WOCCU’s Branch Named to U.N. International Year of Cooperatives Advisory Group

October 13, 2011

Organization: World Council of Credit Unions
Phone: (608) 395-2000
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Brian Branch, WOCCU president and CEO

MADISON, Wis. — Brian Branch, president and CEO of World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), has been named to the advisory group for the United Nations 2012 International Year of Cooperatives. Branch is one of 20 leaders from among the global cooperative movement, including individual organizations and governments, selected to serve on the advisory group.

The advisory group will provide guidance to the United Nations in implementing the goals and objectives associated with the International Year of Cooperatives. The group will also encourage partnerships and external activities that support the role cooperatives play in social and economic development on a global basis.

"I am honored to be part of this prestigious group," Branch said. "Credit unions and other cooperatives have had a profound impact on the lives of their members. The International Year of Cooperatives will shine a well-deserved light on the value and empowerment that credit unions and cooperatives provide."

Announced in December 2009, the International Year of Cooperatives is designed to increase public awareness about cooperatives and their contribution to global socio-economic development, promote the formation and growth of cooperatives for socio-economic empowerment and provide an enabling environment through policies, laws and regulations. In addition to supporting various member organizations' activities, WOCCU is working closely with the U.S. Credit Union National Association, the National Cooperative Business Association and the International Cooperative Association to support and promote the year's goals and objectives.

The International Year of Cooperatives will launch Oct. 31 at the U.N. headquarters in New York with roundtable discussions and meetings. A leadership forum and press conference is scheduled for Nov. 1 at the Millenium UN Plaza Hotel.

For more information on the International Year of Cooperatives and to share ideas on ways to raise awareness about financial cooperatives, visit WOCCU's online forum and resource center at

World Council of Credit Unions is the global trade association and development agency for credit unions. World Council promotes the sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services. World Council advocates on behalf of the global credit union system before international organizations and works with national governments to improve legislation and regulation. Its technical assistance programs introduce new tools and technologies to strengthen credit unions' financial performance and increase their outreach.

World Council has implemented 300+ technical assistance programs in 89 countries. Worldwide, 68,882 credit unions in 109 countries serve 235 million people. Learn more about World Council's impact around the world at

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