Charter of the Intergovernmental Organization
«UN ALLIANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS»
Name, registered office and fiscal year
The Intergovernmental Organization determines its name
«UNASDG | UN ALLIANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS»
The present charter establishes the intergovernmental organization (IGO) to be known by the full name „UNASDG | UN Alliance for Sustainable Development Goals“, and by the official short name „UNASDG” (hereinafter “Organization”), as the institutional framework for a collective of member states supported by member institutions, to facilitate international cooperation in furtherance of their common interests, for the benefit of humanity, enhanced and empowered by the infrastructure and authorities under international law of an intergovernmental organization (IGO).
1.1. The activity of the Organization is based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets established by the United Nations to improve life all around the globe.
1.2. The nature and institutional character of UNASDG shall be intergovernmental, but not political. It increases the awareness and reinforces the attention and importance on health, education, culture and sports as a basis for the enforcement and ability to achieve the 17 SDGs until 2030.
1.3. By raising awareness and focusing on comprehensive education, it empowers and encourages leaders and the whole population to develop the necessary activities in every area of life and to raise social life at all levels by developing programs to increase national sovereignty, independent strengthening of the economy and protection of natural resources.
1.4. It promotes national culture, intercultural relations and cultural education, contributes to national and international understanding and cooperation between countries, cities, organizations, associations, alliances, without global governance.
It supports the establishment of cultural meeting places as well as the associated infrastructure. It develops sport activities and training programs, with and without competition, and promotes health education.
1.5. It supports the formation, enhancement and elevation of ethical values for the entire social life. It contributes to the exchange of knowledge and the promotion and establishment of new technologies to improve living conditions.
1.6. Activities include the promotion of sustainable environmental development projects on the basis of humanitarian, social and cultural foundations, the preparation, evaluation and coordination of micro- and macroeconomic analyses and support for its implementation, the support of institutions and organizations, the integration and implementation of the activities in coordination with municipalities, governments and state bodies. It is envisaged to register the association in the association register.
1.7. The Organization is based on the principles of international law, the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic and Consular Relations, international regulations and normative acts of the Republic of Austria and the decisions of its governing bodies. It always carries out its activities in accordance with the standards of international law signed between the Republic of Austria and other states, based on the respective and individual bilateral treaties according to the activities related to the 17 SDGs in general and in fields of health, innovative technologies, energy, sports, education and culture.
1.8. The Organization acquires the status of the legal person according to the laws of the United Kingdomof Great Britain and Northern Ireland (hereinafter called “UK”). It is entitled to conclude contracts in his own name to acquire assets and non-assets, to perform duties as plaintiffs or defendants, including international courts, funds and other assets, including abroad, provided that this is not regulated otherwise by the valid legislation of the respective country.
1.9. The Organization has its legal residence at 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JQ, United Kingdom.
1.10. The financial year is the calendar year.
Objectives, Association Purpose, Tasks and Activities of the Organization
2.1 The Association's mission is to promote sustainable ecological development projects in the fields of health, innovative technologies, energy, sports, education and culture. The preparation, evaluation and coordination of micro- and macroeconomic analyses and support in their implementation, support of institutions, organizations, auditing companies.
It is planned to carry out the activities of the organization at the international level in coordination with municipalities, governments and agencies, based on the 17 SDGs with 169 goals set by the United Nations to improve life around the world by supporting the implementation of the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by Resolution 217 A (III) of the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10. December 1948, the humanitarian article of the 1975 Helsinki Final Conference on Security and Security Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the provisions of the Vienna Convention of 18. April 1961 on diplomatic relations, the Vienna Convention on the Representation of States in their Relations with International Organizations of a Universal Character of 14. 03. 1975, as well as the norms of international law signed between the Republic of Austria and the other states on the basis of the respective treaties related to the goals of the 17 SDGs, in order to ensure the high level of cooperation and accountability, to promote the establishment of cooperation networks and social, cultural and economic development programs, to provide the consultations, recommendations, direct actions and support on issues related to the scope of the treaties on all SDG activities, as long as the IGO has not established its internal law.
2.2 The purpose of the Statute shall be achieved in particular through the following actions:
2.3. the aim of the organization is to carry out the intended promotion and support activities and to establish and develop, with the help of the intended institutions, a worldwide network and independent regional representations in order to ensure smooth operations and direct interfaces and administrative procedures for members and affiliated structures at national and international levels.
2.4 It is also the responsibility of the organization to monitor and, if necessary, support relevant institutions and organizations to ensure legal certainty.
2.5 To this end, the organization supports and monitors the implementation of sustainable environmental, educational, social, cultural and economic development projects and related financing activities, especially in connection with the implementation of projects and processes of any kind.
The organization offers itself as a contact point, conveys information and will serve as an international forum for the education of the population within the scope of its possibilities, thus contributing to the promotion of the creation and maintenance of appropriate structures.
