Charter

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UNYANET Charter

Preamble

Name, Aims and Methods

Membership

Observer Status

Organs

Finance

Other Provisions

Dissolution

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Preamble

YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES of Austria, Finland, Germany, Norway, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey;

RESOLVED to support and to spread the belief in the principles of the Charter of the United Nations Organization, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights;

CONVINCED of a better realization of their purposes in a common way;

BEARING IN MIND that young people should be encouraged to devote their energy, enthusiasm and creativity to economic, social and cultural development and the promotion of mutual understanding;

RECALLING resolution 64/134 of 1 February 2010, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to proclaim the “International Year of Youth”, starting in August 2010;

DECIDE to work together under this Charter:

I. Name, Aims and Methods

Article 1.)
The United Nations Youth Associations Network (UNYANET) is an umbrella association for United Nations Youth and/or Student Associations and United Nations Associations – Youth Sections, hereinafter to be referred as UNY(S)As, and  is set up under Art. 60 of the Swiss Civil Code and is seated in Geneva. It may perform its executive work from other duty stations as well;

 

Article 2.)
The association is politically and ideologically independent;

 

Article 3.)
The aim of UNYANET is to:
1. facilitate the cooperation between UNY(S)As;
2. promote the idea of UNY(S)As among political institutions and the civil society in general;
3. support the establishment of UNY(S)As in countries without such institutions;
4. facilitate fundraising;
5. exchange ideas, know-how and best practices;
6. establish common projects, programmes and initiatives;

 

Article 4.)
In order to reach these aims, UNYANET will:
1. establish Working Groups to deal with specific projects and/or issues relevant to the aims of UNYANET;
2. maintain an online presence publishing information on UNYANET activities as well as information on the UNY(S)As;
3. host periodical online conferences as well as presence meetings;
4. actively seek qualified partners, such as political institutions and organizations, UNYAs outside of Europe, UNAs, youth networks, student organizations and NGOs;

 

Article 5.)
UNYANET has no commercial purpose and does not strive for gain. All organs are working on voluntary basis;

 

II. Membership

Article 6.)
Associations who want to be a Member of UNYANET must:
1. have the resources to carry out their national and international activities in a sustainable way;
2. have a well-functioning internal structure;
3. be able to actively contribute to UNYANET;
4. commit themselves to the spirit of the Charter of the United Nations Organization;

 

Article 7.)
UNYANET must be able to carry the workload of integrating the new Member into the network;

 

Article 8.)
Application for Membership has to be presented to the Presidency in written form at least one month before the next General Assembly;

 

Article 9.)
New Members have to be admitted by the General Assembly at the regular annual meeting;

 

Article 10.)
Membership is only open to one Association per country. If two or more Associations per country apply for Membership, or in similar cases, the Presidency has to provide a written case report to the General Assembly, including suggestions;

 

Article 11.)
Members are obliged to:
1. express their will to actively contribute to the work of UNYANET;
2. engage in cooperation with all other members;
3. send an annual report on their activities to UNYANET;
4. inform their national members on the activities of UNYANET;
 

 

Article 12.)
Representatives of Member Associations within UNYANET cannot be older than 35. Each Member Association has to nominate one main representative;

 

Article 13.)
Membership can be revoked by the General Assembly if the Member Association fails to meet the Membership criteria defined in this Charter or in some other way acts contrary to the principles of UNYANET;

 

Article 14.)
Membership is open to all legally established UNY(S)As;

 

Article 15.)
Members have one vote at Members Meetings and the General Assembly;

 

Article 16.)
Those Members which took part at the Constitutional Assembly of UNYANET as signatories shall be regarded as Founding Members;

 

III. Observer Status

Article 17.)
Observer Status requires the same criteria as defined in Articles 4.) to 11.), with the exception of Article 9.);

 

Article 18.)
Observer Status can be given to Associations working in the same field of interest and are affiliated with the United Nations;

 

Article 19.)
Observers have no vote at Members Meetings and the General Assembly;

 

Article 20.)
Observers may apply for participation in UNYANET projects and events;

 

IV. Organs

General Assembly (GA)

Article 21.)
The GA is composed of all member associations;

 

Article 22.)
The GA meets once a year;

 

Article 23.)
The GA is able to make decisions if at least half of the Member Associations are present or have submitted their vote in writing in advance;

 

Article 24.)
Members unable to be present have the right to submit their vote in writing in advance;

 

Article 25.)
Decisions of the GA generally require a simple majority;

 

Article 26.)
In order to clarify or specify certain issues and procedures, the GA may adopt by-laws to the Charter;

 

Article 27.)
The GA is chaired by the Presidency. The chairing can be delegated by the Member Associations present at the GA through voting;

 

Article 28.)
Minutes of the sessions of the GA must be taken;

 

