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.
The World Congress is an official event of World Federation of the Deaf organised by an Ordinary Member. World Congresses are designed to bring together delegates from member national associations, youth organisations and other participants who seek to partake in global exchange of information and furtherance of the WFD vision, mission and goals. It follows a day after General Assembly and is organised every four years.
Ordinary Members can make a bid to host the World Congress. All bids are reviewed and voted upon by the General Assembly. The Ordinary member hosting The World Congress has full responsibility of the management of the World Congress. The organisers cooperate closely with the WFD Board and Secretariat in all aspects of the organising of the World Congress and follow the Organising Guidelines.
he call for bids for the 2027 World Congress will be opened in July 2022 with the deadline to apply set for 31 December 2022
||Wiesbaden, Fed. Rep. of Germany
||The Deaf Among Hearing People
||The Deaf Person in the World in Evolution
||Washington DC, USA
||Full Citizenship for All Deaf People
||The Deaf People in Modern Society
||Deafness Today & Tomorrow: Reality & Utopia
||One World – One Responsibility
||Equality and Self-Reliance
||Toward Human Rights
||Diversity and Unity
||Opportunities & Challenges in the 21st Century
||Human Rights Through Sign Language
||Durban, South Africa
||Global Deaf Renaissance
||Strengthening Human Diversity
||Sign Languages Rights For All
The next World Congress of the WFD will be held from 11 – 15 July 2023 in Jeju Island, South Korea. The information is coming soon.
The International Conferences of the WFD are organised by Ordinary, Associate or International Members. The Conferences are held in the odd years between the Congresses and General Assembly. The host member has full financial responsibility in hosting the WFD Conference.
The call for bids for the 2025 Conference will be opened in June 2022, the deadline for submitting the application is 31 December 2022. The announcement of the next host will be made in April 2023.
||Our Rights – Our Future
||Equality for Deaf People
||Full inclusion with Sign Language!
The next conference will be held in Bangkok, Thailand 25 – 27 November 2021.
INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE DEAF
International Week of the Deaf is an initiative of the WFD and was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. It is celebrated annually by the global Deaf Community on the last week of September each year to commemorate the same month the first World Congress of the WFD was held. International Week of the Deaf is celebrated through various activities by the respective Deaf Communities worldwide.
The activities call for participation and involvements of various stakeholders including families, peers, Governmental bodies, professional sign language interpreters and Organisations of persons with disabilities.
- 2009: Deaf People’s Cultural Achievements
- 2010: Deaf Education
- 2011: Accessibility to Information and Communication
- 2012: Sign Bilingualism is a Human Right!
- 2013: Equality for Deaf People
- 2014: Strengthening Human Diversity
- 2015: With Sign Language Rights, Our Children Can!
- 2016: With Sign Language, I am Equal
- 2017: Full Inclusion with Sign Language!
- 2018: With Sign Language, Everyone is Included
- 2019: Sign Languages Rights For All!
- 2020: Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights