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5 July 2016
Upcoming International Congresses
Europe9th Plenary Meeting of the European Huntington's Disease Network, 16-18/09/16, The Hague +++ 18th Biennial Congress of the International Union of Food Science and Technology, 21-25/08/16, Dublin +++ 37th Annual Conference of the Nordic Health Economists Study Group, 17-19/08/16, Odense
Asia27th International Conference on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems of the International Council on Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems, 21-26/08/16, Kyoto +++8th World Congress of the World Congress of Herpetology Global Communication Network for Herpetologists, 15-21/08/16, Hangzhou +++ 14th Biennial Meeting of the Asian Pacific Society for Neurochemistry, 27-30/08/16, Kuala Lumpur
America32nd International Congress of the World Federation of Hemophilia, 24-28/07/16, Orlando FL +++ 71st Annual Congress of the Liga Medicorum Homoeopathica Internationalis, 24-27/08/16, Buenos Aires +++ 13th Congress of the Latin American Association for Groundwater Hydrology Development, 22-26/08/16, Mérida
Africa41st Annual Congress of the International Urogynecological Association, 02-06/08/16, Cape Town +++ 5th International Conference of the African Palliative Care Association, 16-19/08/16, Kampala +++ 35th Annual Meeting of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society, 02-07/08/16, Kasane
Pacific19th World Congress of the International Association of Dental Traumatology, 11-13/08/16, Brisbane +++ 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Aeromedical Society of Australasia, 24-26/08/16, Queenstown +++ 25th Annual Conference of the Pacific Power Association, 01-05/08/16, Nuku'alofa
The challenge of starting up an organization and engaging partners
by Octavio 'Bobby' Peralta, Secretary General, Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia & the Pacific (ADFIAP) and President & CEO, Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE)

"If managing an association is challenging enough, what more if you're starting a new one!", says Octavio "Bobby" Peralta in hindsight when he initiated the founding of the Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE)in 2013 and subsequently the Asia-Pacific Federation of Association Organizations (APFAO) in 2015.

"Laying the foundation of a new association requires three essential elements", Bobby continues. "I call them the '3Rs' of association-building. This is parallel to basic education building blocks which we learned when we were in grade school, the '3Rs' of reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic."

Expounds Bobby, "in association-building, these '3Rs' are relevance, relationships and resources. Relevance starts with purpose - knowing why your association does what it does, its 'reason for being'. An association needs to be very clear on its raison d'être so it can formulate its mission and vision and strategically plan ahead. To be relevant also means to answer the question of why members will join the association, because if there are no members, there is no association to speak of in the first place. To continue being relevant to members and other stakeholders is always going to be challenging."

"In the case of PCAAE, there was a gap to fill," recalls Bobby. Based on his 25 years (and counting) experience as an association executive, he says that there is no end to learning and innovating when it comes to association governance and management...

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Our right to knowledge

Joint publication. Download the summary of Our right to knowledge: Legal reviews for the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty for persons with print disabilities in Asia and the Pacific, a joint publication by the UN Development Programme and the World Blind Union – Asia Pacific.

Yearbook Online data refreshed

2,708 organizations. The Yearbook Online data have been refreshed again. 2,708 organization profiles have been edited since last update, 381 organization addresses changed, 68 new organization profiles added.
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Welcome Agenda Communication and Conference Services

New Associate Member. UIA welcomes Agenda Communication and Conference Services as a new Associate Member. Agenda Communication and Conference Services have 20 years experience in association management.
The right strategy for associations

Interview in CIM. Wolfgang Lietzau, chief executive of the German Society for Association Management (DGVM), on the social and political relevance of associations. Read the full interview about the strategy of associations here.

Why Vancouver?
Michael Drake, Director of Meeting & Convention Sales, International at Tourism Vancouver

Did you know?

+ Meetings and conventions held in Vancouver draw an average of 10 percent higher attendance than the previous year’s meeting.
+ Vancouver International Airport has earned Skytrax’s award for Best Airport in North America seven times in a row.
+ Tourism Vancouver’s Be a Host program is one of the first of its kind in the world.

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Seoul Convention Bureau
“Ready for change”

Around 15,800 associations are an important element of the convention culture in Germany. The 15th convention of German associations discussed the forces affecting and driving them.

Düsseldorf. Now in its 20th year, the Germany Society for Association Management (DGVM) joined up with its partners Verbändereport and Kölner Verbände Seminare to organise its 15th convention of German associations at the Maritim Hotel Düsseldorf. 235 participants, including 28 sponsors, came to the event on 25 and 26 April 2016, whose provocative slogan translates roughly as "On trial: the future viability of the association model"...
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Important conferences
UIA Round Table Asia-Pacific28-29/09/2016 BusanMore
UIA Round Table Europe03-04/11/2016 MonacoMore

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Number of the month

Africa. 6% of the offices of the currently active non-governmental organizations listed in the 53rd edition of theYearbook of International Organizations are in Africa, 10% are in Asia, 2% in Oceania, 22% in the Americas, and 60% in Europe. For intergovernmental organizations the figures are: 16% in Africa, 15% in Asia, 1% in Oceania, 21% in the Americas, and 47% in Europe.
New associations
Asian Nutrition Society for Sports and Health (ANSSH)
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Global Partnership for Emerging Leaders (GPEL)
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Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA)
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