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The UIAA is informing members that the deadline to nominate UIAA Presidential candidates to the Temporary Nomination Committee (TNC) has been extended to 15 May.

“This is due to the unprecedented situation with Covid-19 which has disrupted so many UIAA people and federations around the world. Many are diverted by challenges facing their own families, businesses, climbing federations or are helping with Covid-19 relief in their own regions and communities. We advised this extension immediately after the original close-off date and we apologise if this has generated any confusion or concern. We are operating in extraordinary and rapidly changing conditions,” explains TNC President Joachim Driessen. 

 “All candidates who have already applied and any others who apply before 15 May 2020 will be confidentially assessed against the agreed published criteria. The role of UIAA President is critical. The over-riding concern of the Nominations Workgroup is to achieve the best possible outcome for the UIAA.”

Revised documentation can be found here:

Invitation Letter
Final Procedures
Guidelines Final

The deadline for formal nominations as per UIAA Articles of Association is 14 August 2020.

Original article below, published 16 February.

In October 2020, the second term of UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt will end. After eight years, the current President will leave office according to the UIAA Articles of Association (AoA) that permit a maximum of two terms of four years.

In November 2019 the UIAA Management Committee decided to create a temporary nomination committee (TNC) to search and propose candidates to succeed Frits Vrijlandt.

The election of a new UIAA President will take place on 24 October 2020. The electing body is the UIAA General Assembly.

For this process, the TNC developed “Guidelines” and “Procedures” for the election of a new UIAA President. The Committee would like to underline that the TNC will act in complete confidentiality. Names of potential candidates will not be published by the TNC. ONLY selected and nominated candidates will be officially announced – and ONLY with the consent of candidates.

According to the UIAA AoA, member federations are entitled to nominate candidates. The TNC will ask federations for formal nominations for recommended/proposed candidates only. However, as per AoA, federations can also nominate candidates who are not participating in this evaluation process.

For Federation Presidents:
Please distribute this letter to potential candidates and encourage them to join the process.

For Candidates:
Please do not hesitate to enter the process. Leading the “Global Mountain Network” as UIAA President is a privilege and an honour. Please send your curriculum vitae and your motivation letter to the TNC before 15 April 2020, via email to: 2020election@theuiaa.org. At this stage, it is not yet necessary to ask your federation for permission or nomination. Your candidacy will be treated in strict confidentiality.

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UIAA General Assembly, Cyprus (2019)