Article 29.)
The main functions of the GA are:
1. approval of the annual report;
2. approval of the financial report;
3. approval of the UNYANET Financial Regulations and membership fee;
4. decisions on Working Groups and voting on their Officers;
5. voting on the Officer of Finance and the Auditor;
6. voting on the Presidency;
7. voting on new Member Associations and Observers;

 

Article 30.)
The following decisions require a two thirds majority of the given votes:
1. overall budgetary affairs;
2. approval of new Member Associations;
3. election of the Presidency, the Officer for Finance and the Auditors;
4. removal from office of the Members of the Presidency, the Working Group Officers and the Officer of Finance and the Auditor;
5. changing of the Charter;
6. revocation of Membership;

 

Article 31.)
A simple majority of the Member Associations is required for an extraordinary GA. It has to be held within three months after the decision and is limited to a specific agenda which has to be introduced along with the decision;

 

Board
Article 32.)
The Board consists of the Presidency and the Working Group Officers;

 

Article 33.)
The Board is the executive organ according to Art. 69 of the Swiss Civil Code, if not limited by the law or this Charter;

 

Article 34.)
The Board decides by simple majority. If an equal number of votes is cast, the Presidency´s vote is decisive. If the Board cannot reach a decision, the issue at hand is passed to the General Assembly;

 

Article 35.)
The Board meets as often as required but not necessarily in person. Each Board member can request a meeting. The meetings are chaired by the Presidency. Minutes of these meetings are taken and must be made available to full Members after approval by the Board;

 

Article 36.)
The Board operates on voluntary basis, necessary expenses are reimbursed;

 

Presidency

 

Article 37.)
The Members of the Presidency have to be representatives of Member Associations;

 

Article 38.)
The Presidency is carried out by two persons elected by the GA for the term of one year;

 

Article 39.)
The main tasks of the Presidency are:
1. organization of the GA;
2. organization of regular Member Meetings;
3. annual report;
4. case reports on Membership applications;
5. reviewing the UNYANET Financial Regulations
6. communication within UNYANET and distribution of information;
7. representation of UNYANET;
8. keeping the organizational work of UNYANET in a sustainable way;

 

Article 40.)
The Presidency takes decisions together. If the Presidency cannot reach a decision, the issue at hand is resolved by the Board;

 

Working Groups
Article 41.)
The Working Groups execute the work they were appointed for by the GA;

 

Article 42.)
Each Working Group is led by one Officer who is elected by the GA and has to be a representative of a Member Association;
 

 

Article 43.)
The main tasks of the Working Group Officers are:
1. organization of regular meetings with members of the Working Groups;
2. trimonthly update on the current status of the Working Group;
3. representation of UNYANET in topics related to the work of the Working Group in cooperation with the Presidency;

 

V. Finance
Article 44.)
To achieve its aim and function, the association has the following financial resources available:
1. membership fee;
2. income from own events;
3. subventions;
4. income from agreements of benefit;
5. donations and contributions of every kind;

 

Article 45.)
The fiscal year starts with the end of the General Assembly and ends with the following;

 

Article 46.)
If the membership fee is not paid by a member association, the voting rights at the GA will be suspended until payment of the outstanding debts;

 

Article 47.)
The membership fee will be not reimbursed if a member leaves or gets excluded from the association during a fiscal year;

 

Officer of Finance and Auditor
Article 48.)
The Officer of Finance and the Auditor are responsible for the financial affairs of UNYANET;

 

Article 49.)
The Auditor can be an individual or a legal person.

 

Article 50.)
The Officer of Finance and the Auditor are elected by the GA for the term of one year;

 

Article 51.)
The Officer of Finance and the Auditor have to be representatives of different Member Associations;

 

Article 52.)
The main tasks of the Officer of Finance and the Auditor are outlined in the UNYANET Financial Regulations;

VI. Other Provisions
Article 53.)
All binding documents approved by the Board shall be signed by a Member of the Presidency;

 

Article 54.)
The association is liable for its obligations with its assets. Such liability is limited to these assets unless the articles of the association provide otherwise. Members are never to be hold accountable for debts of the association;

 

Article 55.)
UNYANET recognises UNYANET Alumni as its official alumni association. The Board of UNYANET Alumni may nominate one observer to the UNYANET Board and General Assembly.

 

VII. Dissolution

Article 56.)
To dissolve UNYANET, an extraordinary GA with that specific agenda item is necessary. For this decision, a two-thirds majority of all Member Associations, including a two-thirds majority of the Founding Members is necessary. In case the association is dissolved, the assets of the association are donated to a tax-exempted association that has the same or equivalent aims as UNYANET. The distribution of the assets to the Members is not possible;

 

In witness whereof the UNYANET Presidency has signed this Charter

 

Michael Klampfl

Tjalke Weber

Ljubljana, Slovenia, 23 August, 2013

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