Constitution

  1. The World Federation of Public Health Associations shall be a Federation of national multidisciplinary associations concerned with public health generally as distinct from single or individual disciplines, subjects, professions, or occupations.

  2. The World Federation of Public Health Associations shall be composed of nongovernmental public health associations. These associations may include within their respective membership organized groups or individuals from governmental, as well as non-governmental, organizations and individuals who have an interest in public health.

  3. As public health associations are designed to be an integrating force among all elements within a country, only one such body from each country shall as a rule be recognized and admitted as a full member to the Federation. When two or more eligible associations exist in a country, these may be admitted with equal status as full members. In this case, they jointly have one vote, which they lose in case of disagreement between them.

  4. The World Federation of Public Health Associations shall constitute an association according to Articles 60- 79 of the Swiss Civil Code. The Federation shall act under its own constitution with all rights and obligations of a non-profit making, corporate body with a legal personality.

  5. The objectives of the Federation shall be:

    a. to provide a forum for national, nongovernmental health organizations to work more effectively with one another and with national and international health agencies to improve personal and community health;
    b. to encourage and assist the formation of national public health associations where they do not now exist and to strengthen existing public health associations;
    c. to collect and analyze information on effective public health strategies and approaches and to promote such strategies through the exchange of information and ideas among the constituent bodies by means of meetings, conferences, and publications; to influence international public health policy through the development and promotion of resolutions and policy papers; to act as a clearinghouse for projects and services undertaken by member associations; to foster research by member bodies; and generally to advance the objectives of public health;
    d. to encourage national public health associations to develop appropriate standards of education and training of public health workers, increasing their efficiency and effectiveness and thereby elevating their status;
    e. to perform such other activities as may be conducive to the above objectives.

  6. There shall be a governing body known as the General Assembly, which shall be composed of the representatives of the full member bodies in the Federation and shall hold general meetings as and when the Federation may determine.

  7. Admissions to the Federation and voting rights of members shall be the decision of the General Assembly.

  8. Each member body shall contribute to the funds of the Federation, in amounts to be decided by the General Assembly.

  9. Each full member body may appoint a representative to the General Assembly. Each member body shall be responsible for the expenses incurred by its designated representative in attending the meetings of the Federation.

  10. The General Assembly shall elect a President, a Vice- President, who shall be the President-Elect, and any other officers, and appoint a Treasurer and a Secretary General. The General Assembly shall also determine the composition of an Executive Board and elects its members, who would be distributed geographically as widely as practicable. The officers and members of the Board shall hold office for such periods as the General Assembly may decide.

  11. Decisions shall be by a simple majority of General Assembly members present and voting, except that new members of the Federation shall be elected upon a two-thirds vote. In the absence of a representative, a member body may express its views in writing.

  12. The General Assembly and the Executive Board shall establish such committees as may be require.

  13. The Executive Board shall be responsible for implementing decisions made by the General Assembly. The Executive Board shall also be responsible for policy decisions in the interim period between meetings of the General Assembly, but these decisions shall be reporting to the General Assembly. The Executive Board may desire to take a mail vote of the constituent member bodies on particular issues.

  14. The location of the registered office of the Federation shall be determined by the General Assembly.

  15. Amendments to the Constitution shall be by a two-thirds majority of the General Assembly after recommendation by the Executive Board.

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