Union of International Associations (UIA)

Union des associations internationales (UAI)
Unión de Asociaciones Internacionales
Union der Internationalen Verbände
Unie van de Internationale Verenigingen

Contact Details

Main address: SG: Jacques de Mévius
UIA Secretariat, Rue Washington 40 B-1050, Brussels, Belgium
Tel: (32 2) 640 18 08
Email: uia (at) uia.org

Pres/UN Representative: Cyril Ritchie
CIC Case 20 CH-1211 20, Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: (41 22) 733 67 17
Fax: (41 22) 734 70 82

URL: Représentant de l'ONU http://www.uia.org/



Founded 1 June 1907, Brussels (Belgium), as Central Office of International Associations -- Office central des institutions internationales, by Henri La Fontaine (Nobel Peace Prize 1913) and Paul Otlet, Secretary-General of the then 'International Institute of Bibliography -- Institut international de bibliographie', set up 2 Sep 1895, Brussels, currently International Federation for Information and Documentation (FID), with which activities were closely associated. Officially founded under patronage of the Belgian government on 29 Jan 1908. Became a federation under present name in 1910, at 1st World Congress of International Organizations. Statutes adopted 1908; modified 1910, 1951, 1955, 1965, 1986, 2007. Worked closely with International Institute for Peace, Monaco, which had been set up in 1903 and produced the 1905, 1906 and 1907 editions of the Annuaire de la Vie internationale; collaborated with the Institute on the 1908-1909 edition of this publication, which subsequently evolved into the Yearbook of International Organizations. The work of the UIA contributed to the creation, 10 Jan 1920, of League of Nations (SDN), and, 9 Aug 1925, of International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation (IICI). During the 1920s, the UIA created International University. Registered by Belgian Royal Decree, 2 July 1920.


As a platform for global civil society cooperation, collaborate with, provide services to and promote international associations.


2023 Brussels, Belgium – Associations Round Table - Europe
2022 Rotterdam, Netherlands – Associations Round Table - Europe
2021 Brussels, Belgium – Associations Round Table - Europe
2020 Prague, Czech Rep – Associations Round Table - Europe
2020 Seoul, Korea Rep – Associations Round Table - Asia Pacific
2020 Brussels, Belgium – EAS : European Association Summit
2019 Brussels, Belgium – Associations Round Table - Europe
2019 Pattaya, Thailand – Associations Round Table - Asia Pacific
2019 Brussels, Belgium – General Assembly
2019 Brussels, Belgium – EAS : European Association Summit
2018 Lyon, France – Associations Round Table - Europe
2018 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Associations Round Table - Asia Pacific
2018 Brussels, Belgium – General Assembly
2018 Brussels, Belgium – EAS : European Association Summit
2017 Brussels, Belgium – Associations Round Table - Europe

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Knowledge management/information dissemination; research/documentation; events/meetings; networking/liaising; advocacy/lobbying/activism. Promoted an international convention on the legal status of international associations which resulted in the signature at the Council of Europe, 1986, of European Convention on the Recognition of the Legal Personality of International Non-Governmental Organisations.


General Assembly (every 2 years); Executive Council, consisting of 15 to 21 members including President, 3 Vice-Presidents, Secretary-General, Treasurer.


English, French.


9 FTE, paid; 2 voluntary.


Members' dues. Other sources: sale of publications; research and service contracts. Annual budget: about euro 550,000.

Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Associate Status); International Labour Organization (ILO) (Special List). Special Resolution of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, 20 July 1950, established cooperation between the United Nations and the Union of International Associations for publication of 'Yearbook of International Organizations'.

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Cooperates in specific fields with: Council of Europe (CE); UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UN Environment WCMC). Contact with: European Commission (EC), especially Information Society DG (1997-2000). Associated with Department of Global Communications of the United Nations.

Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Contact maintained with all international nongovernmental organizations eligible for inclusion in the 'Yearbook of International Organizations'. Proposed, 1949, the setting up of a International Service Centre for and about Nongovernmental Organizations, which never materialized as such but whose functions are in part fulfilled by International Association Centre (MAI), which UIA was instrumental in setting up, 20 Aug 1982, Brussels (Belgium). Special links with: Federation of European and International Associations Established in Belgium (FAIB); Federation of International Institutions based in Geneva (FIIG); International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO); conferences of consultative status nongovernmental organizations; bodies using the Union's secretariat facilities; those with which it has co-editing or co-publishing arrangements and with Associate Members. Associate Member of: Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC). Member of: Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO); International Conference of NGOs. Links with: Mundaneum.


World of Associations News - electronic newsletter (12 a year); International Congress Calendar (4 a year). Yearbook of International Organizations 55th ed (2018) - in 6 vols; Organization Descriptions and Cross References; International Organization Participation; Global Action Networks; International Organization Publications; Statistics, Visualizations and Patterns; Global City Society and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential - in 3 vols (4th ed 1994). Specialized directories: World Guide to Logotypes, Emblems and Trademarks of International Organizations (1997); World Guide to Religious and Spiritual Organizations (1996); International Biographical Dictionary of Religion (1994); International Association Statutes Series (1986); African International Organization Directory and African Participation in Other International Organizations (1984); Arab, Islamic International Organization Directory and Arab and Islamic Participation in Other International Organizations (1984); International Organization Abbreviations and Addresses (1984); Intergovernmental Organization Directory (1984). Annuaire des organisations internationales (4th ed 1980); Yearbook of International Congress Proceedings (2nd ed 1962-69); Documents for the Study of International Non-Governmental Relations (20 vols issued); International Congress Science Series in 12 vols, in English, French; World Forum Proceedings: from international to transnational (1983); The Identity of African Associations and the Participation of NGOs in Development in the Context of a New World Order (1985).

Information Services

International Congress Calendar Online; Yearbook of International Organizations Online; Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential Online. All online databases are interlinked.


Active: individuals, limited to 250 and subject to election by General Assembly. Currently 86 individuals in 28 countries:

 • Africa: Kenya, Mauritania, Tunisia.

 • Americas: Brazil, Canada, Chile, Peru, USA.

 • Asia: India, Japan, Korea Rep, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam.

 • Australia: Australia.

 • Europe: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine.

Associate (71): corporate bodies or individuals interested in the aims and activities of the UIA and wishing to associate themselves with its work by payment of an annual membership fee. Subject to approval by the Executive Council. Includes 2 organizations listed in this Yearbook: European Cities Marketing (ECM); International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

Members in 28 countries

Type I Classification

F: Organizations having a special form, including foundations and funds

Type II Classification

y: With international organizations as members

Subjects *

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



Last News Received

30. Apr 2019
* Subject classification is derived from the organization names and aims.
** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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