On October 31, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly officially launched 2012 International Year of Co-operatives. Watch the 2012 video and see more videos from the UN webcast at the UN headquarters in New York City including the official announcement.With the slogan, “Co-operative enterprises build a better world”, the United Nations intends the International Year of Cooperatives to raise public awareness of the “…contributions of co-operative enterprises to poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration”. You can learn more about plans for 2012 at the Canadian Co-operative Association’s 2012 website.CHF BC members will be celebrating too. Stay tuned for a 2012 toolkit that will help your co-op celebrate with other co-ops. This will include opportunities to take part in 2012 events or organize your own. For more information, contact Fiona Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-879-5111 (1-866-879-5111) ext. 139.