Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World.
International years are declared by the United Nations to draw attention to and encourage action on major issues. The International Year of Cooperatives is intended to raise public awareness of the invaluable contributions of cooperative enterprises to poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration.
The Year will also highlight the strengths of the cooperative business model as an alternative means of doing business and furthering socioeconomic development.
With the theme of “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World”, the Year seeks to encourage the growth and establishment of cooperatives all over the world.
Biodiversity is the backbone of all life on earth, but every day species’ extinctions are continuing at up to 1,000 times or more the natural rate.
The extinction of individual species, but also habitat destruction, land conversion for agriculture and development, climate change, pollution and the spread of invasive species are only some of the threats responsible for today's crisis.
Following on from 2010’s International Year of Biodiversity, Governments meeting at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10) approved a step change for biodiversity: a new Strategic Plan for the following ten years to reduce the current pressures on the planet’s biodiversity and take urgent action to save and restore nature.
Forests for People
All 7 billion people on earth have their physical, economic and spiritual health tied to the health of forests. The theme for the United Nations 2011 International Year of Forests was "Forests for People" which highlighted this relationship and our role in ensuring forests’ well-being and development.
In order to strengthen global efforts to improve the state of forests, the UN adopted four Global Objectives which focused on reversing forest loss, enhancing forest-based benefits, increasing sustainably managed forests and mobilizing financial resources.
Taking Action for Biodiversity
In October 2010, In Japan, governments agreed to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Targets as the basis for halting and eventually reversing the loss of biodiversity of the planet.
To build support and momentum for this urgent task, the United Nations General Assembly declared the period 2011-2020 to be "the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity".
Each day counts. The actions taken by individuals, stakeholders and governments are important steps, one building on the other, towards protecting the life support systems that not only ensure human well-being, but support the rich variety of life on this planet.