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ICA Message on International Cooperative Day, 1st July 2006: "Peace-Building Through Cooperatives”

1 July 2006 [ English ] français ]

The worker, social and artisans’ cooperatives are part of the CICOPA constituency and have an important contribution to make to world peace because of their mission of creating sustainable jobs and providing firm and dignified socio-economic inclusion to millions of people across the world.

Our share of total employment is still small, but our movement is very meaningful in terms of potential and public policies: enterprises do not delocalise, workers can revive their own enterprises in crisis and maintain a town or a village economically active, socially marginalised persons can find employment through a cooperative, small artisans hope to leave the informal economy through a cooperative.

The fight for having a decent job is the fight for human dignity and freedom. Our CICOPA motto is “work together”. On this occasion, it is important to remind ourselves that we are active in building a world of peace: a goal that shall not let us rest until the end is met.