The Union of International Associations (UIA) is a non-profit non-governmental research institute and documentation center based in Brussels, Belgium, and operating under United Nations mandate. It was founded in 1907 under the name Central Office of International Associations by Henri La Fontaine, the 1913 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and Paul Otlet, a founding father of what is now called information science.
The UIA is an independent research institute and a repository for current and historical information on the work of global civil society.
It serves two main purposes: to document and promote public awareness of the work of international organizations (both INGOs and IGOs), international meetings, and world problems. The UIA also supports and facilitates the work of international associations through training and networking opportunities.
The UIA has confirmed that the candidacy of EICF Executive Director, Carlos Olabe as an Active Member of the UIA has been accepted by the General Assembly on 22 June 2021.
More information on UIA Active Members can be found here.
The EICF has been recently included at the Yearbook of International Organizations (The most comprehensive information resource on c. 73,000 international non-profit organizations and associations worldwide, in all fields of human endeavour, and throughout centuries of history)