Time really flies! At the twilight of 2016 we can definitely say that this year was challenging but gratifying. To run a global federation like the Fédération Cynologique Internationale is not an easy task. Cultural, political and vision differences bring conflicts that must be promptly resolved, taking into consideration how the results will affect the cynological community. Thanks to a great team work and efforts we managed to solve the issues we were faced with during this past year.

After months of speculations regarding the ability of the RKF to organise the World Dog Show 2016, the most important dog show in the World was a world-class event with marvelous dogs, incredible hospitality and excellent press. On the other hand we were sad to hear that Ecuador resigned from the organisation of the FCI General Assembly and the World Dog Show 2017. Making history, the VDH, in an unprecedented situation, took a step forward to organise both events in Leipzig, Germany, next November. We are grateful and proud that the VDH took this huge responsibility.

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Rafael de Santiago
FCI President
The General Secretariat of the FCI meets local and main partners to review the most successful 2016 activities

On December 12th, over thirty people met and spent a very pleasant time at the global headquarters of our federation. The season is ideally suited for stocktaking and warm meetings with those who have meant so much throughout the year. It was the perfect time for us to invite our partners to join us in celebrating our best achievements for 2016 and, above all, our great cooperation.

I have a feeling that we have succeeded in bringing together a fantastic team of passionate and wilful people around projects that have turned out to be federative, entertaining and likely to draw the attention of confident participants on another way of discovering our cities and establishing relationships with our fellow citizens.

The bond is none other than the dog, which was placed at the centre of all those activities, and which quite simply brought us together.

Again, many thanks for your input and confidence. I do hope you will all come forward to reboot next year's editions of the dog walk and the cynothon – and why not launch new projects?

The President of the FCI, Mr Rafael de Santiago, wouldn't have missed such opportunity to get to know our partners and share a few words with them.

Marie Luna Durán
FCI Marketing & Public Relations Manager