|Upcoming International Congresses|
by Nancy Carfrae, Coordinator, Associations Round Tables, Union of International Associations (UIA)
|UIA Associations Round Tables|
The UIA was founded in 1907 to document and promote the work of international associations, to provide information and education to international civil society actors. A century of documentation adds up to a lot of paper and ink. Ten years ago the UIA team lifted its collective head from its dusty desk and saw that, while information was present in abundance, education had been rather neglected of late. And so the UIA Associations Round Table was born. It celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.
It started in 2007, the first of our three years of centenary celebrations, with an academic session in the Natural History Museum in Brussels. Though dinosaurs were perhaps an ominous backdrop for a new project, the next two years saw the baby grow into a half-day event with an increasing number of international associations participating. In 2010, the end of our centenary celebrations, over 100 association representatives came and filled three quarters of a day with presentations and discussions. The venue that year is remembered as dark, cold and cavernous, but that too was not indicative of the baby’s future: by 2012 we were welcoming 200 participants for a full-day programme characterised by bright ideas, warm connections, and inspiring talk...
|Welcome Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre|
New Associate Member. UIA welcomes Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre. With a total of 100,000sqm of column-free indoor and outdoor space available, Singapore EXPO is the venue of choice for any MICE activities and events in Singapore. From exhibitions, consumer shows, corporate meetings, world-class conventions, prestigious award ceremonies, mega concerts to gala banquets. Annually, it welcomes more than 8 million visitors and 800 events.
|Welcome Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp|
New Associate Member.UIA welcomes Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp. The new Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp combines the best of both worlds. The latest equipment is integrated with the splendid, authentic facade and rooms which have existed for many decades. The newly constructed building offers a wide range of technical facilities which guarantee optimum visitor comfort and audio-visual quality for visitors of conventions and meetings.
|United Nations Global Sustainable Development Report|
Report. Understanding of the scientific basis for action will be needed to achieve the ambitious and transformative goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, according to the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). It is a United Nations publication aiming to strengthen the science-policy interface at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. The approach will be that of an assessment of assessments, documenting and describing the landscape of information on specific issues.
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|Laurence Papouchado, Deputy Director of Monaco Convention Bureau|
Did you know?
+ Need a venue? We offer you a country nestled in the heart of Europe, less than two hours by air from all major European cities.
+ Destination offering both glamour and knowledge, Monaco is a hard working "city-nation" and a highly diversified economic platform. The leading business sectors are healthcare, banking and finance, high tech, tourism, international trade, shipping and real estate.
+ With a calendar of more than 500 business events per year, Monaco is strengthening its position as a destination for events. Prices are reasonable in this safe state, the climate is sunny even in winter and the Principality's image is strong and dynamic.
|Christian Mutschlechner receives Lifetime Achievement Award|
|ibtm world. Christian Mutschlechner, Director of the Vienna Convention Bureau, has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the meetings and events industry during the Meetings Leadership Summit at ibtm world. Mutschlechner’s career in the sector has spanned nearly 40 years. He started as a volunteer for congresses back in 1977, moving swiftly into the PCO world at Interconvention. In 1985 Christian joined the Vienna Tourist Board and became Deputy Director of Sales and Promotions.|
In 1991 the Vienna Convention Bureau became a separate department in the Vienna Tourist Board and Christian Mutschlechner became its Director, he started to re-engineer the Vienna Convention Bureau and today he leads a team of 11 people and has gained an international reputation as one of the industry’s international role models for leadership of a Convention Bureau...
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|5th Round Table Asia-Pacific||21-22/09/2017 Chiang Mai, Thailand||More|
|Best Of Events International||18-19/01/2017 Dortmund||More|
Brussels. According to the 57th edition (published June 2016) of the UIA International Meetings Statistics Report, the ten most popular countries hosted half of all the world’s international association meetings in 2015: USA (8.1% of the world’s association meetings in 2015), South Korea (7.2%), Belgium (6.7%), Singapore (5.9%), France (4.5%), Germany and Japan (4.0% each), Spain (3.8%), Italy (3.5%), and the UK (3.2%).