The hand of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) extends – literally – around the globe. Today, an A.A. presence can be found in approximately 180 nations worldwide, with membership estimated at over two million. There are more than 118,000 A.A. groups around the world and A.A.’s literature has been translated into languages as diverse as Afrikaans, Arabic, Hindi, Nepali, Persian, Swahili, and Vietnamese, among many others.


F-150 - Alcoholics Anonymous World Service Meeting - Final Report

The World Service Meeting Final Report

Since its inauguration in 1969, the World Service Meeting (WSM) has provided an ongoing international forum for shared experience and ideas on carrying the A.A. message of recovery from alcoholism. Held biennially, the event alternates between New York and other locations around the globe, and has convened in such diverse cities as Cartagena, Colombia; Auckland, New Zealand; Oviedo, Spain; Malahide, Ireland; Mexico City, Mexico; and Warsaw, Poland. The 25th World Service Meeting is scheduled to be held in Durban, South Africa, in October 2018.

The primary purpose of the World Service Meeting is the same as that of all A.A. activity: to carry the message of recovery to the alcoholic who still suffers, wherever in the world he or she may be, whatever language he or she may speak. The World Service Meeting seeks ways and means of accomplishing this goal by serving as a forum for sharing the experience, strength, and hope of WSM delegates who come together every two years from all parts of the world. 

Described as a living and growing exchange of experience responding to the needs of A.A. worldwide, WSM sessions cover a broad range of issues pertinent to the development of A.A. in the participating countries.

A detailed report of the biennial World Service Meeting includes presentations, country service highlights, committee reports, reports of interim and zonal meetings and workshop reports.

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Note: The World Service Meeting Final Report is published in English and Spanish, which are the two official languages of the World Service Meeting. In accordance with World Service Meeting policy and practice the report is made available in English by the General Service Office of the U.S. and Canada and in Spanish by the General Service Office of Mexico.


A.A. Around the Globe A.A. Around the Globe

Brief history of the way A.A. members have helped spread the message around the world.


Country-to-Country Sponsorship: Carrying the A.A. Message Worldwide Country to Country Sponsorship: Carrying the A.A. Message Worldwide

Shared experience on carrying the A.A. message worldwide.


General Service Offices, Central Offices, Intergroups, and Answering Services Overseas General Service Offices, Central Offices, Intergroups, and Answering Services Overseas

Directory of international G.S.O.s and A.A. offices.


Literature in Other Languages
A.A. literature is translated into more than 90 languages, and these translations are printed for distribution to meet the needs of the Fellowship in the United States and Canada – and abroad. To explore literature available overseas, click here.

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