TITLE I - Constitution, aims and assets

Article 1 Name - headquarters

A voluntary organisation is hereby set up called the 'World union for peace and fundamental rights and the rights of peoples' (UNIPAX), with its headquarters in via Museo, 67 36061 Bassano Del Grappa (VI) - Italy - hereinafter referred to as UNIPAX.

Any transfer of headquarters shall not entail changes to this statute.

Article 2 Nature and duration

UNIPAX shall be a non-party and non-sectarian organisation without any even indirect profit-making aims, which shall carry out its work in compliance with the legal provisions governing ONLUS (socially useful non-profit making organisations), in particular those laid down in laws Nos 266/91, 460/98 and the relevant implementing provisions.

UNIPAX shall be of unlimited duration, notwithstanding the terms of the law and the contents of these statutes.

The dissolution of the organisation shall be decided by an extraordinary meeting of the Assembly by a three-quarters majority of its fully paid-up members. In this case the Assembly shall appoint a liquidator and a coordinator, determine the duration of their terms of office and the powers conferred on them and any remuneration envisaged.

Once liquidation has been completed, the movable and immovable assets of the organisation shall be handed over to non-profit making organisations and bodies with similar aims.

Article 3 Aims

UNIPAX shall be constituted in order to pursue the following aims:

to promote the process of Europe on unification, understood as a tangible form of supranational institution able to guarantee peace and harmonious coexistence among peoples in accordance with democratic rules;

to unite and coordinate, at international level, persons, organisations and measures aimed at promoting peace, collaboration and the spiritual union of peoples in the interests of a better quality of life based on peaceand the promotion of a new humanism;

to broaden and deepen scientific and cultural exchanges, as well as disseminating moral principles and ideas to enable all men of goodwill, as members of the human race, directly or through the associations to which they belong, to obtain all the broadest possible consensus in the interests of carrying out measures for peace and ensure that the major problems facing humanity and threatening its survival are seriously tackled and, if possible, solved;

to liaise between national and international public and private institutions, recognised and de facto associations, and individual citizens committed to peace projects;

to promote regular, if possible annual, meetings to develop know-how concerning problems and situations emerging during the relevant period and relating to peace;

to study the philosophical, historical, religious, political, moral, legal and economic ideas on which the ideals of peace are based;

to acquaint the general public, inter alia via the media, about the work, activities and decisions which make a tangible, directly and scientifically ascertainable contribution to peace as a real asset for humanity;

to carry out research, inter alia in collaboration with universities and cultural institutes, aimed at finding the underlying, external and sometimes hidden factors working against peace, and inform the general public of their findings;

to set up a 'world register of peace workers' making it possible to identify and become acquainted with individuals and organisations, whether or not legally recognised, with a true commitment to the ideal of peace, to enable them to work better together and develop appropriate synergies for peace-building;

to devise, propose and execute innovative projects which will have a positive impact on public and private education programmes in each individual country;

to make provision for services for the benefit of families, ethnic minorities and social groups encountering problems as a result of conflict or war, in order to facilitate their integration into the host communities and possible reintegration in their countries of origin;

to promote social and cultural meetings by setting up a "Permanent World Forum for a New Humanism and peace", in order to identify and define shared expectations and joint positions to be upheld in the institutions of the European Union, the Council of Europe, the UN and other international bodies;

to organise visits to institutions and cultural exchanges in order to bring people closer to institutions and organisations and ensure that the citizens of various countries meet and become acquainted with one another.

Article 4 Assets

The economic resources and assets of UNIPAX shall consist of:

subscriptions paid in accordance with the terms laid down by the Assembly;

movable and immovable assets, legacies and donations from private individuals from entities interested in promoting the work of the organisation;

public contributions, sums reimbursed in respect of services rendered, payments for projects and training courses, fund-raising and promotional campaigns;

revenue resulting from the management of UNIPAX assets, in accordance with the criteria approved by the Assembly;

revenue resulting from any other initiative approved by the Assembly on a proposal by the Board of Directors.

Those who have legal liability for UNIPAX shall not be answerable for the actions of individual members and shall operate in accordance with the guidelines approved by the Assembly and the Board of Directors.

Article 5 Members

MEMBERS: those who take part personally or by proxy in the notarial act setting up UNIPAX;
MEMBERS: those who are accepted on the basis of an application submitted in accordance with the terms laid down in Article 6;
MEMBERS: natural and legal persons who accept the position and are appointed on the basis of particular merit demonstrated in the exercise of activities consistent with the aims of UNIPAX;
MEMBERS: those who contribute financially or with services and/or technologies to the activities of UNIPAX.

