US politics and elections around the world
The third day of the conference began with a guest presentation by Jim Gilmore, the American Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He emphasized the organization's importance to the world before dedicating himself to his theme: “Has President Trump changed democracy?” The session was hosted by Tom Edmonds / USA. Following this, assessments regarding the 2020 US presidential election were outlined by Doc Sweitzer for the US Democrats and Matt Klink for the US Republicans in a segment hosted by Dave Catanese before Kehinde Bamigbetan / Nigeria, Marilu Brajer / Argentina, Marcel Wieder / Canada, Necati Özkan / Turkey and Jan Juul Christensen / Denmark presented election campaigns from across the world in a session chaired by Crystal Martin / USA.
Award of the IAPC Democracy Medal as a grand finale
The official part of the 52nd World Conference concluded with the award of the IAPC Democracy Medal to Ekrem Imamoglu, the new mayor of Istanbul. The award was received on his behalf by Emrah Sahan, project coordinator of the Istanbul election campaign, in particular for conducting an election campaign without aggression and for his efforts as a peacemaker after the first elections had been annulled in Istanbul.
Visit to UNO-City Vienna
Another highlight of the accompanying program was a guided tour of UNO-City Vienna and a presentation given by Martin Nesirky, Director of UNIS Vienna.
The lifetime achievement award went to Sepp Hartinger
During the final gala dinner on board, Sepp Hartinger, Austria, a member of the IAPC since 1982 and its President from 1999-2001, was awarded the “Joe Napolitan & Michel Bongrand Founder Award for Lifetime Achievement” for the services he has rendered to the Association. Following on from Bo Krogvig / Sweden and Jon Gaul / Australia, he is the third member of the IAPC to receive this honor.
New Board of Directors
In addition, a comprehensive structural reform, prepared by President Mehmet Ural, was adopted at the IAPC General Assembly. This provides for a drastic reduction in the number of board members and a fixed allocation of responsibilities for each individual board member. The new 13-member Board of Directors was elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall commence its duties on 1 January 2020. It is composed as follows:
- President: Mauricio De Vengoechea, Colombia
- Treasurer: Melissa Cressey, USA
- Secretary General: Matt Klink, USA
- Vice President, Membership: Marilu Brajer, Argentina
- Vice President, Conferences & Events: Crystal Martin, USA
- Vice President, Fundraising: Wayne Johnson, USA
- Vice President, Communications: Necati Özkan, Turkey
- Vice President, Awards: Mina Jordeby, Sweden
- Board Member, Membership: Marcel Wieder, Canada
- Board Member, Conference & Events: Justino Pereira, Brazil
- Board Member, Fundraising: Sal Russo, USA
- Board Member, Communication: Kurtis Adigba, Nigeria
- Board Member, Awards: Feyi Akindoyeni, Australia
All in all, the 52nd
World Conference, which was staged for the first time on a river cruiser, offered unique impressions, both in regard to the speakers and the accompanying program. The discovery of such magnificent landscapes along the Danube shall also help the 52nd World Conference to long be remembered by all those who attended it.
At this point we wish to express our special gratitude to all the participants and speakers, and in particular to Melissa Cressey as Program Chair, Sepp Hartinger as Conference Chair as well as to all our sponsors and the entire team of Hartinger Consulting for the implementation and organization of this event.
See you in Miami, USA, 2020
As soon as one conference is over, the next conference begins. Preparations for the 53rd IAPC World Conference, which will take place immediately after the US presidential election from 8 to 12 November 2020, have been underway for weeks. IAPC President Mauricio De Vengoechea is in charge of organizing the event. Program Chair will be Tom Edmonds. On behalf of the IAPC we already welcome you to Miami!