December 2021


Resounding success for UIA Round Tables

By Clara Fernández López, External Relations Manager, Union of International Associations (UIA) and Member of the Executive Board of the...

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UK sporting venues that will lead your next events to victory


For many, sport is a common language that is able to transcend barriers – and for organisers of Meetings and Conferences, sporting venues can afford Associations a setting that not only inspires but allows delegates to draw on rich history, triumph and pride.

As we look encouragingly towards the future of events, we’ve created a rundown of sporting venues across the UK that have rightly claimed their place in the sporting history books. Read more...

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Boost performance and impact of your association

Education. Solvay Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce the 2022 edition of the Executive Master in International Association Management, co-run with the European Society of Association Executives (ESAE), the Federation of European and International Associations (FAIB), the Union of International Associations (UIA) and VisitBrussels.

The Executive Master in International Association Management is specifically designed for association professionals expected to take on wider responsibilities, grow within their respective organisation or to lead and ensure sustainable growth of their associations. This Master course provides a targeted, pragmatic and action-oriented curriculum focusing on the specific challenges facing the association sector in today's economy. It empowers the participants to develop into efficient and effective leaders with a keen understanding of the economic, managerial and political landscape as well as practical skills in management of international associations.

If you would like to receive information about the next session of the Master, which will begin in January 2022:

• Visit the programme website and download the programme brochure.

AVAILABLE ONLINE – Report of the UIA Survey 2021 – COVID 19 Impact on International Association Meetings

Impact on meetings behavior. The Union of International Associations (UIA) is pleased to present the report of the 2021 Survey on International Meetings Issues. The COVID 19 pandemic has a tremendous impact on the global travel and meetings industry and on the meetings behaviour of international associations. This special UIA Survey 2021 ­­– COVID 19 Impact on International Association Meetings focuses on the changed approach of associations, when planning and organizing their international events.

The 2021 Report is now freely available to the public on the UIA’s website.

This 2021 Survey was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Seoul Tourism Organization, Polish Tourism Organisation - Poland Convention Bureau and VisitBritain.

For the next edition of the Survey, which will be launched in 2022, we will continue to explore and evaluate how international associations have reacted to the challenges of the global pandemic.

For more information, please contact Clara Fernández López:

UIA Welcomes New Associate Member: Investment and Development Agency of Riga

Associate Member. The UIA is delighted to welcome its newest Associate Member Investment and Development Agency of Riga (LIVE RIGA).

The main goal of LIVE RIGA is to ensure sustainable and transparent investment and tourism promotion globally by serving as the single point of contact for any external interested parties, including investors, companies, tourists, and residents alike; to provide information, solve bottlenecks and ensure a thriving and sustainable environment for business development, thereby supporting the existing investment projects as well as attracting new ones, boosting tourism development and international recognition of Riga.

In a time of modern challenges, LIVE RIGA is a brave step towards new types of open and creative relationships between citizens, businesses and tourists.

For more details on UIA Associate Membership, visit the UIA website or contact

UIA Round Tables: Sign Up for Outreach, Mutual Learning, and More!

Education and Networking. The UIA Association Round Tables promote, facilitate and enable expanded dynamism in the work of international associations. In each of their varied and attractive locations, the Round Tables focus on structured training, educational and networking opportunities. They are famous for opening up the mind and the senses to local cultural events; they invariably provide outstanding food and beverage experiences.

The Round Tables bring association participants into friendly and productive contact with Convention Bureaux and with leaders of significant international institutions.

Save the date

15th UIA Associations Round Table – Brussels
Friday 20 May 2022
Brussels, Belgium – Marriott Grand Place

Questions about the Round Tables, or about joining us as a partner?

We are happy to hear from you!
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Why Brussels?

By Elisabeth Van Ingelgem, Director Strategy & International Development,

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"We'll keep our community safe"

Interview with Celina Renner, Senior Manager, Congress at the International Diabetes Federation, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium

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Spotlight on associations

School Meals Coalition

Artists for Conservation (AFC)

Reconstructing Women International (RWI)

Convention Highlights – going hybrid!

38th Conference of the International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics (ICAPE)
12-14 January 2022, Warsaw (Poland)

10th Biennial Conference of the International Biogeography Society (IBS)
8-12 January 2022, Vancouver, Canada

UIA Management News

Following the holding in June 2021 of UIA Assembly and Council Meetings, the following are the Officers of UIA for the period 2021-2023:

President: Cyril Ritchie
Vice Presidents: Dragana Avramov, Marilyn Mehlmann, Danièle Vranken
Treasurer: Seya Immonen
Secretary General: Jacques de Mévius

Number of the month

Partnering for Development. With over 50 years of experience in development cooperation on all continents and at all stages of development, the International Labour Organization (ILO) today has a bigger portfolio than ever with some 700 active programmes and projects in more than 100 countries – with the support of 120 development partners.

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