Geneva International Association Forum moves into November 2020

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Geneva International Association Forum moves into November 2020

The Geneva International Association Forum, launched by the ASSOCIATIONWORLD Foundation, in collaboration with the Geneva Convention Bureau and Congrex Switzerland earlier this year and which had been scheduled for 16-17 September, has now been moved forward to 5-6 November 2020.

Organisers hope the two-day event will still be able to bring together representatives of international and European associations, non-profit organisations, federations, professional societies, NGO’s and universities in person for knowledge sharing in Geneva.

With the Covid-19 pandemic remaining highly active and unpredictable, organisers said they had “carefully analysed the situation and worked closely with all relevant stakeholders and GIAF partners to consider a range of possibilities. We can therefore inform that due to the given latest rise in numbers in the Geneva area especially, we have decided to move GIAF to November”.

“Whilst most delegates are Geneva based attendees (or from the area), the health and safety of our associations peers and friends as well as of our speakers is utmost importance. And people should feel comfortable to attend a public event such as GIAF. Given the developments, we couldn’t guarantee that and a timely decision is therefore necessary. Running GIAF virtually would theoretically be an option. However, our philosophy has always been that GIAF shall be the, or one of the very first events, to bring back association friends and colleagues together again. In any case, GIAF will be a hybrid event and people from outside Switzerland can join from wherever they are. We are promoting a #RiskFreeRegistration for GIAF and have offered all registries who are unable to join GIAF on the new date a full refund,” said Kai Troll (pictured), president of ASSOCIATIONWORLD and spokesperson of GIAF.

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