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UFI releases second edition of report on the exhibition industry’s contribution to UNSDGs

–        25 cases from 14 countries around the world

–        Five leading areas of best practices identified

–        All 17 SDGs are featured, with SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production, the most common submission.

Paris, 7 January 2020: UFI – the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry – has updated its database of initiatives and projects from the exhibition industry that support the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. This resource showcases work done by organisers, venues, and service providers alike. It was initiated by the UFI Working Group on Sustainability and put together in collaboration with Greenview, a member of this working group. The whole concept was also shared for use by the Joint Meetings Industry Council, to expand the compilation to other segments of the event industry.

The report “The Exhibition Industry and the UN SDGs: Connecting People, Multiplying Impact” is available at where details of the 25 submissions are also available. These submissions cover the following 14 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. Each contribution falls in one of the three following categories:

–        Type I: Exhibition Theme: How the theme of the exhibition contributes to the SDGs

–        Type II: Exhibition Operation: How the operator of the exhibition contributes to the SDGs

–        Type III: Company’s Operations: How a company’s operations contribute to the SDGs.

In this collection of 25 case studies, five leading areas of best practices for the exhibition industry were identified:

–        Spreading awareness about SDGs and advancing sustainable industries

–        Taking consumption seriously and prioritising local suppliers

–        Combating waste with collaborative efforts

–        Putting it down in ink – stipulating environmental terms in contracts

–        Unveiling the secret to affordable and clean energy

Sixty-eight per cent of submissions cited a contribution to SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production. Actions taken include purchasing from local suppliers where possible, reducing the usage of single-use plastic, reducing food wastage through composting or redistribution.

“Making our industry more sustainable in all aspects of the word is vital not only for our future but is also a moral obligation to the survival of our planet. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals provide a framework where all businesses can show their respective contributions, and UFI is very happy to position the exhibition industry in this exercise,” says UFI President Mary Larkin.

The programme of the UFI 9th Forum on Sustainability, a special UFI event on the issue scheduled in Paris (France) on 13-15 May 2020 will include discussions with experts on UNSDGs.

The detailed programme of the forum with the theme “Event Performance: Economic, Social and Environmental Impacts” is available at

In line with UFI’s mission to develop the industry worldwide, the report is available free of charge. It can be downloaded here:

For more information about UFI initiatives around sustainability, go to or contact

This report is a UFI Sustainable Development driven activity.

Attachment: Visual – Cover ‘The Exhibition Industry and UN SDGs – 2nd Edition

UFI’s Sustainable Development Mission Statement:

UFI represents and serves an industry built on connecting markets and fostering trade for the greater good – an industry built on sustainable development principles. As such, UFI is committed to driving and supporting sustainable development among our global membership and the exhibition industry at large. In line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, UFI has integrated sustainable development initiatives in all of our activities – from events to education, from research to advocacy. Our engagement in providing tangible solutions for sustainable development makes UFI a trusted and viable partner for governments, markets and non-profits.

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Registration opens for UFI Latin American Conference in Buenos Aires

–       The event takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 20-21 April 2020.

–       The theme of the conference is “Navigating Uncertainty”.

–       The focus will be on the forces driving change in the region and the opportunities this change presents.

–       Early bird rates apply until 20 February 2020.

Paris, 16 December 2019: UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has opened registration for the 2nd UFI Latin American Conference with the theme “Navigating Uncertainty”.  Open to all exhibition industry professionals, an immersive two-day programme will focus on regional specific topics including digital impact, the future of venues and events, talent management, market opportunities in the region. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss common strategies for different realities in Latin America. La Rural, Predio Ferial de Buenos Aires, will host the two-day event.

The event will be collocated with the 17th Expo Eventos Latinoamerica, one of the major exhibition industry events in the region. With support from regional association members AOCA, AMPROFEC, UBRAFE and AFIDA, this major industry event will bring together colleagues from the Latin-American region in 2020.

Participants can benefit from early bird registration for either both or one of these events until 20 February 2020.

Delegates from 16 countries and regions attended the first edition of the UFI Latin American Conference in Mexico City, Mexico.  UFI currently has over 800 members across the globe. Latin America accounts for 52.

As the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, UFI organises annual regional conferences in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Latin America, as well as the UFI Global Congress. The UFI Latin American Conference brings together industry professionals from all over the region and beyond.

“With the success of the first Latin American Conference in Mexico, we are looking forward to this second edition in Buenos Aires. As the exhibition industry grows in the region, UFI is striving to support our members and help increase industry growth in the region. This conference is just one example of the support UFI provides to industry and associations in the region.” says Ana Maria Arango, UFI Latin America Regional Manager.

Participants can now secure their place online at

Attachements: Visuals – Key visual for the 2nd UFI Latin American Conference

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