The International Coconut Community (ICC) is an intergovernmental organization of coconut producing countries organized in 1969 under the aegis of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP). The ICC Secretariat is located in Jakarta, Indonesia and is headed by an Executive Director.
ICC has 18 coconut producing member countries accounting for over 90 percent of world coconut production and exports of coconut products. The ICC member countries include eight Asian countries and nine Pacific countries: Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Kiribati, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu, Vietnam and Timor Leste. Jamaica and Kenya are associate member countries of the ICC. Membership to the Community is open to all coconut producing countries, with the unanimous consent of the existing members and by acceding to the agreement establishing the Coconut Community.
The representatives of member countries hold the office of the Chairman. Each Chairman holds the office for one year. The Community carries out its functions through its Secretariat based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The ICC Secretariat is regulated by the Government of Indonesia and is headed by the Executive Director appointed for a stipulated period at the Session of the Community.
For executing its functions, the ICC Secretariat coordinates with member countries through a network of National Liaison Officers (NLOs) whose responsibilities include the development of the coconut industry and national focal points that deal with coconut in their respective countries.
ICC maintains close contacts with the United Nations bodies and the UN-ESCAP as well as the international institutions such as ACIAR, SPC, CGIAR, Bioversity International, ITC and others to be able to exercise its functions.