As will have become clear to many of you, the 2020 GDN Annual Meeting had to be cancelled earlier this March due to the rise of the COVID-19 virus as a worldwide pandemic. The cancellation has been a difficult but unavoidable decision, and in retrospect, we can only say that it was the right decision. The GDN as a foundation will undoubtedly suffer a setback in its means of subsistence, but at the end of the day, all such concerns pale into insignificance against the backdrop of the currently unfolding global drama, with infections and casualties mounting, countries closing borders and global mobility simply halted. All we can say is to please take care, look after your family and loved ones, and let’s hope the pandemic will recede rather sooner than later.
As all of us constantly seek to adjust to this new environment, embracing digital tools to keep the semblance of normalcy, we at the GDN are doing our bit to bring in digital modes of delivery. In the coming days and weeks, we will reach out to all our stakeholders with updates about delivering the 2020 conference content in digital formats, such as videoed presentations and webinars.
Thank you to our sponsors and supporters
We would like to extend a special word of thanks to the delegates, sponsors and local service providers that were in a position to donate their sponsorship money, registration fees and advance deposits, thus demonstrating their understanding, commitment and generosity to the GDN.