Authorities of Codified International Law
3.1 Under the United Nations Convention on Immunity from Jurisdiction of States and their Property, an intergovernmental organization (IGO) is an "instrumentality" of its member states authorized to perform acts "in the exercise of sovereign powers" of its member states in joint cooperation, and is therefore defined as a "state" that is sovereign in its own right (Article 2.1(b)(III)) and thus has the same full judicial immunity as any nation-state (Article 5). Therefore, all other UN conventions and international law defining the rights, sovereignty, privileges and immunities of States apply fully and equally to an intergovernmental organization (IGO).
3.2. According to the United Nations Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Interference and Intervention in the Internal Affairs of States, the activities of an intergovernmental organization (IGO) constitute the conduct of "external affairs" of its sovereign member states, such that "no State has the right to interfere or interfere in any way or for any reason" (Preamble: Item 1); an IGO constitutes a common "institution" of its constituent member states, thus invoking "the duty of a State to refrain from any action or attempt, in whatever form or on whatever pretext, to destabilize or undermine the stability of another State or any of its institutions" (SDG Item 2(e)). The activities of an IGO constitute the exercise of "the right of States to participate actively in the resolution of outstanding international issues on an equal basis" (SDG section 3).
Intergovernmental Organization (IGO)
UNASDG is an Intergovernmental Organization, working as a global platform for advancing the highest standards of effective humanitarian, sports-minded, educational and cultural programs, as an international organization comprised of constituent member states and relevant supporting member institutions, exercising full juridical personality of public international law, possessing the legal capacity to institute legal and judicial proceedings, enter into and enforce legal contracts and other binding agreements, and to acquire, manage and dispose of tangible, intangible, movable and immovable property.
Sovereignty of Supra-Governmental Statehood
The Organization may assert, exercise and uphold its sovereignty of supra-governmental statehood under international law. Accordingly, it may enter into and ratify treaties, establish official diplomatic relations with states and intergovernmental organizations, maintain and direct its own diplomatic corps, observer corps and intervention corps, and issue its own official diplomatic passports as valid international travel documents with diplomatic privileges and immunities under international law. The diplomatic status of the Organization and its officers shall be duly certified by the issuance of diplomatic identity cards for its officers and diplomatic plates for its vehicles.
Headquarters Agreements with States
The Organization may conclude multiple headquarters agreements with sovereign states and autonomous administrative territorial authorities. For member states, the act of accession to the present charter constitutes legal adhesion and accession to the constitution of the Organization and carries the inherent obligations analogous to those customarily provided by headquarters agreements.
Accession to Charter by Member States
The accession of Member States to this Charter confers upon the Organization full official recognition of its own sovereignty and legal personality under international law, judicial immunity of the Organization and its activities, diplomatic immunity and inviolability of all officers, premises, equipment and assets of the Organization, exemption from direct or indirect taxes or duties on all donations, funds, equipment and property transferred to the Organization, and the legal capacity to bring suit in any court of competent jurisdiction to enforce these sovereign privileges and immunities without the necessity of entering into a headquarters agreement.
Reservation of Waiver of Sovereign Immunities
The waiver of any sovereign or diplomatic privileges or immunities of the Organization or any of its officers, is exclusively reserved to the Presidium of the Senate, Senators,the President and the Vice President and their afiiated spheres (family, attedants, etc.), strictly on a case-by-case basis. Such waiver can only be effective by a formal statement in writing issued in the official capacity as president of the Senate or President of the Organization. The waiver of any specific privilege or immunity shall be inherently limited to apply only to the relevant subject matter of the particular case and shall not be construed to imply any waiver of any other privileges or immunities in the same nor in any other case.
Infrastructure Management by Non-Government-Organization
9.1. The Organization, by and through a collective of its appointed trustees of negotiating the States, has nominated the to be new registered autonomous and independent corporation, acting as Financial Division for Compliance and Protection (FDCP) named «UNASDG Finance Ltd», 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JQ, United Kingdom, represented by the Chief Executive Officers Dr. Ian-Peter Anderson and Mr. Patrick Meyer and/or the registered autonomous and independent social association, acting also as United Nations registered Non-Government-Organization (NGO) with UN-Representative Status named «CSR Dialogforum - Verein zur Förderung nachhaltigen Wirtschaftens», 1010 Vienna, Austria.
9.2. For all practical purposes, which by various laws and practices of states traditionally require an incorporated legal entity to receive or exercise certain rights or benefits, the NGOs shall serve as the registered entity representing the Organization as its fiduciary trustee as fully integral part of the IGO.
9.3. For any such purposes, as and when deemed necessary or beneficial by the General Secretariat of the President, the NGO shall provide management of infrastructure on behalf of the Organization, including operating banking facilities, providing payment processing services for non-profit donations, holding any relevant licenses or certificates, registering and documenting tax-deductibility of non-profit donations and tax-exemption of charitable budgets, and any other practical functions.
10.1 The Organization shall be constituted by Member States, which may be countries, nation-states, other sovereign subjects of international law, or intergovernmental organizations (IGOs).
10.2 Member States shall become part of the Organization by accession, subject to acceptance by the General Secretariat of the President, in accordance with the procedures established in the Statute.