Article 6 Admission and appointment of ordinary, honorary and contributing members lapsing of founder and ordinary members

1) The following may become ordinary members of UNIPAX: natural and legal persons residing or having their head office on the territory of the European Union or in a country with which Italy maintains diplomatic relations. In order to enrol, those seeking to become members must submit a written application to the chairman, enclosing a letter of introduction from at least two founder, ordinary or honorary and/or contributing members. The application, accompanied by a brief curriculum vitae for individuals and a summary report of activities for organisations, must indicate, in addition to personal details and details of the applicant's tax and/or professional position, a declaration that the applicant enjoys full civil rights and is committed to full compliance with these Statutes, the 'Ethical Protocol' and the Rules of Procedure yet to be adopted. The chairman shall examine applications obtaining the opinion of the Board of Directors, and applications shall be accepted or rejected by the assembly at the first orinary meeting following the date of submission.

2) Founder and ordinary members shall pay membership fees, the amount and conditions being laid down by the Assembly. Only fully paid-up members may vote and stand for election in UNIPAX. Members who have failed to pay their dues for more than one year shall be considered to have lapsed, but they may reapply for membership in accordance with the procedures set out above.

3) Honorary and contributing members shall be appointed by the Board of Directors on a proposal from the Chairman, who shall state his reasons in a specific and brief report to be recorded in the minutes. Nominations submitted by ordinary members must be addressed to the chairman, who shall examine them and submit them to the board of directors. Honorary and/or contributing members, who are not obliged to pay membership fees, shall not be entitled to vote.


Article 7 Conduct of activities

In pursuing the aims set out in Article 3 UNIPAX shall enlist the assistance of voluntary members working without payment; they shall be entitled only to reimbursement of the expenses incurred, within the limits and under the terms laid down by the Board of Directors, as referred to in Article 11.

UNIPAX may enlist the assistance of employees or paid advisers within strict limits dictated by the organisation's operational requirements.

UNIPAX, as a liaison and coordination body, shall also work with and be assisted by institutions and bodies which, by virtue of their legal position, may not be members of the organisation, for example regional, provincial and local authorities and groups thereof, mountain district councils and hence they shall not take part in decisions concerning the activities of the organisation but shall be party to the 'Ethical Protocol' referred to in Annex A to these Statutes.

UNIPAX may also collaborate with other organisations which by their very nature cannot be members, for example religious communities, trade union organisations, political parties etc., which intend to encourage and support the work of UNIPAX, by signing the 'Ethical Protocol' annexed to these statutes and by making suggestions and additional proposals for the achievement of the objectives of UNIPAX. Any amendment to the 'Ethical Protocol', which must be approved by the Assembly, shall not entail amendments to the Statutes.

UNIPAX may have decentralised offices which may also be legally autonomous, or it may be split up into departments or working groups and 'Euroclubs' following specific decisions taken by the Board of Directors, which must be communicated to the Assembly.

Article 8 Organs

The following shall be organs of UNIPAX:
a) the Assembly
b) the Board of Directors

c) the Chairman

d) the Board

e) the Audit Commission.

Article 9 The ordinary Assembly and election of the organs

The Assembly of members shall constitute the sovereign power of the organisation and shall decide the policy of UNIPAX; it shall be convened by the Chairman once a year or at the request of the Board of Directors or one fifth of the fully paid up members.

The ordinary Assembly shall be convened by the Chairman at the end of the six-month period following the previous assembly, with at least fifteen days' notice given by a registered letter.

This letter shall indicate the place, day and time of the meeting and the agenda.

Members who cannot attend may be represented by other members who are given right of proxy in writing. No member may represent more than two other members.

The ordinary Assembly shall be chaired by the Chairman, assisted by the Secretary and, if necessary, by other people, who shall produce a succinct but detailed report of the deliberations of the Assembly, specifying the subjects put to the vote and the outcome of the vote. The Assembly shall decide by a simple majority of those voting and the quorum shall be one half plus one of the enrolled members at the first meeting, and of the members present at the second meeting.

