Montreal, Canada, April 2, 2020 – AIESEC decides to hold its annual International Congress virtually, amid concerns related to the widespread border closures and nationwide quarantines set to continue in the next months in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The conference was set to take place between the 9th and the 17th of July in Agra, India. While no changes to the dates of the event have been decided on as yet, AIESEC’s 72nd annual International Congress will be adapted to be held online rather than in a physical setting.
The decision has been made by the AIESEC International and the AIESEC International Congress team on Wednesday, the 1st of April 2020 after close monitoring of the COVID-19 outbreak in the past weeks and extensive risk assessments being carried out in consultation with appropriate stakeholders and in line with advice from authorities.
AIESEC assures all potential attendees and partners who planned or confirmed their participation at the event that appropriate measures are being taken to carry out the event virtually while ensuring the delivery of all engagement spaces at the highest possible quality and the fulfilment of event’s objectives.
AIESEC is a global platform for young people to develop their leadership potential through international internships and volunteer opportunities. Since AIESEC was founded in 1948, the organization has engaged and developed over 1,000,000 young people globally through international placements and membership opportunities. AIESEC is a youth-run, non-governmental, and not-for-profit organization in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), affiliated with the UN DPI, member of ICMYO, and is recognized by UNESCO.
About the International Congress:
The International Congress is the annual convening of AIESEC and its member countries and territories aimed at offering an opportunity to connect with the rest of the world and to feel a part of a global youth leadership creating a positive change in this world. The congress also happens with the purpose of presenting and reflecting on the impact of AIESEC’s activities in the previous years and creating strategies and collaboration plans for upcoming years. Previous editions of the Congress include Poland (1996), USA (1997), Sweden & Finland (1998), South Africa (1999), UK (2000), Switzerland (2001), Canada (2002), India (2015), Poland (2016), Colombia (2017), Egypt (2018) and India (2019).
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Rares Man, Communications Responsible, AIESEC International firstname.lastname@example.org
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