The International Life Saving Federation is excited to announce that the World Conference on Drowning Prevention will be held in Penang, Malaysia in October 2015.
The ILS Bid & Oversight Committee Chair John Martin said “ILS is happy and proud to have received three outstanding bids, the professionalism of all bids was beyond expectations.”
Indeed, ILS considered three very strong and compelling bids. The Board wishes to acknowledge the bids from India and South Africa.
India made a strong and compelling case due to the scale of the drowning problem and the drowning prevention work that is emerging in Kerala State. Located on the southwest coast of India, the Cochin straddles the backwaters, encompassing the northern end of a peninsula, several islands and a portion of the mainland.
South Africa made a strong case based on its natural beauty and the professional conference centre. ILS carefully considered the opportunity to continue to focus on drowning prevention in Africa – a region with a substantial drowning burden – where ILS membership is growing but where few development agencies recognise the issue. ILS will continue its partnerships in the Africa region, with the hope that a future event could be held in Africa.
Malaysia provided a compelling bid based on legacy for drowning prevention in Malaysia, the region and globally, affordability and access for many nations, professional event management, an outstanding conference facility, a peaceful and safe destination, its proximity to major transport hubs, the support of the local and national Government, and the range and availability of very affordable hotels.
Malaysia has been ranked the “Most peaceful country in South East Asia and the 29th Safest and Most Peaceful Country out of 158 countries in the world” by Global Peace Index 2013. With its population of 28.3million, Malaysia offers a unique vibrant blend of cultures of Asia’s three major races: Malay, Chinese and Indian plus 47 ethnic groups, which are reflected in its cuisines, art and heritage, traditions, lifestyle and year-round festivals.
ILS will take a lead role in the management of the scientific and promotional elements of the event. ILS is committed to working in partnership with Malaysia to ensure that the event is embracing of all partners in the fight to eliminate drowning.
Further details will follow in coming months.