June 2022


“Technology and Challenges for Think Tanks”

By Glen Hodgson, CEO and Founder of Free Trade Europa

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Take part in the UIA Survey on International Meeting Issues – 2022 (continued COVID 19 Impact on International Association Meetings)

Impact on meetings behavior. The Union of International Associations (UIA) invites you to participate in its special COVID 19 Impact Survey.

The COVID 19 pandemic has a tremendous impact on the global travel and meetings industry and on the meetings behaviour of international associations. The UIA Survey on International Meeting Issues – 2022 - (continued COVID 19 Impact on International Association Meetings) will continue to explore the changed approach of associations, when planning and organizing their international events. The Survey has 19 questions, 15 of these with multiple choice answers, and takes about 10 minutes to complete. You will be able to choose the language of the Survey: English, French or Spanish.

All participants will receive a PDF of the final report.

For more information on this project please visit https://uia.org/publications/meetings-survey

For the UIA Survey 2022 and the Report the UIA is being supported by its sponsors: Seoul Tourism Organization and and Kraków Convention Bureau.

•    Complete the survey
•    Répondre à l’enquête
•    Complete esta encuesta

Read full press release:

•    English
•    French
•    Spanish

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Clara Fernández López: clara@uia.org

International Meetings Statistics Report, 63rd edition available to UIA Associate Members and to associations end of June

Rankings & Trends. The Report provides two views of a sector now facing multiple challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic; data for meetings in the year 2019 are presented in full, the “last good year” before the crisis, in addition to an analysis of what took place in 2020 and in 2021.

Download 62nd Edition Press Release
Look inside 62nd Edition
For more information and for non-members to order: https://uia.org/publications/meetings-stats

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.

Join us!
16th UIA Associations Round Table Europe – Rotterdam
24 & 25 November 2022, Rotterdam, Netherlands – Postillion Convention Center Rotterdam – WTC

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

We are happy to hear from you!
Clara Fernández López: clara@uia.org

UIA Yearbook highlights UN SDGs

Sustainability. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals which cover social and economic development issues, and are set by the United Nations General Assembly, involving the entire United Nations System.

There can be no question as to the relevance of the new topic. The SDGs are informed by and in turn inform all global civil society actors. The Yearbook of International Organizations Volume 6 on Global Civil Society and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals looks at the link between these international associations and the SDGs. Which of the SDGs concern them? With which SDGs should they be concerned? What communities of international bodies form around each of the SDGs?

By producing this innovative Yearbook Volume, the UIA is putting its extensive research and information capacities at the further service of the global civil society community and of the UN System, contributing thus in its specialist domain to the broader implementation of the SDGs.

Find out more: https://uia.org/s/sdg/en/


“Let’s keep striving for the right balance”

Interview with Prof. Dr. Marc Coppens, President of the Belgian Association of Ambulatory Surgery

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Why Bruges?

Jasmine Kestens, Sales Manager Stad Brugge Visit Bruges Convention Bureau

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Spotlight on associations

Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (RADLD)

Borneo Orangutan Survival International (BOS International)

Nordic Respiratory Academy (NORA)

Convention Highlights

World Meeting of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA)
26 June – 1 July 2022, Montréal QC, Canada

World Urban Forum of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
26-30 June 2022, Katowice, Poland


Number of the month

Around 320 organizations from more than 110 countries are members of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA).

The ICA’s members are international and national cooperative organizations from all sectors of the economy, including agriculture, banking, consumer, fisheries, health, housing, insurance, and industry and services.
The International Cooperative Alliance unites, represents and serves cooperatives worldwide.

Founded in 1895, it is one of the oldest non-governmental organizations.

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