MADISON, Wis. (10/14/11)--Brian Branch, president/CEO of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), has been named to the advisory group for the United Nations 2012 International Year of Cooperatives.
Branch is one of 20 leaders from among the global cooperative movement, including individual organizations and governments, selected to serve on the group. The advisory group will provide guidance to the United Nations (U.N.) in implementing goals and objectives for the International Year of Cooperatives. The group also will encourage partnerships and external activities that support the role cooperatives play in social and economic development on a global basis. “Credit unions and other cooperatives have had a profound impact on the lives of their members. The International Year of Cooperatives will shine a well-deserved light on the value and empowerment that credit unions and cooperatives provide,” Branch said. Announced in December 2009, the International Year of Cooperatives is designed to increase public awareness about cooperatives and their contribution to global socio-economic development, promote the formation and growth of cooperatives for socio-economic empowerment and provide an enabling environment through policies, laws and regulations. In addition to supporting various member organizations’ activities, WOCCU is working with the Credit Union National Association, the National Cooperative Business Association and the International Cooperative Association to support and promote the year’s goals and objectives. The International Year of Cooperatives will launch Oct. 31 at the U.N. headquarters in New York with roundtable discussions and meetings. A leadership forum and press conference is scheduled for Nov. 1 at the Millenium U.N. Plaza Hotel. For more information, use the link.