The International Congress Calendar

A resource of over 470,000 meetings of international organizations

Overview

The International Congress Calendar includes over 470,000 meetings and events organized or sponsored by Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGOs) working worldwide. The Calendar covers meetings from 1851 to 2030, over 6,000 of which are future meetings. Also included are national meetings with a large international participation.

Information on all meetings is edited by an editorial staff and presented in a standardized format to facilitate comparison and statistical analysis.

The meetings data compiled by the UIA is analyzed in great detail in its Annual International Meetings Statistics Report.

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Number of events 470,000+ 6,000+
Past events
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Update frequency Every 4-6 weeks Every 4-6 weeks
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Name of event
Name of organizer
City where event takes place
Country where event takes place
Event date
Subject
Participant numbers
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An IGO is an organization composed primarily of sovereign states, or of other intergovernmental organizations. IGOs are established by treaty or other agreement that acts as a charter creating the group. Examples include the United Nations, the World Bank, or the European Union.

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) defines an INGO as "any organization which is not established by inter-governmental agreement" (Resolution 288 (X) the 27th February 1950), "including organizations which accept members designated by government authorities, provided that such membership does not interfere with the free expression of views of the organizations" (Resolution 1296 (XLV) of 25th June 1968).

Online Edition

Features and Benefits

  • Complete access to the whole database of over 470,000 events
  • Simple and advanced search options
  • “Saved Searches” feature
  • Data export for up to 500 search results in XLS, CSV or TXT formats
  • Updated every 6-8 weeks
  • Over 6,000 future meetings added each year
  • Documentation and user guide
  • Hyperlinks between organization profiles and meeting profiles (with a combination subscription to the Yearbook of International Organizations Online)

Content

Current Events Section

Provides a quick glance at 100 current and upcoming meetings listed in the database.

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Home screen


Search Events Section

Profiles of over 470,000 events, over 6,000 of which are future international meetings, organized or sponsored by international non-profit organizations and associations working worldwide. The database covers meetings from 1851 to 2030.


Geography Section

Find meetings, using a drill down method, by the world region, country and city in which the event takes place.

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Sample drilldown


Subjects Section

Find meetings by subject of activity of the organizing association, using a drill down method based on UIA's Subject Matrix.


The International Congress Calendar was published in PDF from 2005 to 2017. For more information, please contact us.

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Home screen - Drill down by world region


Drill down by country


Drill down by city




Home screen and Subject matrix - Drill down by subject in Level One of the subject matrix


Drill down by Level Two sub-categories of the subject matrix


Drill down by Level Three of the subject matrix




Classified Subject Guide and Index

The subject index groups together international organizations which have similar concerns.

The subject index is based on words taken directly from the titles and profiles of international organizations.(*) The words are classified into subject categories and sub-categories. It is possible to search the index using individual words, subject categories, and sub-categories.

There are 100 subject categories. They are structured into a matrix of ten rows by ten columns, resulting in 100 cells. Each of these 100 cells represents a subject category and is titled accordingly. For example, cell "06" (row 0, column 6) is titled "Hydrology", while cell "60" (row 6, column 0) is titled "Development".

Each cell is futher divided into at most ten sub-cells. For example, the "Hydrology" cell is divided into three: "Hydrology", "Rivers and Lakes", and "Water". The "Development" cell is divided into nine: "Aid", "Assistance", "Development", "Empowerment", "Help", "Potential", "Progress", "Reform", and "Sustainable Development".

Each sub-cell covers an infinite number of words in a multiplicity of languages. These are the words taken directly from the titles and profiles of international organizations. For example, the sub-cell "Rivers and Lakes" covers, at the moment, 50 words, including: "inland waters", "pond", "tributaries", "fleuves", "ozera" and "ríos". The sub-cell "Sustainable Development" covers, at the moment, 39 words, including: "renewable", "sustainability", "unsustainably", "soutenable", "sostenibilidad", and "nachhaltige".

You can search the subject index by an individual word by typing the word into the search box. Your results will be all the organizations containing(*) a word classified under the same (sub-)category as the word you requested. For example, if you search for "tributaries", your results will be all the organizations containing(*) one or more of the words classified under "Rivers and Lakes". If you search for "sostenibilidad", your results will be all the organizations containing(*) one or more of the words classified under "Sustainable Development".

You can search the index by subject category or by sub-category. We recommend you start such a search by clicking a cell in the matrix. Your results will be all the organizations containing(*) a word classified under the (sub-)category you have selected. For example, if you select the category "Development", your results will be all the organizations containing(*) one or more of the words classified under the category "Development" and its sub-categories. If you select the sub-category "Sustainable Development", your results will be all the organizations containing(*) one or more of the words classified under the sub-category "Sustainable Development".


(*) The words used for the subject index are the words in the titles of organizations (in all languages), and selected keywords marked in the paragraph "Aims".


What are the sources of information in the Calendar?

Compiling information for the International Congress Calendar involves a year-round process of research and editing. Proofs of organization descriptions which include meetings entries are sent out by post, email and fax for the organizations themselves to correct. The average response rate is 35%, ensuring highly reliable information. Priority is normally given to information received from the organizations themselves, and every effort is made by the editors to check this information against other sources.

Proofs are supplemented with information from websites, annual reports, newsletters and other documents.

What information do Calendar event profiles contain?

Content

The meetings profiled are the key regional and multi-continental meetings of Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and International Nongovernmental Organizations (INGOs) worldwide. Also included are national meetings with a large international participation.

Meeting entries include the following information (when available):

  • Meeting name
  • Dates
  • Theme of the event
  • Location - cities and countries
  • Organizer names
  • Contact addresses, telephone, telex and fax numbers, e-mail addresses and website URLs
  • International organization contact details
  • Participant numbers
  • Associated exhibition (if any)

An IGO is an organization composed primarily of sovereign states, or of other intergovernmental organizations. IGOs are established by treaty or other agreement that acts as a charter creating the group. Examples include the United Nations, the World Bank, or the European Union.

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) defines an INGO as "any organization which is not established by inter-governmental agreement" (Resolution 288 (X) the 27th February 1950), "including organizations which accept members designated by government authorities, provided that such membership does not interfere with the free expression of views of the organizations" (Resolution 1296 (XLV) of 25th June 1968).

Are there other resources on meetings in addition to the Calendar?

The meetings data compiled by the UIA is analyzed in great detail in an extensive annual report (International Meetings Statistics) provided to UIA Associate Members as part of their subscription. This statistical review is also available to the general public three months after it has been released to the Associate Members.

How can I contribute information?

You may have information that you wish to make the UIA aware of, including but not limited to:

  • New international organizations
  • Conferences and meetings
  • Amendments or additions to current profiles

As the editors cannot possibly keep track of all the information available on international organizations however hard they try, any information of this kind is very welcome. You can submit new organizations and meetings for consideration via the following:

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