Arab Cooperative Union

Union coopérative arabe (UCA)

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31 Aug 1981, Baghdad (Iraq), within the framework of Council of Arab Economic Unity (CAEU), approaches for its formation having commenced in 1975 and several meetings held. Effective from 1987. Previously also referred to as Arab Cooperative Federation (ACF) and as Arab Federation for Cooperation.


Bring together Arab cooperative societies and their members; enhance the level of the cooperative movement in Arab countries, improving it economically, socially and culturally; safeguard cooperative goals and principles; ensure development and support for the Arab cooperative movement among Arab integration organizations and contribute to realizing economic integration among Arab countries.

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Encourages teaching of cooperative methods in schools, institutes and colleges, setting up Arab Co-operative Union for this purpose; develops working methods to ensure best economic returns and exchange of experience; collects, classifies and publishes information, including statistics, particularly of technical, economic and commercial Arab and international affairs regarding raw materials and elements of production; prepares economic and social benefit studies for proposed projects; studies and works to ensure unification of cooperative legislation in Arab countries; encourages Arab integration; presses for joint Arab societies in all cooperative fields and submits to CAEU plans for such societies; resolves members' technical and commercial problems; assists in preparation and carrying out of training programmes at national and regional levels; organizes training courses, seminars, culture weeks, cooperative fairs; carries out investigations and research; disseminates information.


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Arabic, English.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 4 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 17 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced Inequality



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