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 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.  

The new logo for the General Assembly 2017   The next GA will be held on November 12 & 13, 2017 following the
     19th IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC) in India.

    The registration for the 2017 OWC and GA is open. Details you find here.

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

The Organic 3.0 summary as well as the draft Position Paper on the Compatibility of Breeding Techniques in Organic Systems belong to motions presented by the World Board and should be considered together with the motion text.

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

The GA will elect a new World Board (WB). The call for WB members you find here.

A list of WB candidates who completed their application you can find here.

Members were called to submit Motions to the GA in India. Please find the call for Member Motions here. 

The future OWC venue will be voted at the current GA. Find the list of bids to host the Organic World Congress 2020 here.

The GA logistics and also accommodation opportunities you find linked to this page.

Voting at the General Assembly 2017

Please take note that this year - for the first time - we will register voters electronically prior to the event.  For this purpose, we are distributing one unique code to each member organization, which has paid the membership fee in 2017.

How to use the General Assembly Voter Registration Code

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
  • World Board Term Report can be found here