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Meeting cancellations


Just a few days before its opening the ITB Berlin 2020 was canceled due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

For more information please read the ITB Berlin 2020 announcement:

ITB Berlin 2020 will not take place.

Due to the increasing spread of the novel corona virus COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Economics have implied a cancellation of ITB Berlin 2020.

The responsible health authority of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf of Berlin has increased the requirements for the event to take place early this evening (18:27). Among other things, the authority orders Every trade fair participant must prove to Messe Berlin that they do not come from the defined risk areas or have had contact with a person from the risk areas. Messe Berlin is unable to implement all these requirements.

Messe Berlin has been pointing out for weeks that the decision to hold or cancel major events can only be made on the basis of the recommendation or instruction of the relevant authorities. Only these authorities have all the necessary information and expertise to draw the right conclusions”.


Including the public presentation of Geopark new applications

Putting safety first is the UNESCO’s priority, especially in this uncertain and rapidly evolving situation.

This latest information is rather worrying. The risks and uncertainties associated with corona virus spread calls for precautionary measures, especially with people travelling across the world.

In light of this challenging un-predictable health situation,  after several consultations with relevant services, it is with deep regret that the UNESCO Science Sector have taken the  decision for the cancelation of all Science related meetings during March

Thus the IGGP Open Session and the presentation of the New Applications for UNESCO Global Geoparks is cancelled.

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