General Assembly

Every three years IFOAM in its entirety meets for the General Assembly (GA) where the truly democratic and participatory nature of IFOAM can be seen in action. This is where the World Board is elected for its three-year tenure. The GA also provides strategic guidance to the World Board on appointing official committees,  working groups and task forces . Keeping in line with our aspiration to be a common voice for the organic movement, motions and recommendations are based on suggestions put forward by our members. The GA is a dynamic and lively gathering that inspires members, board and staff to continue working towards the realization of IFOAM's vision.

IFOAM GA 2014 Istanbul logo

The next GA will be held 16-17 October 2014 following the 18th IFOAM Organic World Congress (OWC) in Istanbul Turkey.

GA Registration
IFOAM affiliates can register with special discounted prices for the 3-day OWC. You first have to send an e-mail to ifoamreg [at] owc2014 [dot] org ( to verify your membership. The member link for registration will then be sent to your e-mail address. It is important that only this link is used for registration in order to benefit from the special discount and to register for the IFOAM General Assembly. The GA food package costs 60 € and includes organic foods and drinks for the GA coffee and lunch breaks. 

The host of the 19th OWC will be chosen here. Bids should be submitted by 2 May 2014. Information on becoming the host for the 19th OWC can be found here:

call_to_host_2017.pdf      owc_policy.pdf   owc_application_procedure.pdf

A new IFOAM World Board will be elected in Istanbul. The Call for World Board members you find here.

Members are welcome to submit Motions to the GA latest by June 10, 2014. The Call for Genaral Assembly Motions for download: call_for_ga_motions_201401_web.pdf

In case of any inquiry regarding the IFOAM General Assembly 2014, please contact Thomas Cierpka at ga @