General Assembly

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Left to Right: Dr. Fred Schoeder, President, World Blind Union (WBU), Mr. Miguel Carballeda, President, Grupo Social ONCE and Dr.Frances Gentle, President of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI).

Left to Right: Dr. Fred Schoeder, President, World Blind Union (WBU), Mr. Miguel Carballeda, President, Grupo Social ONCE and Dr.Frances Gentle, President of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI).

Dear Members,

The World Blind Union (WBU), the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI), and the Organización Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE) are pleased to announce the new dates of the joint WBU and ICEVI general assemblies. The WBU-ICEVI General Assembly (GA) will be fully conducted online from 28 to 30 June 2021.

The overall theme of the General Assemblies is “World Blind Summit: What it means to be Blind and Visually Impaired”.

The International Organizing Committee postponed the WBU/ICEVI general assemblies this year to protect the health and safety of participants as the world continues to combat the on-going Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

While we recognize that internet connectivity and technology could be a challenge for many, we strongly appreciate your understanding and patience as we work diligently to identify the most effective digital solutions to ensure full participation. Our host organization ONCE will provide logistical support to ensure the highest level of online participation possible.

The new format of the WBU General Assembly requires certain adjustments in order to reflect the new normal but also, to ensure compliance with our constitution.

Given the current circumstances, we have identified the following segments for the WBU General Assembly:

  1. Pre-assembly meetings: This includes WBU-EXCO meeting and any other related meetings for the General Assembly. These meetings will take place during the week of June 14 -19, 2021.
  2. Pre-session week and internal business: This segment will be held for five days beginning June 21-25, 2021. Here all delegates will have the opportunity to discuss and adopt internal WBU matters such as: activity reports, WBU resolutions, elections etc. It is important to mention that for quorum purposes all delegates will have to participate in this week especially when decisions must be adopted.
  3. WBU- ICEVI days: This last third segment will be from June 28-30, 2021. In the second day of this segment, WBU will have 1.5 hours session to present all the decisions adopted in the previous week, in case further discussions are required. Besides, WBU and ICEVI jointly will run a variety of workshops to promote engagement of WBU members and interaction among all participants of the events.

Important dates and deadlines regarding membership dues, registration, nominations, awards etc. will be announced soon.

The International Organising Committee of WBU, ICEVI and ONCE, chaired by Dr. Fredric Schroeder, President WBU continues the overall planning for a variety of events to promote engagement and interaction among all participants and to ensure that the GA is a great success!

We will keep you up to date as more detailed information becomes available. We encourage you to visit our website regularly for the latest updates:

With best regards,

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Dr. Fredric K Schroeder
President, WBU

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