Our values, policies and institutions that help us govern the global IOGT movement and that help us manage our economic, political and social affairs.

Our governance structure – grown and refined in over 160 years of existence – shows the deep bottom-up democratic process that governs IOGT International and all our decision-making processes.

Our Vision

IOGT International’s vision is a life for all human beings free to live up to their fullest potential, and free from harm caused by alcohol and other drugs. It’s a world of peace, democracy and justice where free and healthy citizens actively contribute in all levels of society.

Constitution

The IOGT International Constitution was adopted by the 66th Session of the World Congress of IOGT International in Basel, Switzerland, August 4, 2006.

The IOGT International Constitution has its roots in the founding principles and values of 1851, when IOGT was founded in Utica, New York.

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Movement Structure

Governance structure of IOGT International

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Member-Based Expert Core Groups

In IOGT International, we from a bottom-up democratic process. That is why we structure our work in member-based and member-driven expert core groups.

Currently, there are two such core groups, in which the member of the International Board, the office and from among our Member Organisations together work for achieving the goals set out in the Plan of Action.

Rehab Core Group

We conduct our work for treatment, rehabilitation and social services through the Rehab Core Group.

Read more about the Rehab Core Group and IOGT International’s approach to the work here.

Junior Core Group

We conduct our work for Child Rights and children’s empowerment through the Junior Core Group.

Read more about the Junior Core Group and our approach to the work here.

World Congress

The World Congress is the highest authority of IOGT International. The IOGT International Member Organisations gather every fourth year to assess the work of the previous period and to decide on new plans, policies and to elect the International Board.

The World Congress elects the International Board: one International President (IP), one International Vice President (IVP) and up to seven Board Members. The International Board appoints from its membership an Administrative Committee (AC).

The International Board is accountable to the World Congress. In-between two World Congress sessions, it is the International Board who leads IOGT International, according to the priorities and guidelines determined by the Member Organisations.

68th World Congress documents

28 October to 31 October 2014, Cha Am, Thailand

For all delegates to the 68th World Congress: The Agenda and Congress Documents

Please find the Congress documents, without annex, in PDF.

Proxy Vote Authorization Template for download.

World Congress Program Book: Find all the information about what’s going on during the week of the 68th Session of the World Congress – excursions, key note speakers, plenary sessions, social events, the Exhibition of Promising Practices and much more.

IOGT Policies

IOGT International’s advocacy is anchored in two policy programs.

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IOGT International Alcohol Policy – Alcohol in All Policies

This alcohol policy is evidence-based and rooted in the first hand experiences and know-how that IOGT International and its members have acquired from working with all aspects of alcohol harm for over more than 160 years.

The IOGT International Alcohol Policy outlines how IOGT International:

  1. Views the substance alcohol,
  2. Addresses harm caused by alcohol and the alcohol industry,
  3. Approaches the main principles of policy response and
  4. What IOGT International suggests as solutions.

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IOGT International Narcotic Drugs Policy – Prevention, Rehabilitation, Child Rights

This Narcotic Drugs Policy is evidence-based and rooted in the first hand experiences and know-how that IOGT International and its members have acquired from working with all aspects of illicit drugs-related harm.

The IOGT International Narcotic Drugs Policy outlines how IOGT International:

  1. Views basic principles and definitions concerning the issue of illicit drugs,
  2. Describes the harm caused by illicit drugs,
  3. Addresses the consequences of illegal markets spreading illicit drugs and the actors profiting from them, and finally
  4. Presents what IOGT International proposes as solutions.