August 23-26 & September 13 - 14, 2021

2021 General Assembly

 

Join us virtually on August 23-26, 2021, for our GA Prep and Motion Exchange Sessions, and on September 13-14, 2021, for our General Assembly Plenary Sessions.

At the General Assembly (GA), the democratic and participatory nature of our organisation comes to life. It is a great opportunity for our members to have an impact on the organic movement, the strategy, and overall activities of IFOAM – Organics International.

Together, we will exchange, discuss and learn about the future of the organic sector.

The GA is open to everyone, but only Members (with voting rights) can fully participate and are entitled to vote.

Organics In Action

Read through our GA publication, Organics In Actionwhere you will find information on the GA agenda, motions, WB candidates, bids to host the next OWC and more.

Timeline


 

What's Next?: From July 9, you will be able to register to vote in your Member Area. You must register to vote by August 31, 2021! Further information on registering to vote is available here.

Please update your organisation contact details to make sure you receive all 2021GA related communications.

Important Information for this GA:

How to Prepare for the General Assembly 2021

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August 23-26

GA Prep and Motion Exchange Sessions

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September 13-14

GA Plenary Zoom Sessions

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Motion Amendments at the General Assembly 2021

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Meet the Candidates for the World Board 2021-24!

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Bids for the 2024 Organic World Congress

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Frequently Asked Questions

Every three years, voting members, board representatives and staff of IFOAM – Organics International gather during our General Assembly (GA) to exchange ideas, discuss motions, elect the World Board and decide on the following Organic World Congress host. Outside of in-person GAs, members can also contribute their voice by electronic vote during Electronic General Assemblies (eGAs).

The GA is a great opportunity to see the truly democratic and participatory nature of our organization in action. 

GA Rules of Procedure

What happens at the GA?

  • Members discuss, amend and vote on motions they submitted
  • Members elect the new World Board for a three-year term
  • Members vote for the next OWC host city

The most recent General Assembly was held November 12-13, 2017 in New Delhi, India directly after the 19th Organic World Congress. 

You can read the 2017 GA Minutes here. 

2017 GA Highlights

Related Materials

IFOAM – Organics International has established a Nomination Committee (NC) to ensure candidacies for the World Board represent the full diversity of the organic movement. 

The NC actively identifies suitable candidates and encourages them to submit their candidacies, as well as facilitating an unbiased presentation of skills and positions of candidates.

The NC 2021 is composed of: 

  • Andre Leu, Australia - Former President of IFOAM – Organics International - NC chair
  • Mahesh Chander, India - Member of Standards Committee as also the Standard Requirements Committee, Nomination Committee in 2014
  • George Muigai, Kenya - currently working with Deutsche Welthungerhilfe (EU funded project) as a technical Advisor, Sustainability, Certification and Digital traceability
  • Sundeep Kamath, India - IFOAM Asia Board Member
  • Marian Blom, Netherlands - IFOAM EU Vice President 
  • M. Reza Ardakani, Iran - Director of IFOAM Iran
  • Drazen Lusic, Croatia - President of IFOAM AgroBioMediterraneo

Policy regarding the Nomination of Candidates for the World Board 

Though our General Assembly is a public event and we encourage anyone interested to attend, not all can take an active part. 

Only Members of IFOAM - Organics International have the right to vote on presented Motions.

Associates of IFOAM - Organics International can contribute to the discussion but have no voting rights.                                       
                                                                                                  
Anyone, including those unaffiliated with the organisation, can attend the GA as an observer. If you are not a member of IFOAM – Organics International but wish to participate, please contact us at ga@ifoam.bio