International Association of Conference Interpreters
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The International Association of Conference Interpreters (AIIC – Association internationale des interprètes de conférence) was founded in 1953. It represents over 3,000 members present in over 100 countries.
AIIC is the only global association of conference interpreters. Since the very early days of modern conference interpreting, AIIC has promoted high standards of quality and ethics in the profession and represented the interests of its practitioners.
AIIC is active in all areas affecting conference interpreting and works for the benefit of all conference interpreters and for the profession as a whole. AIIC sets professional and ethical standards for the profession and promotes the working conditions that high quality interpreting requires. The Association also contributes its expertise to ensure that future generations of interpreters will be trained to today's high standards.
The association has a strict admissions procedure based on a peer review system, intended to guarantee high-quality interpreting and professionalism. Candidates must be sponsored by interpreters who have been AIIC members for at least five years. AIIC members are required to abide by the association’s code of ethics and its professional standards.
AIIC liaises with a number of international organisations (e.g., the EU and the United Nations) and negotiates the working conditions for all of their non-staff interpreters, including non-members. The AIIC goals are to secure acceptable working conditions for interpreters, to ensure professional interpretation, and to raise public awareness of the interpreting profession. It is also involved in other areas of the profession, such as:
- programmes for young conference interpreters - VEGA;
- continuing professional development;
- new technologies in conference interpretation;
- court and legal interpretation;
- interpretation in conflict areas, and
- "preservation of World Linguistic Heritage".
AIIC issues a webzine named Communicate!.
- AIIC Declaration on the Preservation of World Linguistic Heritage.
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