MANCHESTER, England (11/5/12)--Cooperatives United: A World Festival and Expo, a global festival of events and exhibitions, was held last week in Manchester, England, to mark the close of the International Year of the Cooperative (IYC).
2012 was designated by the United Nations (UN) as IYC, with the theme "Cooperatives build a better world."
The conference's closing ceremony featured a panel discussion that included IYC U.S. Steering Committee member Paul Hazen, along with Dame Pauline Green, Bank Transfer Day founder Kristen Christian and several other international leaders.
Bill Cheney, president/CEO of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), attended the International Co-operative Alliance board meeting during Cooperative United. CUNA has been a participant on National Cooperative Business Association's International Year of Cooperatives Steering Committee. CUNA and U.S. credit unions and leagues were active in a number of IYC events in the U.S., including the cross-country Co-Cycle tour and Cabot Creamery Cooperative's Community bike/walking along the East Coast.
A new video Celebrating 2012 IYC was released in conjunction with Cooperatives United. It runs three minutes, 20 seconds and includes content from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, National Cooperative Grocers Association, Co-Cycle, and the Cooperative Teach-in team as well as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, ICA President Dame Pauline Green, and cooperative leaders and projects from around the world. To view the video use the link.