The International Cooperative Alliance’s global conferences each time bring together cooperative thought leaders and businesses for learning, debating and networking. The global conferences happen every two years.
The General Assembly is the highest authority of the ICA and is made up of representatives appointed by ICA member organisations. The General Assembly meets every year, for a full agenda during the Global Conference, and with a limited agenda the other years.
The last General Assembly and Global Conference was held in Kigali, Rwanda on 17 October 2019. It was preceded by the Global Conference 'Cooperatives for development' (14 - 17 October). Mre than 1,000 people from 94 countries participated. The event was organised in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Rwanda, a country where 43% of the population are members of cooperatives. More information about the Global Conference here
In November 2017 the ICA’s Global Conference and General Assembly in Malaysia brought together 1,500 people from more than 80 countries and featured 62 sessions with over 60 speakers to discuss about the role of cooperatives in putting people at the centre of development. Search more cooperative events here