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WBU/ICEVI GA dates and location

The WBU Executive has awarded the hosting of the 2016 General Assembly to the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) in the United States. The event will once again be held jointly with the ICEVI as it was in 2012. We are now happy to inform you about the location and exact dates of the General Assembly:

It will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel located in Orlando Florida and will take place from Thursday, August 18 to Thursday, August 25th, 2016
It should be noted that these dates include the entire Assembly event comprising the following:

Ø  Thursday August 18th – WBU Executive meeting and other WBU Pre-Assembly committee meetings

Ø  Friday August 19 – Monday August 22 – WBU General Assembly
Ø  Monday August 22 – ICEVI Paper presentations (ICEVI will also join the plenary for the WBU GA closing ceremonies)
Ø  Tuesday August 23 – Wednesday August 24 – Joint WBU/ICEVI concurrent sessions
Ø  Thursday August 25 – ICEVI General Assembly

The Rosen Centre has been used for a number of years by the NFB to hold its annual conventions (of close to 3000 delegates) and so the hotel is very accessible to our needs and the hotel staff very familiar with serving blind and partially sighted persons.  All Assembly events and accommodations will be located in the same venue.  We were able to do this in Bangkok in 2012 as well and our members really appreciated having everything under one roof.  The hotel is well laid out and easy to get around; there are also lots of restaurants, some shopping and other attractions close by and it is very easy to walk on the footpaths around the hotel area.  The NFB was also able to negotiate a very favorable room rate for us at about $125 (US funds) per night per room, including all taxes.  Please note, meals are not included in the room rate but the hotel has very good food service and there are lots of low cost options close by for breakfast and other meals.

The WBU Officers will be meeting in late November and will establish dates for sponsorship applications, delegate confirmations, constitutional amendments and so forth at that time.  In addition, because the Assembly will be held in August, we will need members to submit their membership fees earlier than is normally the case in non-Assembly years.

In January, we will update this page with more information on the 2016 Assembly, important dates and travel information.  In the meantime, please take note of the confirmed dates for our General Assembly in 2016. All delegate and sponsor documents for the 2016 event will be posted here in 2015.  There will be a separate website set up in 2015 by NFB for Assembly registration, travel and local information.


The WBU 8th General Assembly was a huge success.

We thank all of those who participated, loaned their time and expertise, and volunteered to help make our general assembly a success.  We will always have fond memories of our time in Bangkok among our many friends and colleagues.  A special thanks to our host member, the Thailand Association of the Blind for all of your hard work.

Audio-clips from the main sessions (saved by date) are available to listen to at American Council of the Blind Radio.  The link to their website is:

Notes WBU 8th General Assembly 2012 - Bangkok.docNotes WBU 8th General Assembly 2012 - Bangkok.doc

The 2012 Resolutions are available here:

 8th General Assembly Accepted  Resolutions -final.doc8th General Assembly Accepted Resolutions -final.doc

The Table Officers elected in 2012 are listed under "About WBU" section with brief bios.

Other documents generated for the assembly are stored under GA documents.  There are notes from some of the presentations available under GA Updates.

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The World Blind Union's members meet every 4 years and hold a General Assembly in order to review the work and accomplishments of the past 4 years and to set the new plans and directions for the next four.  2012 was a meeting year and the general assembly took place in Bangkok, Thailand.  The next GA will be in 2016. The General Assembly of Members is the supreme governing body of the World Blind Union. Some functions carried out at the General Assembly include the following:

  • Approval of Constitutional Amendments
  • Election of Table Officers
  • Adoption of Resolutions
  • Approval of quadrennial budget for the following term
  • Acceptance of reports from Officers, Committees, and Working Groups regarding the past work period.

The Quadrennial Report for the period of 2009 to 2012 is now available to review. 

WBU Quadrennial Report 2009 - 2012.docWBU Quadrennial Report 2009 - 2012.doc