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The WFD promotes awareness of human rights and sign language by hosting a variety of events around the globe. We also encourage our members to host and attend community events.


The General Assembly is a primary decision making body of the WFD where delegates are entitled to vote over proposed issues. Each Ordinary Member whose membership fees are fully paid and current, is allowed up to two deaf delegates, preferably one male and one female, at meetings of the General Assembly.

The General Assembly is held every four years. It is called in writing, accompanied by proposed agenda, at least twelve months in advance. Proposals for inclusion in the Agenda must be received at least six months in advance. The final agenda with attached reports and other materials will be sent to all Ordinary Members at least two months in advance.

International Sign is used for communication and all delegates are responsible for acquiring a working knowledge of International Sign.

Prior to the General Assembly, a one-day workshop is usually held, so the participants can be prepared in advance for discussions on agenda items and other important issues related to human rights work.

The next General Assembly will be organised in Jeju Island, South Korea July 2023.