Article I

The Union Pour un Avenir Meilleur (below UPAM) (= Union For a Better Future) is an independent, non-religious and non-profit-making organisation, according to the articles 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code.


Article II

UPAM has its head office in Geneva.


Article III

The organs of UPAM are the General meeting, the Committee and the account auditors.


Article IV

1. UPAM aims


– to inform and sensitize the population about precarious situations in the world.


– to help, to the best of our ability, to remedy these situations, being always cautious about the fact that these actions adhere to a prospect of sustainable development and self-sufficiency of people we support.


2. UPAM mostly works on the improvement of the children living conditions.


Article V

1. Any motivated person shall have the right to become an active UPAM member.


2. The General Meeting reserves the right to refuse or expulse an active member whose behaviour is not compatible with the objectives pursued by the Association.


3. Any person interested in following UPAM’s activities can become a sympathizing member. ***


Article VI

1. The resources of UPAM come from the raising of money, sympathizing member’s donations, as well as other potential donations. These resources will exclusively and entirely go to the support of UPAM’s actions.


2. UPAM only allows loans or advances for projects whose funding is already settled and guaranteed. Failing that, a decision of the General meeting is required. *


Article VII

1. The General meeting is UPAM’s main organ. It has all the rights and duties in conformity with the goals of the organization and controls its correct operation.


2. Any meeting convening all of the active members around an agenda is considered as General meeting. Sympathizing members can attend as observers. ***


3. Any active member of UPAM is entitled to ask for the convocation of a General meeting.


4. No decision about an object can be taken without being written down in the agenda beforehand.


5. The president must communicate the agenda to all of the active members at least 5 days before the date of the General meeting. Any active member of the UPAM is entitled to ask for an item to be put in the agenda. ***


6. All of the active members have the right to vote on the matters in question.


7. Decisions are taken in the absolute majority of 50% of voters.


8. Voting by proxy is allowed. **


9. The Committee convenes a statutory General meeting once a year. It is then that annual accounts are approved and the Committee elected together with the auditors.


Article VIII

1. The Committee is the administrative direction of UPAM. It is responsible for the functions related to the current businesses.


2. It is composed of three active members: a president, a financial manager, and an archivist. ***


3. The Committee is elected every year during the statutory General meeting by the majority of 50% of the voters.


Article IX

1. The account auditors are two persons.


2. They must make a report on the keeping of UPAM’s accounts every year during the General meeting.


3. The account auditors are elected every year during the General meeting by the majority of 50% of the voters.


Article X

The winding-up of UPAM results from a decision of the General Meeting with a qualified majority vote of two-third of the registered active members. In this case, the available assets will be entirely attributed to a public interest institution pursuing an analogous objective to the ones of UPAM. The goods cannot be returned to the funders or to the active members, nor be used to their own profits in whole or in part or in any way whatsoever. *


Article XI

1. The members of the Committee are the authorised signatories of UPAM’s accounts.


2. Any authorized person by the General Meeting can engage UPAM.


Article XII

One of the secondary objectives of UPAM is the defense of its active members.


Article XIII

Any amendment to these statutes has to be approved by the General Meeting and shall enter into force immediately. *

Geneva, December 2016

* Modifications made in the 2002 statutory General meeting

** Modifications made in the 2003 statutory General meeting

*** Modifications made in the 2016 statutory General meeting

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