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Add your support to the final International Co-operative Youth Statement

The International Co-operative Youth Statement, which was developed through an open and participatory approach including an online survey and a discussion forum on Facebook, was presented during the Closing Ceremonies of the International Year of Cooperatives at the United Nations. Young people from all over the world shared their experiences and insights regarding youth empowerment and engagement with co-operatives.

The statement outlines the relevance and potential of co-operatives for youth empowerment and employment – especially in relation to these difficult and challenging times for young people throughout the world. It makes recommendations to national governments, international organisations and the international community, educational institutions, civil society and the co-operative sector on how to promote co-operative youth empowerment, and is intended to inform international policy dialogues beyond the International Year of Co-operatives.

Download the final statement as a PDF below. Everybody is invited and encouraged to put weight on the messages of the statement by signing and supporting it at

International Co-operative Youth Statement