International Coffee Organization (ICO)

Organisation internationale du café (OIC)
Organización Internacional del Café
Organização Internacional do Café

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Aug 1963, on entry into force (for a 5-year period) of International Coffee Agreement, 1962, registered under 'UNTS 1/9262'. Operations continued under provisions of: International Coffee Agreement, 1968, registered under 'UNTS 1/6791'; International Coffee Agreement 1968 as Extended; International Coffee Agreement, 1976, in force from 1 Oct 1976 until 30 Sep 1983; International Coffee Agreement, 1982, which entered into force on 1 Oct 1983 and was extended until 30 Sep 1994; International Coffee Agreement, 1994, which entered into force on 1 Oct 1994 for 5 years; International Coffee Agreement, 2001, which entered into force on 1 Oct 2001 for 6 years; International coffee agreement, 2007, which entered into force on 2 Feb 2011 for 10 years.


Promote enhanced international cooperation and provide a forum for intergovernmental consultations on coffee matters; facilitate expansion and transparency of international trade in coffee; encourage development of a sustainable coffee economy; promote quality; analyse and advise on the preparation of coffee development projects; promote training and information programmes to assist the transfer of relevant technology to members; act as a centre for the collection, analysis and dissemination and publication of economic and technical information, statistics and studies; encourage and increase the consumption of coffee.

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Since 1963, administers provisions of the Agreement and supervises its operation. The 2007 Agreement: strengthens the Organization's role as a forum for intergovernmental consultations; facilitates international trade through increased transparency and access to relevant information; promotes a sustainable coffee economy for the benefit of all stakeholders and particularly of small-scale farmers in coffee producing countries. It is an important instrument for development cooperation and will provide the legal framework for core activities undertaken by the Organization. About 15 of the 45 Exporting Members are least-developed countries, adn the 25 million small coffee farmers and their families who produce 70% of the world's coffee are particularly affected by fluctuations in market prices and imbalances in supply and demand. The Preamble specifically acknowledges the contribution of a sustainable coffee sector to the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals, particularly with respect to poverty eradication. Other activities include promotion of coffee consumption, quality improvement, project development, statistics, development of coffee policy.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 9 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 7 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 75 countries
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Subjects *

  • Plant Life
    • Plants Yielding Stimulants
  • Amenities
    • Consumption
  • Commerce
    • Trade

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



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7. Mar 2019
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