In addition to deciding on the guidelines and policy decisions of UNIPAX the Assembly shall:

elect the chairman, the members of the Board of Directors, the Arbitration Board and the Audit Commission;

examine and approve the annual report and the report of the Audit Commission and the draft budget;

determine each year the amount of the membership subscription and how it should be paid;

propose useful and appropriate initiatives aimed at achieving the objectives of UNIPAX;

Article 10 Extraordinary meetings of the Assembly

Extraordinary meetings of the Assembly shall be held exclusively in order to adopt amendments to the Statutes or to dissolve UNIPAX. They shall be convened by the chairman if he deems it necessary or if he receives a well-reasoned written request from a majority of the members of the Board of Directors or from at least one fifth of the fully paid up members.

They shall be held in accordance with the same conditions as those envisaged for ordinary meetings, except for the quorum, which shall be two thirds of the members, and decisions, which shall be adopted by a qualified majority of two thirds of the properly constituted assembly.

Article 11 Board of Directors - composition, role and competences

The Board of Directors shall consist of twelve members, seven of them elected from among the founder members and four from among the ordinary members, in addition to the chairman, to be elected by all the members. Its term of office shall be three years. The board of directors is entitled to co-opt up to five qualified experts by a consultative vote. It shall meet within eight days of its election to elect from among its members, the Vice-Chairman and the Secretary-General on a proposal by the chairman, and shall appoint the Secretary and Treasurer. The members of the first Board of Directors shall be elected from among the founder members. Decisions of the board of directors shall be adopted by an absolute majority of those present; in the event of a tie the chairman shall have the casting vote. Members of the board of directors who fail to attend three consecutive meetings without any justification shall be considered to have resigned and shall be replaced by those who were nominated but not elected, until the end of the mandate. The members of the board of directors shall work without remuneration and shall be entitled only to reimbursement of the expenses incurred in carrying out their duties.

Article 12 The Chairman

The chairman shall be the legal representative of UNIPAX and shall remain in office for three years. He shall ensure compliance with the provisions of the Statutes and Rules of Procedure, and convene and chair ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the Assembly and the Board of Directors. He shall sign the minutes of meetings together with the secretary, ensure the implementation of the decisions of the above-mentioned organs, and represent the organisation in any court; when, as a matter of urgency, he acts autonomously, his action must be submitted for ratification at the first convenient meeting of the Board of Directors. If he is unable to carry out his duties the chairman shall delegate a vice-chairman to replace him for all purposes and take up office in his place if he resigns before the end of his terms of office.

Article 13 The Secretary-General

The Secretary-General shall assist the chairman and the other organs in the activities for which they are responsible; he shall act on behalf of the chairman, in particular as regards coordination with other bodies, organisations and associations, and shall draw up conventions and any other agreement relevant to the achievement of the organisation's aims.

Article 14 Treasurer

The Treasurer, appointed by the Board of Directors, shall draw up budgets and accounts and explain their content to the Board of Directors, the Assembly and the Court of Auditors. He shall manage the funds of the organisation and carry out transactions on bank and/or post office current accounts jointly with the chairman. In his absence he shall be replaced by one of the directors.

Article 15 Court of Arbitration

1) The Court of Arbitration shall consist of three full members and two substitutes, elected by an ordinary meeting of the assembly from among the members, if possible from different geographical areas. The members shall remain in office for three years, they cannot be re-elected immediately after two consecutive mandates and may not occupy other high positions in the organisation simultaneously.

2) The Court shall decide on appeals lodged by members who are the subject of sanctions adopted by the Board of Directors. These appeals must be forwarded within 60 days of notification, via the chairman. The decision of the Court of Arbitration is final.

Article 16 Court of Auditors

The Court of Auditors shall consist of three full members and two substitutes, elected by an ordinary meeting of the Assembly from among its members. The members shall remain in office for three years, can be re-elected and may not hold any other high office within UNIPAX.

The chairman shall notify those concerned of the outcome of the election and, if anyone turns down office or resigns, he shall replace them according to the number of votes obtained by candidates for the relevant position on the Court of Auditors. After accepting office, the full and substitute members of the Court of Auditors shall be summoned by the chairman to elect the chairman of the Court by a simple majority and in a secret ballot. For the meetings of the Court of Auditors to be valid, the chairman and at least one full member must be present; if full members cannot be present they shall be replaced by substitute auditors.

The Court of Auditors shall check the draft budget and the annual report drawn up by the treasurer.

Article 17 Transitional and final provisions

Matters not covered by these Statutes shall be covered by the provisions of the Civil Code, general framework legislation laid down under the legal system and in the treaties and international agreements ratified by Italy.