The International Conferences on Federalism were initiated in 1999 by the Forum of Federations with the first conference in Mt. Tremblant, Canada. This was followed by a second conference in 2002 in St. Gallen, Switzerland, a third in Brussels, Belgium, in 2005, a fourth in New Delhi, India, in 2007 and the fifth conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2010.
The international conferences on federalism are organized by the government of the host country in partnership with the Forum of Federations. These conferences provide a platform for practitioners and experts to share experiences on the challenges associated with operation of federal and federal-type systems and to learn from one another. The conferences, which reflect the culture and personality of the host country, foster a sense of community among participants and present an opportunity to network.
All previous conferences have had participation from the highest levels of government, including heads of state, heads of government, heads of constituent units, legislators, senior officials, as well as young professionals, academics, and private sector and non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives.