This year's International Day of Co-operatives's slogan is "Co-operatives: The power to act for a sustainable future".
This theme was chosen to highlight the large role co-operatives play in promoting the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals of ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality, and fixing climate change over the next 15 years. Co-operative principles and development methods have been shown to alleviate poverty, promote equality and focus on the environment.
The day will be celebrated on Saturday, July 2nd, in Nakaseke, hosted by the Uganda Meat Producers Co-operative Union. Co-operatives, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives and other co-operative partners will gather together to celebrate the co-operative movement in Uganda, its achievements and promote co-operative culture. The events on the day will include an awards ceremony, exhibitions by co-operatives and partners in the industry, and entertainment.
Uganda Central Co-operative Financial Services will be a leading member of the celebrations, holding an exhibition on the day and taking part in planning committees.
The Uhuru Institute, whom have spearheaded the organisation of this year's events, have also organised a week long celebration to occur around the country to promote co-operatives and the co-operative principles.
In line with this year's theme, events will include a nationwide blood drive on June 27th to help communities deal with a blood shortage, handing in of a petition to parliament to promote co-operative issues on June 28th, a symposium looking at the history of co-operatives in Uganda and their future, and the kick off of a year-long tree planting competition to promote the environment on June 30th.
UCCFS has been working hard with co-operatives around the country to promote the Ugandan Co-operative Movement and build stronger co-operatives through financial and non-financial support; therefore, we see July 2nd as a day to celebrate all our efforts! We've already seen the difference co-operatives have made to communities - you can read some of the stories here - but we need to continue working hard to promote co-operatives as we create a stronger future for Uganda.
We hope that all our members can do their best to attend the big day in Nakaseke, and if they cannot we hope they promote co-operatives in their area with their own celebrations! Share your stories on social media with the hashtag #CoopDay2016.