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General Assembly 2021

​​Welcome to our General Assembly page!

The World Blind Union (WBU) and the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) Joint General Assemblies were rescheduled to 21 - 26 May 2021 in  Madrid, Spain.  

The host organisation of the 2021 General Assemblies is ONCE, the National Organisation of the Blind in Spain. ONCE is a well-respected partner of WBU and ICEVI and has extensive experience in organising international events.  ONCE has appointed a dedicated team to address every issue to ensure that this global event  is a  great success.  

Theme of the General Assemblies

The broad theme of the General Assemblies is “World Blind Summit: What it means to be Blind and Visually Impaired”.  The schedule will include the following events​:

  • WBU Assembly proceedings
  • Plenary and concurrent sessions 
  • Joint WBU-ICEVI plenary and concurrent sessions, Gala Dinner
  • ICEVI  Paper Presentations 
  • ICEVI General Assembly

The International Organising Committee of WBU, ICEVI and ONCE, chaired by Dr. Fredric Schroeder, President WBU continues the overall planning to ensure the event a great success.

ONCE has developed a special website for the General Assembly: World Blindness Summit  

Registration Fee

The registration fees for the General Assemblies are as follows:

  1. Full General Assemblies:
    Delegates - €775, Observers - €675 and Guides/ Interpretors - €625
  2. WBU General Assembly and Joint Days: 
    Delegates- €575, Observers - €475 and Guides/ Interpreters - €425
  3. ICEVI General Assembly and Joint Days:
    Delegates - €525, Observers - €425 and Guides/ Interpreters - €375
  4. For those planning to attend the different events in 2 different capacities, the maximum registration fee will be €775 (Euros). 

The registration fee covers: Access to the events, coffee breaks, lunch, gala dinner, outdoor social event, opening reception for those attending from May 21 and Tifloinnova (the international technology exhibition).

For further inquiries, email:


The Marriott hotel, Madrid is the venue of the WBU-ICEVI General Assemblies.  The hotel is offering a special rate of Euro 140 (Plus 10% tax) rate for a double room which is inclusive of breakfast and free wifi.  The Hotel has a capacity of more than 800 rooms and is located close to the Madrid International Airport.  Bookings may be done either directly or through the  ONCE.  The hotel  offers a free shuttle service every hour to and from the airport, and the travel time is approximately 20 minutes.  Taxis from the airport to the hotel cost around 15 Euros.   

Visas for Spain:

Spain does not have any restrictions for applying for Visas by any country.  For delegates from the European Union, a Schengen Visa allows entry into Spain.  Some countries are eligible for obtaining e-Visas on arrival.  ONCE will be assisting delegates with the issuance of invitation letters for obtaining visas.

The CEOs of WBU and ICEVI will be providing regular updates on the General Assemblies and we are sure you will  list the Madrid General Assembly as one of the most memorable events of recent times. We look forward to welcoming you to Madrid, Spain on 21-26 May 2021!    

Dr. Fredric K Schroeder, President, WBU

Dr. Frances Gentle, President, ICEVI​​​