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The ICA 33rd World Cooperative Congress is being held in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 1 to 3 December 2021. The Congress will be a hybrid event, will take place both in person and virtually for those who are unable to travel.

Registration for the Congress (1-3 December 2021) is now open!


  • Click here to register!
  • If you are registering for a group, please send an email to for the group registration form.
  • Local registrants from South Korea should register here.


For participants attending virtually, all sessions will be broadcast live in Korean time zone (GMT+9). For those who cannot attend during the scheduled times, all the sessions will be recorded and made available online via the Congress online platform for viewing later.


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 28 to 30 November, followed by the conference itself from 1 to 3 December.


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