March 26th 2022
Council of Delegates
Communique for March 26th, 2022 virtual CoD
Building a common future together in the age of chaos: the world needs actions, and projects
This is the fourth time in the 57 years of IPMA history that we have held our Council of Delegates in a virtual
way, dictated not only by the pandemic, but also because of the war in Ukraine, resulting in the suffering
and forced migration of many people and a global impact that is still difficult to imagine.
Today more than ever before, all of us continue to learn how to carry on in these circumstances of
necessary change and transformation. We act today and envision and hope for a better future for all,
where we can all live in peace and harmony.
During the days preceding the last IPMA CoD meeting we made a great effort together with our Member
Associations addressing initiatives at local and regional levels. At this first Council of Delegates
meeting in 2022, as an international community of, IPMA nations which is the largest, most diverse
and multicultural professional network that exists in our profession, we would like to share the following
message: “we need more facts, more realities, that help those in need today and also ideas, projects for
reconstruction and a new sustainable future”.
Beyond words and statements, we need to contribute to making good things happen for those in need
today in Ukraine and throughout the region. We would like to design a future that will be necessary and
difficult and that will be challenging. Now more than ever, projects and professional project management
experts are needed.
Some of the specific actions proposed by our Associations and the Executive Board are the following:
» Support the professional development (i.e. training, certification) at no cost to Ukrainians;
» Invite project management professionals from Ukraine to join our meetings at no cost:
• IPMA Serbia, which is host and co-organizer of the next international research conference
on project management (June, Belgrade), will offer free registration to all professionals from
• The Certification Body in the Netherlands will charge no fees to Ukranian citizens who would like
to apply for certification. Certification Bodies in other countries are also investigating this.
Other similar initiatives from other member associations will be communicated soon. Under our social
initiative IPMA C4D-Coaching for Development, a call is opened to present joint actions with other
NFP organizations, professional associations, communities of practitioners to join forces and address
challenges in a local, regional and global way.
IPMA Chairman Dr. Jesus Martinez Almela highlights that the most important thing now addressing
the level of change and transformation management required by a portfolio will largely depend on
the amount of disruption created in individuals’ and groups’ day-to-day lives, plus attributes such as
culture, value system and history with past changes. In our previous CoD meeting, in September 2021
we addressed that building a sustainable future means supporting those individuals and countries that
are in need. At the moment this is the case. And I am proud that as IPMA, our large global network of
member and affiliated associations are rising to the challenge and providing meaningful support to the
people of Ukraine.
The current world situation requires flexibility and adaptability in order to move forward to a sustainable
free world. Let’s work together to make this happen.
We will continue our work worldwide and see the future in a much more peacefully, freedom, equitable
and sustainable, addressing the present as well post war reality.
Ukraine MA is exempted from the membership fee for 2 years – 2022 and 2023.
Jesus Martinez Almela, IPMA Council of Delegates Chairman
VIRTUAL IPMA COUNCIL OF DELEGATES MEETING, MARCH 26th 2022
IPMA CoD Chair Dr. Jesus Martinez-Almela is available for comment via email@example.com