10.3 Only Member States shall have voting rights in the Organization, and all votes shall be equal, as all nations must be equal under international law. The Organization shall seek to create and provide benefits and advantages for its member nations:
10.4 The Organization shall provide the benefit of a de facto equivalent of a shared "Council on Intercontinental Affairs" as a platform for member nations to advance their related interests with greater collective impact at the international level for the benefit of their peoples and countries.
10.5 The Organization promotes the principles of national sovereignty to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals with 169 sub-goals (SDGs) under international law to promote the independence, welfare and prosperity of member states.
11.1. The Organization is supported by member institutions, which may be international organizations such as non-governmental organizations (NGO), intergovernmental organizations (IGO), non-profit organizations, religious and educational institutions, and other such institutions, which are international in their scope and operations.
11.2. Member institutions acquire status of participation in the Organization by means of application to and acceptance by the General Secretariat of the President, followed by accession to the charter.
11.3. Member institutions participate in the Organization without voting rights, primarily through networking and cooperation with the General Secretariat of the President or its relevant departments and with other member institutions. Participation by member institutions may be enhanced by accreditation to either special consultancy status or observer status granted by the General Secretariat of the President.
Special Consultancy Status
12.1 The General Secretariat of the President may grant Special Advisor status to member institutions that have compelling qualifications in a particular technical, academic, or sociocultural area relevant to supporting the mission of the Organization.
12.2 Special Advisors shall have the right to submit written reports on the missions of the Organization, which shall be forwarded to the General Secretariat of the President and its appropriate departments and commissions.
12.3 Failure to provide meaningful advisory input at appropriate intervals may result in loss of Special Advisory status as determined by the General Secretariat of the President.
12.4 Any activity by a member state or institution that develops, formulates, advocates, supports, or otherwise promotes a policy that would violate fundamental principles of international law and human rights may result in debarment, suspension, revocation, or termination of special advisor status, as determined by the General Secretariat of the President.
13.1 Member institutions that have highly developed capabilities to provide advisory contributions of anticipated global impact relevant to supporting the work and General Secretariat of the President may be granted observer status to the Member State Advisory Commission.
13.2 Observers shall have the right to speak and be heard at the working sessions and voting sessions of the Commission, as well as the right to submit relevant written reports, which shall be forwarded to the representatives of the Commission and to the General Secretariat of the President and its relevant departments and commissions.
13.3 Failure to make meaningful contributions or provide practical assistance to the humanitarian functions of the organization at appropriate intervals may result in loss of observer status, as determined by the General Secretariat of the President.
13.4 Any activities by a Member State or Member institution that promote, facilitate, or otherwise support operations that would violate fundamental principles of international law and human rights may result in exclusion, suspension, withdrawal, or termination of observer status, as determined by the General Secretariat of the President.
14.1. The core humanitarian missions of the Organization are inherently involved with the timeless spiritual and cultural values of humanity, and the heritage and traditions which embody such values, which are preserved in various historical institutions which have survived into modern times. Certain historical institutions thus have great potential to provide invaluable contributions of essential components for the success of the humanitarian missions.
14.2. The UN Convention on Diplomatic Relations, confirms that “all nations from ancient times have recognized… privileges and immunities” of sovereign entities of “differing constitutional and social systems” (preamble), and requires that a “state shall not discriminate as between states” including a historical form of statehood (article 47.1). The UN Convention on Consular Relations recognizes sovereign relations “since ancient times” (preamble). Both declare that historical “rules of customary international law continue to govern”.
14.3. The UN convention on the law of treaties establishes that although conventions of international law enacted by UN member states do not specifically apply to “other subjects of international law” such as a historical institution, this “shall not affect the legal force of [its] agreements”, and “shall not affect the application… of any of the rules… to which [it] would be subject under international law independently of the convention” (article 3).
14.4. In accordance with these doctrines of international law, historical institutions which constitute a “sovereign subject of international law” possessing sufficient aspects of juridical statehood, including royal, ecclesiastical and other sovereign historical institutions, may be accepted as member states of the Organization. The General Secretariat of the President shall determine such acceptance, based upon compelling evidence of sovereign legitimacy and historical authenticity, backed by a certified licensed law firm opinion or judiciary recognition, which must be submitted to and approved by the General Secretariat of Inspector General.
Structure of the Organization
Organs of the Organization are shown in the attachment 1 of this charter: <<Structure of the UNASDG >>.
16.1 The Senate of the organization consists at least of a Senate Presidium, consisting of a President and a Vice-President, and the Senate itself. The Senate Presidium may appoint or dismiss Senate members and Senators. The appointment must be unanimously approved by the Senate.
16.2 The President and Senators of the Senate shall be appointed for life by a two-thirds majority vote of the Presidium of the Senate when established.
16.3 The Presidium of the Senate and the Senators of the Senate shall be granted full, worldwide, non-territorial immunity related to the activity of the person.
16.4 The Senate shall be responsible for operational oversight of the activities and executions of the Executive Board and for:
A) Representing the organization to the Board of Directors.
B) The Senate shall elect the Executive Board.
