INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S CENTER STATUTES
The International Children’s Center was established in 1949 in Paris through the joint efforts of the French authorities and UNICEF. For 50 years it carried out work on behalf of child health and welfare, principally in Latin America and Africa, and operated a documentation center, ran seminars and produced publications. In 1999 activities in the ICC Paris headquarters came to a halt. At that time, in consultation with the last ICC Executive Director in Paris, Dr Olivier Brasseur, and representatives of international organizations, it was agreed to continue the activities of the Center in Ankara, Turkey as an autonomous international nongovernmental organization. During the years since 1999, following in the footsteps of its predecessor in Paris, the Ankara-based ICC has concentrated on the health and problems of adolescence, especially reproductive health, child rights, and disaster preparedness. It established a branch office in Baku, Azerbaijan, and has signed agreements of affiliation with similarly-minded centers in a number of other countries.
The International Children’s Center Association (hereinafter referred to as the “Center”) is established as an international association in accordance with Turkish law no. 5253 governing associations. Its place of operation is in Ankara.
The Center shall carry out activities to promote the physical, mental and social well-being of children of all ages, including adolescents, in the context of the family and the community, and to foster women’s health and reproductive health. The Center, affirming that family and community health are prerequisites for peace at home and in the world, shall engage in activities designed to contribute to peace and shall reward those who contribute to peace. The Center shall: – conduct research to identify priorities for the improvement of the health and welfare of children, women and families everywhere
– organize international seminars, workshops and congresses in which participation from developing countries is especially encouraged
– organize projects and programs in education and health
– establish branches and collaborate with other organizations with similar objectives.
3. General Assembly
The General Assembly of the Center shall be composed of individuals who recognize the objectives listed in article 2 and are accepted for membership.
The functions of the General Assembly shall include the following:
– to elect at least 12 and no more than 24 members of the Council
– to elect five members of the Executive Committee
– to examine and approve the Activity Report and make recommendations
– to authorize changes in the Statutes of the Center.
The Council shall be composed of no fewer than 34 and no more than 48 members, of whom at least 12 and no more than 24 shall be elected by the General Assembly of the Association. The members thus elected shall co-opt a maximum of 19 additional members. One representative each of the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the International Pediatric Association, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics and the United Nations Population Fund shall be ex-officio members of the Council. The term of office of the Council members shall be three years and shall be renewable, with the exception of those members who represent international organizations, whose membership shall expire when their mission ends. The Council shall be the policy-making organ of the Center and shall set policies and issue directives. The President of the Center shall open the sessions of the Council, and a chair, co-chair and rapporteur of the session shall be elected.
The functions of the Council shall include the following:
– to identify research priorities for the improvement of the health and welfare of children, women and families everywhere
– to propose international seminars, workshops and congresses giving priority to attendance from developing countries
– to recommend programs in priority areas of education and health and reward those who show outstanding performance in these fields
– to appoint a committee to screen candidates for the World Health Organization Ihsan Dogramaci Family Health Prize and to appoint a member to attend the Foundation Committee meeting in Geneva
– to examine the budget proposed by the Executive Committee
– to appoint three members of the Bureau of the Council
– to delegate such functions as may be deemed suitable to the Bureau for the periods between Council meetings.
The Council shall ordinarily meet once a year. On the proposal of the Bureau or at least one-third of the members of the Council, interim meetings may also be called.
5. Presidency and Executive Committee of the Center
The President shall be elected by the Executive Committee from among its members for a three-year term, which may be renewed. The President shall be the executive and financial officer of the Center and shall represent the Center. The President shall appoint the Executive Director and Secretary General of the Center from among the members of the Executive Committee elected by the General Assembly. The Executive Director of the Center shall be responsible for the technical and administrative affairs of the Center and shall make proposals to the President for staff appointments and carry out such functions as may be delegated to him/her by the President. The President of the Center shall preside at meetings of the Executive Committee. The term of office of the members of the Executive Committee shall be three years and may be renewed.
The functions of the Executive Committee shall include the following:
– to prepare the Center’s Annual Report and budget to be submitted to the Council for approval
– to prepare and implement the yearly activity plan – to publish periodic bulletins and various educational materials
– to name honorary members
– to carry out such functions as may be delegated to it by the General Assembly or the Council.
6. Bureau of the Council
The Bureau shall be composed of six members: the President of the Center, the Executive Director of the Center, the current chair of the Council as an ex-officio member, and three members elected by the Council. The term of office of the members of the Bureau shall be three years and may be renewed. The Bureau shall ordinarily meet two times a year. The President of the Center shall preside.
The functions of the Bureau shall include the following:
– to review the activities of the Center
– to make proposals to the Council for activities to be carried out by the Center
– to carry out such functions as may be delegated to it by the Council.
Representatives or experts from United Nations agencies, professional associations and other organizations, the main areas of occupation and interest of which coincide with those of the Center, may be invited by the President to attend meetings of the Council where they may make suggestions regarding the activities of the Center as well as areas for joint projects between the Center and the organizations represented by those consultants.
8. Emblem of the Center
The emblem of the Center shall be a family group of deer composed of father, mother and offspring.
For a meeting of any organ of the Center to be convened, a quorum of one more than half its membership must be present. Decisions shall be taken by a majority of those present. As an exception, in the case of amendments to the Statutes, a vote in favor by at least two-thirds of the total membership of the General Assembly shall be necessary.
10. Financial Provisions
The income of the Center shall derive from the following:
– income and interests from investments of the Center’s assets
– donations deemed by the Executive Committee to be appropriate to the Center’s objectives
– Income from projects.
Auditing of the Center’s accounts shall be carried out each year by a certified public accountant.