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Fwd: [Delegates] UIS - Important: International Congress of Speleology and General Assembly

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 22 Apr 2021

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От кого: Fadi NADER via Delegates <>
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Копия: Fadi NADER <>, jasmina rijavec <>
Дата: Среда, 21 апреля 2021, 7:21 +03:00
Тема: [Delegates] UIS - Important: International Congress of Speleology and General Assembly

Dear UIS National Delegates,


First of all, I hope that you are well and that your families and friends as well as your national community of cavers.

As you know, the difficult times we are going through require a lot of flexibility and constant (re)adaptation. Thus, the 18th ICS (Savoie, France) was postponed one year (to 24-31 July 2022; https://uis2021.speleos.fr/). This exceptional decision has been taken for the sake of the international community of speleologists, projecting a normal UIS congress where we all meet, share knowledge and continue to build together our Union.

That said, postponing the ICS for one year also results in several inter-related issues that we need to tackle properly. Here are THREE major issues that we would like to share with you and act upon some of them:

- First of all, the UIS Bureau decided that no member-country will lose its membership to the UIS if their fees are settled at the 18th ICS in France in 2022 (see exact decision text on https://uis-speleo.org/index.php/2021/04/07/2021-exception-for-paying-uis-membership-fees/);

- Second, the General Assembly will also be postponed to July 2022 (to be held at the 18th ICS, as common practice), resulting in extending the mandate of the UIS Bureau until the upcoming General Assembly and elections. This decision is based on the UIS Statutes, which stipulate that the Members of the UIS Bureau are elected at the General Assembly for the period between two consecutive regular general assemblies held at the congresses ( https://uis-speleo.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Statutes-of-the-Union-Internationale-de-Speleologie-UIS.pdf ).

- Third, since the upcoming General Assembly will be postponed one year, we will need to set an Extraordinary General Assembly in June 2021, to vote remotely on accepting Brazil to host the 19th ICS in 2025. We have received only one Applicant (Brazil) for the organization of the19th ICS, and we need to set this vote in order to avoid them losing one year of preparation.  

Remote voting procedures are presented in a specific document, entitled “Voting Procedures and Guidelines for the UIS General Assembly” ( http://uis-speleo.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Voting-procedures-for-the-UIS-General-Assembly.pdf ), part the Internal Regulations of the UIS. In order to tackle the third point above, we will set a vote on only one question: accept/reject Brazil proposal for hosting the 19th ICS. 

In order to achieve this vote, we will need first to confirm the list of delegates eligible for voting. I would like to ask you to confirm to me that you are still in the capacity of representing your country as a National Delegate to the UIS by May 15th (2021). If not, could you kindly transfer my email to the new Delegate and let him/her reply to me with his/her contact details?


Thank you for your prompt reaction.

Kind regards and stay safe


Fadi Nader

UIS, Secretary General

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Bulat Mavlyudov

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