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​​Welcome to our General Assembly page!

The 2016 WBU/ICEVI Joint Assembly took place in Orlando, Florida, USA from August 18-25th, 2016. ​

"Welcome to the official page for the WBU General Assembly. The WBU General Assembly – the Assembly of members - is held every four years and brings together WBU members from across the world to review WBU’s work and priorities, elect our international leaders, adopt constitutional amendments and decide on important priorities for the next quadrennial period. We've included links to Assembly documents, as well as some presentations that were made at the Assembly. Thank you for your interest in our work. You are also welcome to share your feedback, as your input is always important to us. Please visit our Contact Us page to get in touch. Thanks for visiting.”

Penny Hartin, CEO

On this section of our website, you will find resources and links for the 2016 WBU/ICEVI Joint Assembly, as well as links to our past General Assemblies. You can use this page to look up current and past GA Resolutions, GA PresentationsWBU amended constitution, and other GA-related Documents​ you may find useful as well. 

To listen to the plenary sessions from the 2016 GA as well as the 2012 and 2008 General Assemblies, visit the American Council of the Blind Radio (ACBRadio) website – whom we thank for providing audio streaming of the GA!
The link can be found at:

You may also download the full program outline for t​he 2016 GA by the following link: 

Joint Assembly program outline.docxJoint Assembly program outline

Congratulations to our newly-elected international Table Officers for 2016-2020:

Dr. Fredric Schroeder-President (USA), Mr. Fernando Riaño-First Vice-President (Spain), Dr. Elly Macha-Second Vice-President (Tanzania), Mr. Ajai Kumar Mittal-Secretary General (India), Mrs. Martine Abel-Williamson-Treasurer (New Zealand), Mr. Arnt Holte-Immediate Past President (Norway).

Please visit the Table Officers page for contact information. Additional information can also be found on our About WBU page.

We warmly thank all delegates and active members who attended the General Assembly, all of the speakers and presenters who shared their information and expertise with the participants, as well as those who tuned-in to the live radio stream, participated in the social media discussion using #JointGA2016, volunteered for the event and/or reached out to us. We truly appreciate your time and support. A special thanks to our host member, the National Federation of the Blind​ (NFB) and for all the hard work that the NFB and their stellar volunteers put in to ensure the event was a great success.

Below are some photos from the 2016 GA, provided by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB).

DSC_5907.jpg Delegates from over 100 countries participated in WBU’s 9th General Assembly.​

Newly elected WBU President, Dr. Fredric K. Schroeder, addresses the General Assembly.

WBU Past President, and Chair of the WBU Right to Read campaign, Maryanne Diamond, presents an advance copy of the WBU Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Guide to His Excellency, Ambassador Aubrey Webson, Permanent Representative to the United Nations for Antigua and Barbuda.

WBU President Arnt Holte presents Honorary Life membership to Amir Ashraf from Pakistan.

Christopher Friend, long time delegate from Sightsavers, and Technical Advisor for WBU Marrakesh Treaty Campaign, received Honorary Life membership from WBU President, Arnt Holte​.

WBU President Arnt Holte presents Louis Braille medal, WBU’s highest award, to Past President Maryanne Diamond in recognition of her work advocating for the Marrakesh Treaty.

The local host committee receives small glass Inukshuks in recognition of their hard work organizing the Assembly.

Thank you for visiting the General Assembly page. We will continue to keep you informed on all news and developments. Please check back often, and follow us on social media!