FIGO Announces XXIV World Congress to Convene in Paris, France in October 2023

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) today announced that the XXIV FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics will be held at the Paris Convention Centre in Paris, France, on 9–13 October 2023. The 2023 FIGO World Congress will be hosted by FIGO and the Collège National des Gynécologues et Obstétriciens Français (CNGOF).

For almost 70 years, FIGO’s World Congresses have brought together thousands of obstetricians, gynaecologists, midwives, nurses, allied physicians and other health professionals in the field of women’s health and policy from countries around the world. Representing a broad and diverse range of fields, these international health professionals will meet in France in 2023 alongside key decision makers, NGOs, patients and health and rights advocates.

The destination selection process for FIGO 2023 saw engaging bids from across Europe from learned obstetric and gynaecologic societies, all of which offered superb venues and access to preeminent scholars. Paris stood out for its strong interest in the diversity of potential attendees, covering trainees, midwives and the broad scope of obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as the opportunity for FIGO to collaborate with a Francophone host society on a World Congress for the first time in 27 years.

On hosting the event in Paris, Professor Jöelle Belaisch-Allart, CNGOF President, said,

“The XXIV FIGO World Congress in Paris will be a great opportunity to bring together diverse professionals in women’s health care from across the globe. Impactful projects in all areas of women’s health will surely grow from this cross-pollination and the voice of FIGO will echo louder and clearer as a beacon for women’s health and wellbeing globally.”

On behalf of FIGO, Dr Jeanne Conry, President Elect at FIGO, said,

“FIGO looks forward to this celebration of women’s health in the City of Lights! We will have an incredible scientific programme to attract scholars to our Congress. And with the engagement and dedication of the CNGOF – coupled with the attraction of a city like Paris – we will come together with colleagues, families and friends to participate in and enjoy this important World Congress.”

FIGO is excited to be visiting Paris in 2023 for what will be the first ever hybrid FIGO World Congress. FIGO and CNGOF will bring together delegates from across Europe and beyond – virtually and in-person – for a fabulous World Congress that will showcase science, collegiality, collaboration and the beauty of France.

More information about the venue, programme and sponsorship opportunities will be released across 2021 and 2022.


Notes to editors

About the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)

FIGO is a professional organisation that brings together more than 130 obstetrical and gynaecological associations from all over the world. FIGO’s vision is that women of the world achieve the highest possible standards of physical, mental, reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing throughout their lives. We lead on global programme activities, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.

FIGO advocates on a global stage, especially in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pertaining to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and non-communicable diseases (SDG3). We also work to raise the status of women and enable their active participation to achieve their reproductive and sexual rights, including addressing female-genital mutilation (FGM) and gender-based violence (SDG5).

We also provide education and training for our Member Societies and build capacities of those from low-resource countries through strengthening leadership, good practice and promotion of policy dialogues.

FIGO is in official relations with the World Health Organization and a consultative status with the United Nations.

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Rob Hucker
Head of Communications and Engagement