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Article I

UPAM is an independent, non-political and non-religious non-profit organisation within the meaning of Articles 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code.

 

Article II

The headquarters of UPAM are located in Geneva.

 

Article III

The elements of  UPAM are the General Assembly, the Committee and the auditors.

 

Article IV

1. The purpose of UPAM is:

– to inform and sensitize the population on precarious situations in the world;

– to help to the extent of its capacities to remedy these situations, always ensuring that its actions are in line with the perspective of sustainable development and the empowerment of the people supported.

2. UPAM works mainly to improve the conditions of children.

 

Article V

1. Any motivated person is entitled to become an active member of UPAM.

2. The General Assembly reserves the right to refuse or exclude an active member whose behaviour is not compatible with the aims pursued by the organisation.

3. Anyone interested in following the activities of UPAM can become a sympathetic member.

 

Article VI

1. UPAM’s resources come from fundraising, donations from sympathizing members, as well as other possible donations. They are exclusively and entirely intended to support its actions.

2. UPAM only grants loans or advances for projects that have already found secured financing. Failing this, a decision of the General Assembly is required.

 

Article VII

1. The General Assembly is the supreme organ of the UPAM. It has all the rights and duties in accordance with the aims of the organisation and controls its proper functioning.

2. Any meeting of all active members around an agenda is considered as a General Assembly. Supporting members may attend as observers. ***

3. Any active member of UPAM is entitled to request the convening of a General Assembly.

4. No decision may be taken on an item unless it has first been placed on the agenda.

5. The President must communicate the agenda to all active members at least 5 days before the date of the Assembly. Any active member of UPAM is entitled to ask it to include an item on the agenda.

6. All active members have the right to vote on the issues concerned.

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

8. Proxy voting is allowed. **

9. The Committee convenes a statutory General Assembly once a year. It is at this meeting that the annual accounts are approved and the Committee and auditors are elected.

 

Article VIII

1. The Committee forms the administrative management of UPAM. He is responsible for day-to-day business functions.

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

3. The Committee is elected each year at the Statutory General Assembly by a majority of 50% of the votes cast.

 

Article IX

1. There are two auditors.

2. They are responsible once a year for reporting to the General Assembly on the keeping of the accounts.

3. The auditors are elected each year at the statutory General Assembly by an absolute majority of 50% of the voters.

 

Article X

In the event of dissolution, the association’s assets recorded on the balance sheet will be used to pay contingent liabilities. The liquidation will be carried out by a committee composed of three members of the committee, including the treasurer. The assets will be fully allocated to an institution pursuing a public purpose similar to the association and benefiting from tax exemption. Under no circumstances may the property be returned to the physical founders or members or used in whole or in part for their benefit in any way whatsoever. ****

 

Article XI

1. The members of the Committee are the signatories to UPAM accounts.

2. Any person authorised by the General Assembly may validly bind UPAM.

 

Article XII

One of the subsidiary objectives of UPAM is to defend its active members.

 

Article XIII

Any amendment to these Articles of Association must be approved by the Statutory General Assembly and comes into force with immediate effect. *

Geneva, December 2016

* Changes made at the 2002 Statutory General Meeting
** Changes made at the 2003 Statutory General Meeting
*** Changes made at the 2016 Statutory General Meeting
**** Changes made at the 2018 Annual General Meeting