The ICMA Hamburg World Conference Committee has met for the first time to begin planning our great event in 2011.
During the last week of August an enthusiastic group of people, set upon hosting the ICMA World Conference in 2011, met for the first time in Hamburg, Germany. The meeting was convened by Pastorin Heike Speigelberg. Joining the group were, among others, the Reverend Heike Proske, Secretary General of the Deutsche Seemannsmission, the ICMA General Secretary, Hennie la Grange, and his predecessor Dr Juergen Kanz.
The goals of this first meeting were to seriously reconsider the feasibility of the conference in view of the current economic climate, to list the lessons learnt from previous World Conferences, to negotiate with various properties in the Hamburg area that could be used as venues and to conceptualize the structure of the conference.
A final decision on whether the conference will take place at all, it is hoped, will be taken by the Annual General Meeting of ICMA in October 2009 which is to be held in Helsinki, Finland. The one remaining stumbling block is a financial one. The decision to forge ahead with plans to stage a world conference is dependent upon the commitment of ICMA member societies to support the conference by budgeting to send delegates. Once this is decided it will be required that ICMA successfully secures grants and other financial support from funders and local institutions in and around Hamburg.