Organizing Committee (IOC) of the World Conferences, and the World Health Organization (WHO) have made the difficult decision to postpone the 14th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion 2020 (Safety 2020) as originally planned in Adelaide Australia, from Sunday 8 to Wednesday 11 November 2020, to Sunday 27 to Wednesday 30 November 2022.
We have maintained regular contact with Australian public health authorities to ascertain the best advice about the risk to participants and the wider spread of COVID-19 associated with holding the Conference in 2020. In addition, with the disruptions caused by COVID-19 to the economy, travel and people’s health means that hosting the Conference in 2021 is not a feasible option and, after considering all the options, it was decided to postpone the event to 2022, the next year the event is due to be held.
The PHAA, IOC and WHO do not make this decision lightly, we understand the individual impacts of postponing the event to 2022, and appreciate everyone’s time, support and engagement in creating a high calibre program and extra satellite activities. And we look forward to continue to work with you and welcoming you to Adelaide, Australia in 2022.
However, we also want to maintain momentum of Safety 2020 and ensure that there is an opportunity between events to engage, network and continue knowledge sharing for the global safety community. We are therefore also exploring the options of establishing a virtual pre-conference global event in 2021, to be held in early 2021. More details on this development will be shared in the coming weeks.
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