C) The Senate appoints the honorary members
D) deliberation or resolution of economic plan
E) Appointment & discussion with auditors
F) Withdrawal of authorization: special business transactions and deviations from the
G) The Senate represents the Association on a national and international level in all matters and areas of activity, in particular also the Scieherheitsgremium.
H) Is it permissible, in the interest of the statutes of the association, to initiate business contacts
to initiate organization and to establish and maintain contacts.
I) To participate in strategic planning
J) The Presidium of the Senate as a whole shall have veto power.
16.5 The President of the Senate shall have exclusive veto power over all decisions made in the organization.
16.6. If compelling reasons require it in case of imminent danger (sine qua non), the Presidium of the Senate shall have the full right to monitor, investigate and control in all organs of the organization all kinds of activities or processes in written or acoustic form for the clarification of the respective situation.
16.7 In case of urgent need or emergency, all organs of the Organization and member states have the full right to contact the Presidium directly to request 24/7 immediate support / assistance worldwide.
16.8 The President and Vice-President of the Senate shall be appointed for life by a majority vote of the Executive Board members of the Senate by a two-thirds majority.
16.9 In the event that the President of the Senate is no longer able to fulfill his duties in the organization (due to illness, death or other reasons), the "Alliance Foundation", 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JQ, United Kingdom, firstname.lastname@example.org, shall assume all individual responsibilities and duties in accordance with the individual succession plan.
16.10. In the event that the Vice President of the Senate is no longer able to fulfill his duties in the organization (caused by illness, death or other reasons), the President shall assume his full duties and responsibilities and is requested to appoint another person or association.
Office of the President
The Office of the President of the Organization (simply referred to as the "Presidential Office") shall consist of the Office of the President, the General Secretariat, the Council on Intercontinental Affairs, and the office of all other departments and commissions of the Organization. Appointments to the General Secretariat shall be made on the basis of an evaluation of competence, integrity, and professionalism, after favorable advice and consent of the department or commission concerned, and shall be made by the Senate in accordance with relevant regulations and implemented by the Office of the President.
17.1 The Office of the President shall be responsible for presidential direction of the regular and extraordinary operations and activities of the organization. It shall provide for the recording of the decisions and actions of the Advisory Committee and provide general administrative support for the work of the Committee. The Office of the President shall appoint all officers, delegates, and envoys of the Organization and establish all of its delegations, representative units, observer missions, and intervention missions, subject to the approval of the Senate for each appointment.
17.2 The Office of the General Secretariat shall be composed of a First Chairman and a Second Chairman, both of whom shall act under full and unqualified diplomatic immunity at the highest level, which shall not be territorially limited. The General Secretariat shall be responsible for all matters of the Organization, unless assigned by the Statutes to another Association. These include in particular:
(A) Preparation of the General Assembly and the agenda.
(B) Convening the General Assembly
(C) Execution of the resolutions passed by the General Assembly or by the Senate
(D) Preparation of a budget for each fiscal year; rendering of accounts; preparation of an annual report
(E) Conclusion and termination of employment contracts
(F) Adoption of resolutions on the admission, deletion and exclusion of members.
17.3 In the event of a tie vote, a motion shall be deemed rejected.
17.4 The members of the General Secretariat of the President shall be elected by the Senate for a period of four (4) years. However, they shall remain in the General Secretariat until the newly elected members take office. If a member resigns during the term of the General Secretariat, the Senate shall elect a replacement member for the duration of the remaining term of the General Secretariat.
17.5 The Executive Board within the meaning of the Civil Code of the United Kingdom (or, in the long term, under domestic law) shall be the President of the Office of the President and the Deputy President (Vice President). Both have limited individual power of representation.
17.6 The General Secretariat of the President may, in accordance with the Statutes or specific resolutions, delegate powers of attorney and sub-delegations to members.
17.7 All acts concerning the opening, keeping and management of bank accounts, investment funds, participations and the creation of assets exceeding €5,000.00 (two thousand euros) shall require the internal written consent of the Senate, which shall be entitled to carry out openings, keeping and management of bank accounts itself without restriction, submitting all relevant steps and operations to the Office of the President. The Senate is authorized to grant appropriate powers of attorney.
The Office of the President shall be responsible for the general direction of all operational, financial, and legal operations and actions of the organization.
17.8 Annual General Meeting
At the Annual General Meeting, each member, with the exception of honorary members, shall have one vote. Another member may be authorized in writing to exercise the right to vote. The proxy must be issued separately for each general meeting. However, a member may not represent more than two foreign votes.
17.9 The Annual General Meeting shall be responsible for the following matters:
A) Approval of the budget for the next fiscal year prepared by the General Secretariat of the President; receipt of the annual report of the General Secretariat of the President; discharge of the General Secretariat of the President;
B) Election and dismissal of the members of the General Secretariat of the President and of the Auditor;
C) Determination of the amount of compensation for the Executive Board;
D) passing resolutions on the amendment of the Statutes and the dissolution of the Organization;
E) Appointment of honorary members;
F) passing resolutions on appeals against the rejection of the application for membership, as well as on appeals against a decision of exclusion by the Executive Board;
G) Submission of proposals to the Board.
