International Year 2012:

Sunday, 1 January 2012

to Monday, 31 December 2012

The United Nations has proclaimed two special observances for 2012: International Year of Sustainable Energy for All; and International Year of Cooperatives.

International Year of Sustainable Energy for All presents a valuable opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of increasing sustainable access to energy, energy efficiency, and renewable energy at the local, national, regional and international levels. 

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.