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$26 million FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics secured for Sydney

World’s biggest OBS/GYNO conference to offer hope to women who can’t conceive

Minister for Tourism, Trade and Major Events Stuart Ayres and Business Events Sydney (BESydney) CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith announced Sydney will host the 2021 FIGO* World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

“Sydney has won hosting rights for the world’s largest and most important obstetrics and gynecology conference which last came to our shores in 1967. This event will bring the world’s leaders together to try to overcome key challenges to women and babies’ health in New South Wales (NSW). This includes managing to conceive after having cancer treatments and exploring the latest technologies related to In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). It will also boost the local health industry,” Minister Ayres said.

BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith recognised support from the NSW government, Tourism Australia, strategic partner Qantas and the University of NSW Australia (UNSW Australia) to win the event worth A$26 million in direct expenditure to the State.

“After 16 years of international campaigning, we’ve won the right to host FIGO for Australia, beating competition from India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. Approximately 7,000 of the world’s leading obstetricians and gynaecologists will converge on Sydney in 2021, bringing valuable insights and the latest technologies.

“I’d like to thank UNSWAustralia for advocating with us to international decision makers and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) who partnered with us,” Ms Lewis-Smith said.

Professor Hamid Rushwan, FIGO Chief Executive, said, “The triennial FIGO World Congress is the premier global event for obstetricians and gynecologists. The world’s clinicians, scientists, teachers and other allied health professionals working for women’s health come together to present and discuss the latest science and best clinical practice.

“We are delighted that Sydney – a city of great stature and innovation – will host our 2021 Congress, and look forward to providing our attendees with an enriching and stimulating congress experience.”

UNSW Australia President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian Jacobs, confirmed the importance of the event saying, “Every day, approximately 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth and 99 per cent of these deaths occur in developing countries. Events like the FIGO World Congress shine a light on these issues and bring together global leaders and the best in Australia, to work together to improve health outcomes.”

RANZCOG President, Professor Michael Permezel, confirmed, “Every three years since FIGO's founding in 1954, thousands of obstetricians and gynaecologists gather in one city to spend a week discussing developments in women's health and looking at solving the very substantial problems from which women and their babies continue to suffer around the world today. I have no doubt that FIGO’s member societies, spanning more than 130 countries and territories, will help us to better meet the health care needs of women and their babies in Australia and internationally.”

FIGO 2021 will be held at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney). Opening in December 2016, ICC Sydney will underline Sydney’s place as one of the world’s most desirable meeting and event destinations.

Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase, said, “This win for NSW reinforces the strength of the combined efforts of Destination NSW and Business Events Sydney to secure major international events for Sydney. FIGO will bring an expected 7,000 delegates to Sydney staying for five nights to experience our harbour city’s natural beauty, vibrant culture and the nation’s largest and most impressive new events space, ICC Sydney.”

Tourism Australia Managing Director, John O’Sullivan, confirmed support to help secure the event saying, “We are extremely pleased that Sydney and Australia has won this important event, which will boost our global profile as a world-class business events destination whilst also making a significant contribution to the Australian economy.”

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