131 delegates, from 34 countries, representing 98 international organizations participated. 58 in- person participants were welcomed onsite in Prague.
Easy platform access, networking and educational content combined to provide an engaging and rewarding experience for all delegates. Plenary sessions were presented on “Associations in the World: Speaking Truth to Power” and “Achieving goals, finding partners: UIA’s Global Civil Society Database”. Interactive workshops addressed current topics such as: membership retention and engagement; the application of artificial intelligence in society; empowering teams by design thinking; the organization of hybrid events; and the relations between the United Nations system and civic associations.
The presentations and the workshops were led by association experts and the delegates shared and discussed their associations’ experience, challenges and solutions.
The Associations Round Tables are organized annually by the Union of International Associations (UIA). The Round Tables, the core of UIA’s education project, provide an opportunity to learn through networking and through practice, to meet other international associations and share experience and knowledge.
Jacques de Mévius, Secretary General of UIA, said: “The hybrid format, which has been made possible by Prague Convention Bureau and its technology partners, has given any association in Europe and beyond, the opportunity to be part of this learning and networking event for associations. Round Table Europe 2021 has been a successful and a joyful event: for association delegates, and no less for Prague Convention Bureau and for UIA.”