Washington (5/24/10)--The National Cooperative Business Association’s (NCBA) International Year of Cooperatives 2012 webinar will be held Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET. The General Assembly of the United Nations (U.N.) declared 2012 as International Year of Cooperatives (IYC). The U.N. also drafted a framework that draws from the activities of the International Year of Microcredit, 2005 and other successful international years. While the U.N. is organizing among governments, each nation’s apex organization for cooperatives--such as NCBA--will coordinate national activities among cooperatives. NCBA has assembled a working group with participants from several cooperative sectors to provide overall guidance, and create a process through which many participants can discuss and organize events during the next two-and-a-half years. The webinar will outline that process and allow participants to provide input to build on the U.N. draft framework and to find ideas on how to make the IYC a success, and to avoid duplication and streamline activities. The U.N.’s resolution was supported by the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). In May 2009, WOCCU CEO Pete Crear spoke at a U.N. meeting of global experts on “Cooperatives in a World in Crisis” (News Now May 6). “Declaring 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives would shine a more intense light on cooperatives and credit unions worldwide,” Crear said. For more information, use the link.