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UIA Associations Round Tables 2018

Lyon Convention Centre, France

The UIA cordially invites you to its Associations Round Table Europe 2018.

For over 100 years the UIA has been working to promote and facilitate the work of international associations.

The UIA Associations Round Table is an opportunity to learn through networking and through practice:

  • meet representatives of other international associations and share experience and knowledge
  • gain practical skills and tools to help you do your work better

This year the Round Table Europe will take place Thursday 15 and Friday 16 November 2018 at the Lyon Convention Centre, Lyon, France.

Programme: Presentations by peers working in international associations on common challenges, with small group discussions to ask in-depth questions and to share and exchange knowledge and experience. An overview of the programme is below. For full details, please see the Round Table website (

Registration fee: 55 euros. Thanks to the support of our partners, especially Lyon Convention Bureau , Lyon for Events, the Lyon Convention Centre , and Gyeonggi MICE Bureau, we are able to offer a high-level educational programme for a low fee. All other elements of the programme are complimentary. Delegates are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and expenses. Note this! The first 20 registrations are free! With thanks to the Gyeonggi MICE Bureau.

Who is invited? People working in and with (international) associations. We expect about 120 participants.

How to register: (1) Go to (2) Click on “register now” for Round Table Europe (3) Fill in your username G9586 (4) Fill in your password NBMXOLUJ. You can use this to register up to two delegates; each of your delegates will need to log in and register separately. Should you wish to send more than two delegates, please contact us.

Who is UIA? UIA - Union of International Associations - is a research institute founded in 1907 to promote and document the work of international associations. Its primary task is the collection and dissemination of information on international associations, fulfilled largely by its two main publications: the Yearbook of International Organizations, and the International Congress Calendar. The UIA also promotes the work of international associations by organizing educational activities, such as the Round Table. It is the only activity for which UIA charges a - nominal - fee.

For over 100 years the UIA has been working to promote and document the work of international associations. We look forward to welcoming you at our Round Tables this year.
Cordially, Nancy Carfrae Coordinator, UIA Associations Round Table

PS. When you log in, you will see that you are also invited to check your association’s profile in the Yearbook of International Organizations, and to respond to UIA’s survey on meetings issues.

Thursday 15 November

  • 09.00-12.00 optional tours of Lyon
  • 12.00-13.30 Lunch
  • 13.30-15.00 Opening keynote on the role of international organizations today – presented by UIA President Cyril Ritchie Panel of speakers: What influence does your association have on society? What external factors impact/influence your association’s work? Followed by round table discussions
  • 15.00-15.30 refreshments
  • 15.30-17.00 Case studies: associations share their experience in meeting challenges 1. Sustainable and accountable - presented by David Pritchett, Senior Manager, AccountAbility 2. Measuring global progress in education: what to count and why - presented by Paulina Korsnakova, Senior Research and Liaison Advisor, International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement - IEA 3. Identification and building up partnerships for project: experience from the field and lessons learnt - presented by Philippe Garnier, Head of Habitat programme, CRAterre

evening Reception at the Lyon Hôtel de Ville, followed by a gala dinner at a special location

Friday 16 November

  • 09.30-11.00 Case studies: associations share their experience in meeting challenges 4. Getting accredited by UN bodies: why do it, how to do it, and what are the consequences - presented by Cyril Ritchie, President of UIA and First Vice-President of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations CoNGO 5. Inclusion, diversity and membership - presented by Deryck Browne, CEO, African Health Policy Network - AHPN 6. The role of food at association events - presented by Christian Best, Food and Beverage Manager, Lyon Convention Centre
  • 11.00-11.30 refreshments
  • 11.30-13.00 Closing keynote “Building bridges in the global village” - presented by Isabel Amaral
  • 13.00-14.00 Lunch
  • 14.30-17.00 optional tours of Lyon