The International Annual Meeting on Language Arrangements, Documentation and Publications (IAMLADP) is a forum and network of managers of over 80 international organizations employing conference and language service providers – mainly translators and interpreters. As a unique instrument for inter-organizational cooperation, IAMLADP serves many purposes, and was recently characterized by one of its members as "the Davos for language and conference services".
Objectives and mandate
The overall objective of IAMLADP is to enhance the efficiency, quality and cost-effectiveness of conference, language and publishing services system-wide and within each participating organization, as set out in its original mandate. More specific objectives include to:
exchange information and share experiences on policies and practices
establish best practice for quality of service and cost-effectiveness
pool resources for tasks of common interest
harmonize practices, workload standards and indicators
promote training and exchanges of staff
Membership of IAMLADP is offered to all intergovernmental and supra-national organizations with language and/or conference-servicing components. For more information and a list of current member organizations, click here.
The United Nations Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) in New York is the permanent Chair of IAMLADP. Topics and issues of common interest are addressed through working groups and task forces, whose findings are analysed and whose mandates are handed down at the Annual Meetings. The current structure and focus of the forum is reflected in the IAMLADP organizational chart.
Between sessions activities are guided and coordinated by the IAMLADP Executive Committee and the IAMLADP secretariat.
IAMLADP began in 1967 as a response to concerns about possible overlaps and coordination gaps in the documentation and publishing activities of the various bodies of the United Nations. It evolved from an ad hoc meeting into a formal coordination mechanism in 1980 and has met annually since then. Membership was extended to other intergovernmental organizations in 2001. More