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The ICA 33rd World Cooperative Congress will be held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea and online from 1st to 3rd December 2021.


The Congress is scheduled to take place in person, and virtually for those who are unable to travel. Details and logistics for this hybrid event are still being finalized. However, to help you plan how to attend Congress, here are the top five things to know:


The theme for the Congress is, “Deepening our Cooperative Identity” to strengthen the cooperative movement’s role in addressing global challenges and explore avenues to improve lives at the local and global levels. Within this, four themes will explore how cooperatives examine, strengthen, commit to, and live the cooperative identity. Read more on these themes in future 'Destination Congress' newsletters!


The Congress will be an opportunity to look back and validate the cooperative movement’s resilience, leadership, and solidarity during times of crisis. This event will serve as an important forum to:


  • Discuss why the cooperative identity, including definition, principles and values, is needed now more than ever
  • Show cooperative resilience by sharing experiences and testimonies
  • Discuss how cooperatives can significantly contribute to the global economic, social, and environmental reconstruction.


The Congress will consist of pre-events from 28th to 30th November, followed by the conference itself from 1st to 3rd December. Details of the Congress are being updated at


The dates for the Congress are subject to be further rescheduled should the pandemic make it necessary for force majeure.