POSTED: Wednesday November 3rd 2010

IPC Regions' Council Articulates a Clear Direction of Action

The Regions' Council also identified the need to raise the profile as well as the extensive activity occurring within regions through existing IPC communication channels.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Regions' Council representing the five Regions of Oceania, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas met in Bonn, Germany, over the weekend to elect a new leader and discuss a Regional Strategy that will benefit NPCs.

During the weekend the 10 members reviewed the Council's role within the IPC's organizational structure and developed a "Regional Strategy" that will focus on supporting NPC's in development, sport, events and effective communication within and between Regions.

Joint meetings were held with the IPC Sports' Council and the IPC Development Committee with the aim of ensuring effective communication will flow between groups, particularly in the areas of sport and development within Regions.

The Regions' Council also identified the need to raise the profile as well as the extensive activity occurring within regions through existing IPC communication channels.

The Council also wants to provide feedback to the IPC Governing Board on the IPC's policies and Strategic Plan.

A key long term goal is to assist in facilitating the empowerment of NPC's where required.

During the meeting, Paul Bird from the Oceania Region was elected as the new Chairperson of the Region's Council.

After his election, Bird said, "I am delighted with the passion and commitment of the members of the new Regions Council. We have a great opportunity to now contribute more effectively to building a stronger global IPC brand through capacity building of our Regions."

Xavier Gonzalez, IPC Chief Executive Officer, said, "I am looking forward to working together with Paul and the other members of the Regions' Council in the future to ensure that the Regions' voice is heard within the IPC. A close co-operation is key for raising awareness of the Paralympic Movement in all parts of the world."

The Regions' Council provides a forum for exchange of information on matters of common interest. It advises the Governing Board in relevant matters and assists in the development of IPC Policies and the Strategic Plan. It helps to protect and deliver the IPC Vision and Mission and protect the diversity of the Movement.

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Notes to the Editor:
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

Founded on 22 September 1989, the IPC is an international non-profit organization formed and run by 167 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five regions and four disability specific international sports federations (IOSDs). The IPC Headquarters and its management team are located in Bonn, Germany.

For further information, please contact Craig Spence, IPC Media and Communications Senior Manager on e-mail: or call +49-228-2097-230. Alternatively, please visit or www.ParalympicSport.TV

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Name: Craig Spence
Organization: International Paralympic Committee
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