How did the WSC come to this conclusion? Were NSOs engaged in the research?
Extensive research was conducted over the last months which the WSC carefully considered in reaching this conclusion. This research included assessment of the financial situation of organisations, the ability for delegations to travel, the situation of other International Organizations and NSOs in regard to their General Assemblies, WOSM’s need to continue moving forward in its governance processes and the unpredictable situation of the pandemic, among many other considerations.
In addition, through Circular 40/2020, the WSB released an open call for NSOs to participate in a focus group to reflect on the different modalities for the events. We received a total of 25 interested NSOs, of which 18 were invited to ensure a diverse input. Their feedback provided has been considered into the research.
Learnings from other events over the past year and engaging with external parties makes us confident we can deliver on quality virtual events to ensure that the continued good governance of WOSM can continue.