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General Assembly

It’s made up of all IOPD members and it’s the sovereign body of the organization.

It’s made up of the Presidency, the General Secretary and the promoters. It leads the IOPD in the assemblies period.


The presidency is composed of two co-presidents: the political person in charge of the city that organized the conference in the current year, and the political person in charge of the city who organized the conference in the previous year. The main role of the incoming co-chair is to organize the annual conference.

General Secretary

A local government which is an IOPD member holds it for a 3-year-period and it is renewable and it comprises the IOPD Technical Secretary. Its functions are, on the one hand, to manage the IOPD webpage, the experiences bank, the resources bank, the activities calendar and the news section; and on the other hand, to coordinate the IOPD activities, the different Regional Offices, and to represent the IOPD before various authorities it has links with. Currently and from its origin the city of Barcelona holds the general secretariat.

Promoters Members

Any local or regional governments that make a substantial financial contribution to the IOPD and are part of the steering committee. The IOPD’s promoters members are: the city of Grenoble (France), the city of Montreal (Canada) and the city of Valongo (Portugal).

Regional Offices

Offices responsible for the IOPD in a specific geographical area. Their functions are to represent IOPD, to look for new members and to forge alliances with regional organizations.

There are currently these Regional Offices:


Jean-Marc Yacé (Cocody)


Clara Brugada (Iztapalapa)

General Secretary

Marc Serra