World Congress

The World Congress of World Federation of the Deaf follows a day after the WFD General Assembly (GA) and consists of meetings of scientific commissions, as well as other meetings. The World Congress is convened every four (4) years.

Only WFD Ordinary Member (OM) may make a bid to host the World Congress of the organisation.  Each bid shall be reviewed and voted upon by the GA.  The OM hosting the Congress shall assume full responsibility for management of the Congress.

The organisers of the World Congress of WFD cooperate closely with the WFD Executive Team and to follow stipulated guidelines provided in the Internal Rules.

The organisers hosting either the World Congress or an international conference submit a proposed theme to the Board for approval.

World Congresses:
1951 Rome, Italy (no theme)
1955 Zagreb, Yugoslavia (no theme)
1959  Wiesbaden, Fed. Rep. of Germany (no theme)
1963 Stockholm, Sweden (no theme)
1967 Warsaw, Poland The Deaf Among Hearing Persons
1971 Paris, France The Deaf Person in the World in Evolution
1975 Washington DC, USA Full Citizenship for All Deaf People
1979 Varna, Bulgaria The Deaf People in Modern Society
1983 Palermo, Italy Deafness Today & Tomorrow: Reality & Utopia
1987 Espoo, Finland One World – One Responsibility
1991 Tokyo, Japan Equality and Self-Reliance
1995 Vienna, Austria Towards Human Rights
1999 Brisbane, Australia Diversity and Unity
2003 Montréal, Canada Opportunities & Challenges in the 21st Century
2007 Madrid, Spain Human Rights Through Sign Languages
2011 Durban, South Africa Global Deaf Renaissance
2015 Istanbul, Turkey Strengthening Human Diversity

Call for Bid – XVIII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf

WFD WORLD CONGRESS | Organising Guidelines

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