17.10. Passing of resolutions
The Annual General Meeting shall be convened and chaired by the First Chairman, or in his absence, by another member of the General Secretariat of the President, or in case of emergency, by a member of the Senate. It shall be held at least once a year, preferably in the last quarter. The meeting shall be convened in writing, stating the expected agenda, six weeks before the scheduled date. The period begins on the day following the dispatch of the invitation letter. The invitation letter shall be deemed to have been received by the member if it is addressed to the last address given in writing by the member to the organization.
17.11. The agenda may be supplemented by the members. However, agenda items concerning changes to the statutes or the board of directors are excluded. Such requests must be submitted in writing to the General Secretariat of the President one week before the beginning of the Annual General Meeting.
17.12. The Annual General Meeting shall constitute a quorum regardless of the number of members present. This will be pointed out in the invitation.
17.13. The manner of voting shall be determined by the chairman of the meeting. If a request for a written vote is made, the vote shall be taken in writing.
17.14. The general manager is appointed by the chairman of the meeting. The minutes shall be countersigned by the chairman of the meeting.
17.15. The Annual General Meeting shall pass its resolutions by a simple majority of the valid votes cast. A 2/3 majority is required for amendments to the Articles of Association.
17.16. A 3/4 majority is required to change the purpose of the Association and to dissolve the Association.
17.17. A candidate is elected if he/she can gather the majority of the votes cast. If no candidate achieves this majority in the first ballot, the number of candidates with the most votes shall count. The candidate who receives the most votes shall be elected.
17.18. Extraordinary General Assembly
An Extraordinary General Assembly may be called at any time by the General Secretariat of the President, if this is necessary in the interest of the Association or if the calling is requested in writing by one third of all members by the General Secretariat of the President, stating the purpose and the reasons.
17.19. Communication between the members of the organization and its governing bodies
The communications about the decisions of the governing bodies of the organization shall be sent to the members of the social association in writing or by e-mail.
17.20. The questions to the governing bodies of the organization shall be submitted in writing or by e-mail.
17.21. The list and e-mail addresses as well as their use shall be determined in regulations to be approved by the Board.
18.1 The Advisory Commission of the Organization (simply referred to as the "Commission") shall be composed of the representatives of member states, technical committees, experts in the fields of Sustainable Development Goals 1-17, security, finance, non-voting member institutions and non-member observer states, and the Office of the Inspector General.
18.2 Each member state shall have an equal vote and shall appoint one primary representative and two alternate representatives to exercise its one vote. Decisions of the Commission shall be taken and ratified by simple majority. The Commission shall be deemed to have a quorum when all representatives have been notified, regardless of the number of participants, and any number of representatives respond.
18.3 The Commission shall be convened periodically at the invitation of the General Secretariat of the President to discuss and deliberate on issues and proposals raised by the Representatives, to formulate or ratify internal rules and procedures, and to establish subsidiary bodies as departments or commissions.
Chairman of the Consultive Commission
19.1. The chairman of the Consultative Commission administers the working sessions of the Commission, including declaring the opening and closing of sessions, calling upon speakers, coordinating discussions, ruling on motions, ruling over debates, assigning items to a vote, monitoring the voting procedures, and announcing the decisions enacted or ratified by vote.
19.2 The Chairperson shall be elected every four (4) years by majority vote of the Commission after approval by a two-thirds majority vote of the Office of the President. In the event of the absence or interregnum of the Chair of the Office of the President, the Office of the President shall elect and appoint an interim Chair pending ratification or new nominations and election of the Chair by the Commission.
19.3 The person elected chairman may be the President of the organization or the President of the Senate if deemed desirable and practical by the Commission. The Chairperson may appoint an officer of the organization to preside over meetings and sessions of the Commission on behalf of the Chairperson and to serve as Vice Chairperson.
Office of Inspector General
20.1 The Office of the Inspector General serves as the primary legal department of the Organization and ensures legal security and compliance within the Organization.
20.2 The Inspector General shall be responsible for all internal affairs of the Organization and its departments and commissions, and shall ensure compliance with and proper application of the institutional rules and procedures of the Articles of Incorporation and Acts of the Organization by all officers and other employees.
20.3 The Inspector General shall have the authority to impose or intervene in sanctions against any acts inconsistent with the Constitution, Acts, and policies of the Organization. Such action shall be taken initially by written notice or direction from the Office of the Inspector General and, if the situation persists, by action to secure termination of the functions of the noncompliant officers or employees.
20.4 The Inspector General shall be a member of the Advisory Commission.
20.5 The Senate shall have the authority to direct the Inspector General.
Council of Intercontinental Affairs
21.1 The Council on Intercontinental Affairs (Council) represents the interests of all member states of the UNASDG. It is a platform for the direct exchange of information among all members to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals with 169 sub-goals, defined by the United Nations and adopted by 196 member states at the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2015 in New York, USA.
Working title: transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
21.2 A Director General shall head the International Affairs Council. He/she shall be elected every four (4) years by majority vote of the members of the UNASDG in the General Assembly, after approval by a two-thirds majority of the Office of the President. In the event of the absence or interregnum of the Director General, the Office of the President may select and appoint an interim Director General until the Commission ratifies or re-nominates and elects the Director General.
