December 2022


UIA Round Tables 2022 in Europe

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

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SAVE THE DATES UIA Associations Round Tables

Learn, share, connect. For over a century the Union of International Associations (UIA) has been working to promote and facilitate the work of international associations. Since 2007, the annual UIA Associations Round Tables have given associations an opportunity to learn through networking and through practice.

The UIA Associations 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 give the opportunity to representatives of international associations to network with colleagues from other associations and countries and to share - through workshops and discussion groups - their experiences in meeting challenges in communication issues, strategy and governance, finding partners for their goals and more.

We look forward to welcoming you to:

•     the 17th UIA Associations Round Table Europe - Brussels
24 November 2023 in Brussels, Belgium – Marriott Grand Place

•     the 18th UIA Associations Round Table Europe - Florence
14 & 15 November 2024 in Florence, Italy

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

We are happy to hear from you!
Clara Fernández López:

Download info sheet .

Solvay Executive Master in International Association Management

Education. Solvay Executive Master in International Association Management resumes for the seventh year in April 2023. The objective of the 16-day executive master course is to enhance the leadership, strategic planning and management skills of Europe’s top association professionals and to highlight the best practices across the association sector. It is taught by Solvay academics and features regular interventions from prominent association executives sharing their insights and expertise.

“We bring together association leaders and challenge them to think differently about themselves, their people and the path forward. It is a discovery of new mindsets, tools and techniques that bring them an energy and confidence to lead change.”     Susan West, Module Leadership & Change

The Executive Master is operated by the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in cooperation with European Society of Association Executives (ESAE), the Union of International Associations (UIA), the Federation of European and International Associations (FAIB) and Visit Brussels. It is a unique platform for exploring the fundamental skills in key management areas with a special focus on the association executives' needs.

Next edition: April 2023
Duration: April to December 2023
Format: 16 days, 6 modules of 2 or 3 full days
More info on our webpage

Contact & Registrations:
Programme Manager: Yixia XIA
Tel: +32 2 894 17 12

AVAILABLE ONLINE – Report of the UIA Survey 2022 – COVID 19 Impact on International Association Meetings

Impact on meetings behaviour. The Union of International Associations (UIA) is pleased to present the report of the 2022 Survey on International Meetings Issues . The COVID 19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on the global travel and meetings industry and on the meetings behaviour of international associations. This UIA Survey on International Meetings Issues – 2022 (continued COVID 19 Impact on International Association Meetings) focuses on the changed approach of associations, when planning and organizing their international events.

The 2022 Report is now freely available to the public on the UIA’s website .

This 2022 Survey was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: Seoul Tourism Organization , Kraków Convention Bureau and Rotterdam Partners .

For the next edition of the Survey, which will be launched in 2023, 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:

World of Associations News - Moving on!

UIA Newsletter . We are pleased to tell you that next year this newsletter will be published by the UIA alone. UIA offers its warmest thanks to CIM and its staff for these years of partnership and cooperation between our two organizations, together bringing information to all involved in associations and congresses. The publication will continue to come to you with news of current interest to you, our readers.

In 2023 UIA plans to bring you seven issues during the year, with a focus on our publications, services and activities supporting associations, and on promoting contact with the providers they need.  The popular series ‘Why this city?’ will continue, with companion articles to highlight aspects of association and conference life.  Toolboxes will announce new developments, while our list of upcoming congresses across the regions of the world will give a glimpse of the extraordinary range of events and their venues, taken from our constantly updated and expanded Congress Calendar.  We shall feature networks, partners, associations new and old – the UIA’s Yearbook and Global Civil Society Database are brimming with information to share.  And if you have news, share it with us.

Our next issue will be in February, do join us in our venture.

“Organizing an event on-site gives great satisfaction”

Interview with Dr Anna Wałek, president of the International Association of University Libraries

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Why Dubai?

By Steen Jakobsen, Association Vice President, Dubai Business Events

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Spotlight on associations

Make a Wish Foundation International

American Literature Association (ALA)

World Federation for Animals (WFA)

Convention Highlights

7th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism
12-15 December 2022, Nara, Japan

20th International Conference on Renewable Mobility
23-24 January 2023, Berlin, Germany

Number of the month

According to UNESCO’s publication Transforming for the future , 771 million young people and adults lack basic literacy skills, two-thirds of them women.

UNESCO’s Education Sector provides global and regional leadership to ensure every child and citizen has access to quality education from pre-school to higher and throughout life while keeping two priorities, Africa and Gender , sharply in focus.

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