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Global Assembly

The IAPB Global Assembly (formerly General Assembly) is one of the most significant global eye health events, bringing together all professionals involved in global eye health, blindness prevention and sustainable development.

Past Events

YearGALocationAttendanceTheme
1978First GAOxford, United Kingdom170 representatives from 44 nationsMobilizing resources
1982Second GABethesda, Maryland, USA300 representatives from 50 countriesNew horizons in sight
1986Third GANew Delhi, India400 participantsA decade of progress
1990Fourth GANairobi, Kenyaover 400 participants from 60 countriesSustainable strategies
1994Fifth GABerlin, GermanyTowards affordable, accessible, appropriate eye care
1999Sixth GABeijing, China600 participants from 57 countriesThe Right to Sight. Launch of VISION 2020
2004Seventh GADubai, United Arab Emirates600 delegates from 75 countriesPartnership
2008Eighth GABuenos Aires, Argentina800 delegates from 60 countriesEquity and Excellence in Eye Care
2012Ninth GAHyderabad, India1500 delegates from 66 countriesEye Care: Everybody’s Business
2016Tenth GADurban, South Africa1500 delegates from 66 countriesStronger Together