During 2021 the Union of International Associations (UIA) undertook its ninth large-scale survey on issues encountered by international organisations and associations when holding meetings. This year the questions were adjusted to focus on the impact of the ongoing pandemic on association meetings activity. The questionnaire was in English, French and Spanish and comprised simple yes/no and multiple choice questions. The closing section of the report features additional comments offered by the associations on issues related to organising international conferences under pandemic conditions.

The 2021 survey follows surveys undertaken on behalf of UIA’s Associate Members in 1985, 1993, 2002, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2020.

The union was founded in 1907 in Brussels and is the world’s oldest and largest source of information on global civil society. UIA collects, hosts and provides up-to-date, reliable information on global civil society and maintains the most comprehensive source of information on international associations, their activities and concerns, and their meetings activities.