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The International Vegetarian Union is a growing global network of independent organizations which are promoting vegetarianism worldwide.


The International Vegetarian Union (IVU) was founded in 1908 when the first World Vegetarian Congress was held in Dresden, Germany. The idea for IVU came from the French Vegetarian Society, the first Congress was organised internationally by the British Society and locally by the Dresden Society with support from the Deutsche Vegetarier-Bund. Since then a series of World Congresses have been held all around the world, and in 2008 IVU returned to Dresden for the Centenary 38th Congress. See the list on the right and full details at The History of IVU.


The aim of the IVU is to promote vegetarianism throughout the world. In order to achieve this aim the main objectives are:

  • To encourage the formation of local, national and regional vegetarian organisations, and co-operation between them.
  • To promote both World and Regional Vegetarian Congresses to publicise and develop interest in the vegetarian cause and to give opportunities for vegetarians to meet together.
  • To raise funds to support member societies wherever possible.
  • To encourage research into all aspects of vegetarianism and the collection and publication, in all media, of material on all aspects of vegetarianism, by IVU itself and by all member societies.
  • To represent the vegetarian cause on appropriate international bodies and to speak on behalf of the global cause when appropriate.

The affairs of IVU are governed by its members through General Meetings held at each World Vegetarian Congress and by email ballots. Between General Meetings the affairs of IVU are managed by the International Council, the members of which are elected at each Congress and appointed by Regional Organisations. Source: IVU