21.3 The Council shall maintain active communication with all members to jointly develop resolutions and communicate them to all UNASDG operational bodies.
21.4 The Director General shall be a member of the Advisory Commission.
Departments of the Organization
Departments are subdivisions of the General Secretariat of the President, functioning as managing administrations dedicated to a portfolio of governance of a sphere of operations of the Organization, as created by the Consultative Commission. Departments are composed of a director and a variable number of supporting officers, as may be appointed by the General Secretariat.
Commissions of the Organization
23.1. Commissions are subdivisions of the General Secretariat of the President, functioning as specialist working groups dedicated to a sphere of operations of the Organization, as created by the Consultative Commitee. Commissions are composed of a director and a variable number of qualified experts of specialties relevant to the subject matter of the commission, as selected and appointed by the General Secretariat.
23.2. The Organization pursues economical, social and charitable purposes.
23.3. The funds of the Organization may only be used for the purposes of the charter.
23.4. The Organization is neither confessional nor party politically bound.
23.5. In order to achieve its own objectives as well as to fulfil the objectives of the charter, the Organization is entitled under the law:
Mass media, information agencies to achieve their own statutory objectives and to participate in their work;
To exercise the publishing activity in accordance with international law (or later internal law);
Prepare, publish and disseminate information materials and polygraphed production;
.To maintain direct international contacts and to establish cooperation with foreign and international organizations;
To participate properly in the work of the representative, advisory and other aid organizations for the purpose of conducting consultations with the Organization, which are constituted by the state authorities or the municipal authorities, as well as for the preparation of the recommendations in questions connected with the activities of the social association;
To fulfil government contracts independently of the law, or with the participation of the legal entities (companies) established by the Organization;
Cooperate with foreign non-governmental organizations and international governmental bodies, in compliance with the charter of the Organization;
Implement their own objectives by completing the cooperation and / or assistance agreements with other social organizations on a voluntary basis;
To independently plan their activities and to take the necessary measures in accordance with applicable legislation;
Disseminate the information on its activities freely;
To obtain information from state bodies and governmental bodies, municipal authorities, which are necessary to implement their objectives and tasks;
Organizing and conducting seminars, meetings, round table conferences, working with mass media;
By the decision of the competent bodies, the society may join other associations of citizens, coalitions and associations, etc. The social association may also arrange cooperation and mutual assistance with other persons;
To exercise the entrepreneurial activity directly or with the participation of duly established legal persons (companies) in order to promote the achievement of the aims of the Organization;
To hold peaceful meetings;
To wear their own symbolism, which is no subject to any registration by any law, what is unconditionaly accepted by all members; The use of the symbols of the organization by the mambers or partners has to be expressivlys permitted by the Orgnization.
Organize the monitoring process in the context respecting the SDGs, to collect, store and exchange information, statistics, demographic data and SDG information with international organizations, international law experts and other experts to cooperate in this regard.;
To ensure the deliberations, recommendations, direct actions and support in questions concerning the scope of the treaties on human rights and the stable development of the world.
To instruct the employees and the Representatives of the Organization as well as the volunteers and the persons involved in the activities of the social club in the training courses, to participate in the exchange programs and to establish the cooperation and implementation of the joint projects resp. with a different purpose to fulfil the tasks of the Organization;
Protect the interests of the members of the Organization, including, but not limited to, the representation of their interests before the court, including before the international court, the execution of court orders, etc.;
Conduct negotiations with the government of the state where the application is made, as well as with governments of the other countries in the framework of its statutory activities;
Participation in the monitoring of legislation and legislative processes in accordance with the best experience in the world, as well as taking into account national specificities, with the involvement of international experts and other experts in respective directives of the function of the Organization;
Pursue activities in the fields of legal assistance and legal protection of victims of any violations;
Participation in the legislative activity and support for the conclusion of the treaties and agreements;
To encourage the volunteers to do their own, insofar as they do not contradict the current legislation.
Obligations of Member States
24.1 Neither this Charter nor the policies of the Organization shall be construed as diminishing in any way the absolute sovereign rights of Member States: no requirement or concession of cooperation shall be demanded or imposed as a condition of membership which may limit or infringe upon the sovereignty or related sovereign rights of Member States of the Organization.
24.2 Member States undertake to make sincere efforts to actively and meaningfully support, advance and put into practice the principles of this Charter and the humanitarian tasks of the Organization.
24.3 Member States agree to exempt all holders of Organization diplomatic passports from the visa requirement upon entry into their territories and to register this exemption with their competent customs and border control authorities.
Member States agree to establish an appropriate diplomatic representation of the Organization (Diplomatic Mission for Sustainable Development Goals, or SDG Mission) in their territory, or to provide an appropriate space for the installation of a representative office, and to register it with the United Nations to ensure that the Organization's cooperation with the Member State is internationally recorded in the list of diplomatic relations.
