of cooperatives to socioeconomic development, mainly their impact on poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration.
With the theme “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World”, the UN aims to promote the development and establishment of cooperatives across the globe.
SIE encourages Soroptimists worldwide to advance cooperatives and raise awareness of their contribution to social and economic development as well as encourage the creation and growth of
cooperatives, especially women’s cooperatives.
For more information, please visit http://social.un.org/coopsyear/