General Assembly

Every three years (2014, 2017, 2020...) IFOAM - Organics International in its entirety meets for the General Assembly (GA), where the truly democratic and participatory nature of the organization can be seen in action. The GA is a dynamic and lively gathering that inspires members, board and staff to continue working towards the realization of the vision of IFOAM - Organics International - to be a common voice for the organic movement.

The GA is the highest organ of the organization. The Statutes regulate the frame in which the GA operates, the GA Rules of Procedure guide through the processes related to the GA. The lecture of both documents is highly recommended for members who intend to actively participate in the upcoming GA. Our video animation below provides valuable insights in all you should know about Member Motions.

In between In-Person GAs the membership of IFOAM - Organics International takes decisions by Electronic Vote, so-called Electronic General Assemblies (eGAs).  The results of the eGAs you find here.  

General Assembly 2020, Rennes, France, September 26 & 27, 2020

       The GA & OWC 2020 venue is Rennes, France as decided at the 2017 GA in India.                       Find details here.

       All calls related to the GA 2020 will be published on this GA webpage. Important dates:

  • Call for World Board candidates: published July 17, 2019 - see below
  • Call for OWC 2023 Bids: published by October 15, 2019
  • Call for Member Motions: published by October 1, 2019


The World Board Election is scheduled for the General Assembly in Rennes, France.

Here the Call for World Board Candidates for your consideration. Application deadline in April 30, 2020.

You find the Terms of Reference of the World Board and a Sample Supporting Letter for WB candidates here.

A Nomination Committee (NC) has been established to ensure sufficient candidacies from people with a diverse background for the IFOAM – Organics International World Board. This is the first step of preparation to the upcoming General Assembly.

 Meet The World Board Nomination Committee (NC)


The new logo for the General Assembly 2017


The last GA was held on November 12 & 13, 2017 following the 19th IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC) in New Delhi, India.

    Please find the Draft GA 2017 Minutes uploaded here. 

   The GA elected a new World Board (WB) as well as the host for the OWC & GA 2020:      it will be held in Rennes, France

The IFOAM - Organics International In Action 2017 provides the GA agenda, profiles of the WB candidates, the WB and member motions as well the bids presented to host the OWC and GA 2020.

Here you find the GA presentation by the World Board containing the report about the past term, the new strategy for IFOAM - organics International as well as the outlook for the coming term until 2020.

The Organic 3.0 summary, as well as the draft Position Paper on the Compatibility of Breeding Techniques in Organic Systems has been approved by the General Assembly 2017.

The World Board Term Report 2014 - 2017  is available for download, describing the activities and achievements of the term.


previous general assemblies

IFOAM GA 2014 Istanbul logoGeneral Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey (2014)

  • To see the agenda points press here.
  • For minutes please press here.
  • World Board Term Report can be found here.


General Assembly Namyangju City KoreaGeneral Assembly in Namyangju City, Korea (2011)

  • To see the agenda points press here.
  • For minutes please press here
  • World Board Term Report can be found here



General Assembly Vignola ItalyGeneral Assembly in Vignola, Italy (2008)

  • To see the agenda points press here.
  • For the minutes please click here