24.4 Member States agree to arrange for, facilitate, or encourage substantial contributions to the operating budgets of the Organization, in annual amounts reasonably calculated to reasonably enable and support the effective conduct of the Organization's humanitarian and charitable missions.
24.5 Member States agree to provide assistance to all other Member States to ensure the optimum mutual benefit of the Organization to all its members and missions.
24.5 Foreign policy measures, operations, or actions by a Member State that are shown to systematically undermine or violate fundamental principles of international law and human rights may result in disqualification, suspension, withdrawal, or termination of Member State status, as determined by the Office of the President upon recommendation of the Office of the Inspector General.
24.6 Member States agree to send a representative to the Council on Intercontinental Affairs and an additional staff member to serve or be available on site in the Organization in the office designated by the Council.
Obligations of Member Institutions
25.1 Member institutions agree to make a sincere effort to actively and meaningfully support, promote, and practically implement the principles of this Charter and the humanitarian missions of the organization.
25.2 Member institutions agree to cause, facilitate, or encourage substantial contributions to the operating budgets of the organization, in annual amounts reasonably calculated to enable and support the effective implementation of the humanitarian and charitable functions of the organization.
25.3 Member institutions shall undertake to assist all other member institutions and member states to ensure the optimum mutual benefit of the Organization to all its members and missions.
25.4 Any policy, operation, or action of a member institution that is shown to systematically undermine or violate fundamental principles of international law and human rights may result in the disqualification, suspension, revocation, or termination of the status of a member institution, as determined by the General Secretariat of the President upon recommendation of the Office of the Inspector General.
Survival of Charter Provisions
26.1. In the event that any provision of the present charter may conflict with a new emerging peremptory norm, normative doctrine or custom of general public international law, such provision to the extent possible shall be interpreted or deemed modified in the context of such norm.
26.2. If any such provision is fundamentally incompatible with emerging international law to an extent rendering it void by law or in practice, all remaining provisions of this charter which are not in conflict, and thus the charter as a whole to the extent it does not conflict, shall continue to retain their full force and effect.
Amendment of Charter
Amendments to the present charter which are merely technical in nature, such as to support or enhance legal strategies of or benefits to the Organization under international law, may be enacted by unanimous vote of the General Secretariat. Amendments, which affect substantive matters of the sphere of missions, public policy, or governance of the Organization, may be enacted by the unanimous vote of the General Secretariat of the President, plus a two-thirds majority vote of the Senate.
Entry into Force of Official Capacity
28.1 The ratification and entry into force of the present Charter shall be governed by the UN Convention on the Law of Treaties. The Charter shall be open to all States and international organizations having the legal capacity under customary international law to conclude treaties. Any instrument entitled or defined in its text by the terms "ratification", "acceptance", "approval" or "accession" shall be deemed to be an official instrument of accession. (Articles 2.1(b), 11, 16.)
28.2 Accession shall be effected by depositing with the Depositary an instrument of accession duly signed (Articles 15, 16).
28.3 This Charter shall be provisionally applied as officially effective and valid, pending its entry into force, upon the deposit with the Depositary of the first instrument(s) of accession of the Member States as the first "negotiating States" of this Charter (Article 2.1(e), Article 25.1), whether or not they are members of the United Nations. This Charter shall enter into full force immediately upon the deposit with the Depositary of the third instrument of accession by acceding Member States which are Members of the United Nations (Article 24(1)). The Charter shall thereafter be open to further accessions in accordance with the same procedure (Article 24.3).
28.4 The Office of the President of the Organization is hereby designated as the Depositary of the instruments of accession to this Charter of the Organization, which, in turn, is authorized to delegate the function of official depositary in its entirety to a Member State (Article 76.1). Such Depositary shall, in cooperation with the Member State, duly register this Charter and all instruments of accession thereto with the Secretary-General of the United Nations or with any other relevant department or agency of the United Nations as may be directed by the Secretary-General (Article 77.1(g), Article 80).
Acquisition of membership
29.1. The ordinary membership can be acquired by any person who is not a person with limited working capacity from the age of eighteen. Legal persons may also acquire regular membership.
29.2. By decision of the Senate, honorary membership may be given to individual persons, organizations or companies which have earned particular merit in the support of the associations purpose.
29.3. The applicant has to submit a written application to the board of directors, which includes his / her family name, age, occupation and address, as well as the indication of whether he / she is in another association or another organization or association member;
29.4. The applicant (s) in the case of a positive accommodation decision to sign and accept the established confidentiality obligation of the Organization;
The applicant may lodge a complaint against a negative decision of the board of management, which may also take place without justification. The complaint must be lodged with the executive board in writing within one month of receipt of the refusal. The Senate decides on the appeal. Their decision is final.
29.5. A copy of the articles of incorporation is handed over to the member who has been admitted.
29.6. The membership can be acquired through an inheritance. The Senate decides on the final admission.
Termination of Membership
30.1. Membership ends
With the death of the member insofar as the membership is not inherited and accepted by the Senate unrestrictedly;
By voluntary resignation;
By dissolution of the Organization;
By exclusion from the Organization;
30.2. The voluntary resignation shall be affected by a written declaration against a member of the General Secretariat of the President. It is only permitted at the end of a calendar year subject to a notice period of three months.
