21st World Petroleum Congress

15 - 19 June, 2014, Moscow, Russia


The Organisation
World Petroleum Council Vision
The World Petroleum Congress
Mission, Values and Principles
Key Strategic Areas

The Organisation

The World Petroleum Council is the world's premier global oil and gas forum and is the only international organization representing all aspects of the petroleum sector. 2008 marked the 75th anniversary of the organization. The WPC was established in 1933 with the intent to promote the management of the world's petroleum resources for the benefit of mankind. The WPC's prime function is to catalyse and facilitate dialogue among stakeholders, both internal and external to the petroleum industry on key technical, social, environmental and management issues in order to contribute towards seeking solutions to those issues.

WPC Executive Committee
WPC Executive Committee 2008-2011

Accordingly the WPC does not have a formal position on issues but does act as a forum to bring together in dialogue the various sectors of society that have views on specific issues. WPC is a non-advocacy, non-political organisation and has accreditation as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) from the UN. The WPC is dedicated to the application of scientific advances in the oil and gas industries, to technology transfer and to the use of the world's petroleum resources for the benefit of all.

Headquartered in London, the World Petroleum Council includes over 60 member countries from around the world representing over 95% of global oil and gas production and consumption. WPC membership is unique as it includes both OPEC and Non-OPEC countries with representation of National Oil Companies (NOC's) as well as Independent Oil Companies (IOC's). Each country has a national committee made up from representatives of the oil and gas industry, academia and research institutions and government departments. Governing body is the Council consisting of representation from each of the country national committees.

Every three years the Council organises the World Petroleum Congress hosted by one of its member countries. The triennial Congress is also known as the "Olympics" of the petroleum industry and covers all aspects of the industry from technological advances in upstream and downstream operations to the role of natural gas and renewables, management of the industry and its social, economic and environmental impact. In addition, outside stakeholders such as governments, other industry sectors, NGOs and international institutions have also joined in the dialogue.

World Petroleum Council Vision

The WPC's core value and purpose, as stated in the Constitution, centres on sustaining and improving the lives of people throughout the world.

The World Petroleum Council's (WPC) main purpose is to catalyse and facilitate dialogue amongst internal and external stakeholders aimed at seeking solutions to key technical, social, environmental and management challenges in global energy issues for the benefit of mankind. In doing so, the WPC will contribute towards sustainable growth.

The WPC does not take a position on the key issues facing oil and gas; but it provides a forum where the solutions to key challenges can be addressed.

The World Petroleum Congress

congress_logo_smallEvery three years, the World Petroleum Council organizes the World Petroleum Congress as the principal meeting place for a global discussion of oil and gas issues. Following a twelve month campaign period, one of the candidate countries is selected by its fellow Council members to host the next World Petroleum Congress. Qatar will be the host of the 20th World Petroleum Congress in 2011 (www.20wpc.com)

2011 - 20th WPC, Doha 1979 – 10th WPC, Bucharest
2008 - 19th WPC, Madrid 1975 – 9th WPC, Tokyo
2005 – 18th WPC, Johannesburg 1971 – 8th WPC, Moscow
2002 – 17th WPC, Rio 1967 – 7th WPC, Mexico City
2000 – 16th WPC, Calgary 1963 – 6th WPC, Frankfurt
1997 – 15th WPC, Beijing 1959 – 5th WPC, New York
1994 – 14th WPC, Stavanger 1955 – 4th WPC, Rome
1991 – 13th WPC, Buenos Aires 1951 – 3rd WPC, The Hague
1987 – 12th WPC, Houston 1937 – 2nd WPC, Paris
1983 – 11th WPC, London  1933 – 1st WPC, London

Beyond the triennial Congress, the World Petroleum Council is regularly involved with a number of other meetings such as the WPC Youth Forum, the WPC-UN Global Compact Best Practice Forum a joint WPC / OPEC workshop on CO2 sequestration, reduction of methane flaring, opportunities for enhanced oil recovery, dispute resolution, calculating reserves and resources, regional integration and the oil, gas and infrastructure developments in Africa.

Mission, Values and Principles


The WPC is the only organisation representing the global oil and gas community. The Council's core value and purpose centres on sustaining and improving the lives of people around the world, through:

  • enhanced understanding of issues and challenges.
  • networking opportunities in a global forum.
  • co-operation (partnerships) with other organisations
  • an opportunity to showcase the industry and demonstrate best practise.
  • a forum for developing business opportunities.
  • information dissemination via congresses, reports, regional meetings and workshops.
  • initiatives for recruiting and retaining expertise and skills to the industry.
  • awareness of environmental issues, conservation of energy and sustainable solutions


The WPC values strongly:

  • Respect for individuals and cultures world wide
  • Unbiased and objective views
  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Good governance
  • A positive perception of energy from petroleum
  • Science and technology
  • The views of all stakeholders
  • And the management of the world's petroleum resources for the benefit of all


The WPC seeks to be identified with its mission and flexible enough so that it can embrace change and adapt to it. The WPC has to be:

  • pro-active and responsive to changes and not merely led by them
  • creative and visionary, so that we add value for all
  • challenging, so that our goals require effort to attain but are realistic and achievable
  • focused, so that our goals are clear and transparent
  • understandable to all

Key Strategic Areas

World Class Congress
to deliver a quality, premier world class oil and gas congress

Inter Congress Activities
to organise fora for cooperation and other activities on specific topics and to organise regional events of relevance to WPC members and all stakeholders

Co-operation eith other stakeholders
to add value by cooperating with other organisations to seek synergies and promote best practice.

to increase awareness, of WPC's activities, through enhanced communication, both internally and externally.

Global Representation
to attract and retain worldwide involvement in WPC.

Youth (and Gender) Engagement
to increase the participation of young people and women in oil and gas issues, including the establishment of a dedicated Youth Committee for the development of active networking opportunities with young people.

to create a central WPC legacy fund to benefit communities and individuals around the world based on WPC's mission


The Council is the governing body of the World Petroleum Council which convenes once a year. Its global membership elects the President and an Executive Committee every three years to develop and execute its strategy. The Council also selects the host country for the next World Petroleum Congress from the candidate countries. To ensure the scientific and topical quality of the event the Council elects a Congress Programme Committee whose members are responsible for delivering the high-level content for its Congresses.

The Secretariat of the World Petroleum Council is based in London, under the leaderhsip of the Director General and his dedicated team.


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