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"If you want to buy great produce that’s grown nearby, rather than flown in from halfway round the world, come and see us. We also have some lovely local artists working with us, creating fabulous painted rocks, beautiful postcards, decorated watering cans and other related craftworks."

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Co-op News, the Global News Hub for co-operatives, will bring together live webcasts along with a stream of photographs and articles from the various country launches.

Ecuador will start the celebrations at 07.45 local time (12.45 GMT) in a celebration from the Sheraton Hotel in Quito. The event will feature ministers of state and has been organised by the Ecuadorian Committee for the Promotion of International Year of Cooperatives.

In the United Kingdom, Co-operatives UK will be hosting a live broadcast with national newspaper the Guardian, which will be simulcast through the Global News Hub. The UK event will host a discussion between Dame Pauline Green, President, International Co-operative Alliance; Ed Mayo, Secretary General, Co-operatives UK; Len Wardle, Chair, The Co-operative Group; Charles Leadbeater, economist and innovation thinker; and Li Chunsheng, Vice-President, All China Federation of Supply and Marketing Co-operatives.

In Portugal, the development centre for co-operatives CASES, will host the official launch of the International Year at 5.00pm (GMT/local time). The opening speech will be given by Pedro Mota Soares, the Minister for Solidarity and Social Security. He will be joined by Eduardo Graça, President of CASES; Manuel dos Santos Gomes, President of CONFAGRI; and Jerónimo Teixeira, President of CONFECOOP.

In Canada (5.30 pm GMT), a national launch organised by the Canadian Co-operative Association and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité will take place in Ottawa, together with more than 12 other simultaneous regional events across the country. All locations will be linked by a live webcast. The webcast will include remarks by Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators (live from Calgary) and Monique Leroux, president and CEO of Desjardins (live from Lévis, Quebec) as well as the premiere of a co-operative musical work by the Montreal group Samajam, who will perform live in Ottawa.

Co-operatives Europe will be co-ordinating launches across continental Europe in Belgium, France, Italy and Bulgaria.

• Follow the International Year of Cooperatives launches live on the Global News Hub on 12 January: www.thenews.coop/2012launch

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Today, co-operatives around the world will join together to launch the International Year of Cooperatives through live video feeds.

This website, the Global News Hub for co-operatives, will bring together live webcasts along with a stream of photographs and articles from the various country launches.

Ecuador will start the celebrations at 07.45 local time (12.45 GMT) in a celebration from the Sheraton Hotel in Quito. The event will feature ministers of state and has been organised by the Ecuadorian Committee for the Promotion of International Year of Cooperatives.

In the United Kingdom, Co-operatives UK will be hosting a live broadcast with national newspaper the Guardian, which will be simulcast through the Global News Hub. The UK event will host a discussion between Dame Pauline Green, President, International Co-operative Alliance; Ed Mayo, Secretary General, Co-operatives UK; Len Wardle, Chair, The Co-operative Group; Charles Leadbeater, economist and innovation thinker; and Li Chunsheng, Vice-President, All China Federation of Supply and Marketing Co-operatives.

In Portugal, the development centre for co-operatives CASES, will host the official launch of the International Year at 5.00pm (GMT/local time). The opening speech will be given by Pedro Mota Soares, the Minister for Solidarity and Social Security. He will be joined by Eduardo Graça, President of CASES; Manuel dos Santos Gomes, President of CONFAGRI; and Jerónimo Teixeira, President of CONFECOOP.

In Canada (5.30 pm GMT), a national launch organised by the Canadian Co-operative Association and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité will take place in Ottawa, together with more than 12 other simultaneous regional events across the country. All locations will be linked by a live webcast. The webcast will include remarks by Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators (live from Calgary) and Monique Leroux, president and CEO of Desjardins (live from Lévis, Quebec) as well as the premiere of a co-operative musical work by the Montreal group Samajam, who will perform live in Ottawa.

Co-operatives Europe will be co-ordinating launches across continental Europe in Belgium, France, Italy and Bulgaria.

• Follow the International Year of Cooperatives launches live on the Global News Hub on 12 January: www.thenews.coop/2012launch

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To mark the start of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives 2012, The Guardian is holding a live panel debate with co-operative and innovative business leaders.

The debate, which will take place on Thursday 12 January, will be streamed live on the Guardian sustainable business and  social enterprise network sites.


Click HERE to join up!

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International Year of Cooperatives Video Clip 2012

The International Year of Co-operatives is a United Nations led initiative that aims to raise awareness of co-operatives as successful, values-based enterprises that are owned and controlled by their members.

The year represents an exciting opportunity for co-operatives all around the world to celebrate their unique buisness model, a business model which actively contributes to global poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration. Find out how by watching the video below:

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