30.3. A member may be removed from the list of members by resolution of the board of directors. The deletion is to be communicated to the member.
30.4. If a member has violated the interests of the association, a member may be excluded from the association by decision of the board of directors. Before the decision is taken, the member shall be given the opportunity to present his / her personal comments to the executive board or in writing. A written statement of the person concerned is to be read at the board meeting. The decision on the exclusion shall be accompanied by reasons and the member shall be notified by means of registered letter / acknowledgment.
30.5. By means of this exclusion decision, the member shall provisionally lose all membership rights. The member of the General Secretariat of the President is entitled to the exclusion decision of the executive board from the right to appeal to the annual general meeting. The appeal has no suspensory effect. It must be submitted to the General Secretariat of the President in writing within one month after receipt of the exclusion decision. If the appeal is filed in time, the next ordinary general meeting decides on the appointment. If the period has elapsed or if the appeal has not been made in writing, the exclusion decision shall be deemed to have been issued.
30.6. If the appointment is held, the member regains his full rights. If the member does not make use of the right to appeal against the exclusion decision, or if the period of appeal fails, the exclusion decision will be concluded with the result that membership is deemed to be terminated.
Membership fees are charged. The regulations and the amount of membership fees are listed separately. A resolution is submitted to the Senate by the board and passed by the Senate. Changes are made exclusively by the same procedure.
The sponsor of the Organization can be anyone who supports the purpose of the Organization through one-off or regular donations.
Separate structural units (regional representations and regional Offices abroad) of the Organization
33.1. It is planned to set up country offices abroad as well as regional offices abroad. The board of directors and the local Representatives can be elected by the board of directors.
33.2. The main activity of the separate structural unit is the promotion of the formation of cooperation networks and programs of economic development, ensuring the deliberations, recommendations, direct action and support in questions affecting the scope of the treaties on SDGs and stabilize development ensuring the constitutional activity of the Organization in the region within the framework and in accordance with the present statutes.
33.3. The separate structural unit promotes the formation of cooperation networks and programs of economic development, including the financial institutions, private enterprises, Representative bodies, universities, public bodies and other interested parties.
33.4. The separate structural unit is built according to the administrative-territorial structure and has in its name the reference to this structure.
33.5. The separate structural unit acts solely in accordance with the rules of procedure, which are to be approved by the annual general meeting or the General Secretariat of the President of the association. The rules of procedure must not show any contradictions with the articles of organization of the Inter-Governmental-Organization.
33.6. The separate structural units (regional offices), which are opened by the decision of the Organization, may be part of the society, insofar as this is provided with the valid legislation of the Republic of Austria and the country in which the respective structural unit is established. The separate structural units are founded and practice their activities on the basis of the statutes of the social organization.
33.7. The separate structural units (national Representatives) of the Organization can be managed by a legal person and as such. The regional offices may be managed by a legal person, but they may not be themselves, according to the legislation of the country where the registration is made. The legal status of the separate structural unit (regional representation, regional office) is determined exclusively by the board of the Organization.
33.8. The separate structural units (national Representatives) of the Organization may have their own orders of office. The rules of procedure of the separate structural unit (national representation) of the Organization, which is to be approved by the decision of the board of the Organization, should contain the information required by law. The business rules of the separate structural unit (national representation) of the Organization must not show any contradictions with relevant laws and the statutes of the Organization.
33.9. The separate structural units (regional office) of the Organization are governed by the rules of procedure of the country representation. If no country representation is established, the rules of procedure of the Organization apply.
33.10. The head of the separate structural unit (national Representative) is appointed by the board of the Organization. The head of the separate structural unit (national representation) shall be a member of the Organization. Head of the separate structural unit "regional office" are recommended by the board of the regional directorate to the board of the Organization and ordered by the board of the Organization.
33.11. The separate structural units (provincial representations) have the following powers:
33.11.1. Implementation of the statutory objectives and the tasks of the social association in a particular region within the powers conferred by the decision of the board of the social association;
33.11.2. Promoting the formation of cooperation networks and economic development programs involving the financial institutions, private enterprises, Representative bodies, universities, public bodies and other interested parties;
33.11.3. Activities for the recruitment of the new members according to the law and the law of the Republic of Austria or the country in which the separate structural unit (regional representation / regional office) is active;
33.11.4 The Senate shall be appointed as a Senate in each separate structural unit. This order consists of a lifetime according to the articles of association of the association.
34.1. In the case of the dissolution or abolition of the Organization or in the event of the abolition of its former purpose, the assets of the association shall cease to exist, this Organization shall use the assets exclusively for the realization of its organizations:
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Official Enactment of Charter
This Charter is hereby signed and sealed into law by the President-elect of the Senate, as authorized signatory, on behalf of the constituted intergovernmental organization, UNASDG, by and for the negotiating States,
this day of June 6, 2019:
UNGSII SDG Champions Conference,
6th of June 2019
"...If you really want to do something, you'll find a way.
If you don't, you'll find an excuse."