In 2020 it will be 25 years since the WFO charter was signed on 15th May,1995 in San Francisco.
The year 2019-20 will be celebrated as the silver jubilee year of the WFO. The celebration will see activities around the globe that will showcase the history and growth of the organization. It will also be a celebration of the specialty of orthodontics and its impact on oral health across the world.
The yearlong celebration will culminate at the 9th IOC Oct. 4-7, 2020, at the Pacifico Yokohama Convention Complex in Yokohama, Japan. Please visit http://www.wfo2020yokohama.org for more information.
The Japanese Orthodontic Society believes that holding the 9th IOC in Japan will be a great opportunity for all orthodontists to share the most current research findings and treatment practices that the Japanese orthodontic community and colleagues from around the world have developed. “It will deepen ties between orthodontics and other related domains worldwide, so that our area of specialization can further develop as an important pillar of health science,” said Dr. Keiji Moriyama, the Executive Director of the JOS, and the Executive Committee Member of the WFO from Japan.
As part of the celebrations of the upcoming Silver Jubilee of the WFO in 2020, the WFO ran a competition to create a logo for this event. The winner of the WFO 25th Anniversary Logo competition was Dr. Saad Nafaa, a WFO fellow from Jenin City, Palestine.
“I chose colors that are similar to the logo colors of the WFO, and it symbolizes a tooth in the shape of a heart, which means that we have been working with love for 25 years says Dr. Nafaa. Our carefully-done work derives from our love and passion for our profession as orthodontists, and the love and care about that we have for patients and desire to give provide excellent care regardless of the material income.
“One of the most prominent objectives of the WFO is to spread love among orthodontists no matter their ethnicity, background or race, and this is what the WFO has been doing for the past twenty-five years,” adds Dr. Nafaa. “I really hope that this logo, with its content, will help the orthodontic profession in stepping forward toward the best - and help bring together all of the world’s orthodontists under the roof of this great federation.”