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Global Greens Congress 2017

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The Global Greens 2017 Congress Procedures

Table of Contents:

  1. Global Greens Members
  2. Number of Delegates
  3. Speaking Rights
  4. Resolutions Committee
  5. Decision Making
  6. Eligibility for Tabling Resolutions
  7. Purpose of Resolutions
  8. Procedure for Tabling Resolutions
  9. Amendments
  10. Emergency Resolutions
  11. Oral Amendments
  12. Voting
  13. Adopted Resolutions
  14. The Timeline for Submitting Resolutions & Amendments

 

Preamble

We meet very rarely as Global Greens, resolutions are therefore an opportunity to highlight what we hold in common, and to commit ourselves to working together for common goals.


1.  Global Greens Members

The Global Greens Coordination (GGC) recognises as Global Greens Members those organisations that:

  1. Are recognised as current Full, Associate and Partner members by the relevant federation; and
  2. Have paid their 2016 Global Greens membership fee no later than 12 noon (local time) on 30 March 2017.

 

2. Number of Delegates

(Reference: statutes sec 4.1)

2.1. Each country with one or more Full Members is entitled to three voting delegates. If there is more than one Full Member in a country, they will negotiate among themselves how their entitlement is shared.

2.2. Each country with one or more Associate Members is entitled to three delegates with speaking rights. If there is more than one Associate Member in a country, they will negotiate among themselves how their entitlement is shared.

2.3. Each Partner is entitled to three delegates with speaking rights.

2.4. The Global Young Greens (GYG) is entitled to three delegates with speaking rights.

2.5.  Green Parties need to identify their Delegates by submitting this form.

In the GG Rules s4.1 the voting rights are summarised as:

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According to the Global Greens Statutes, clause 5.3.4:

The Federations as such do not vote at Congresses and their interests are routinely represented there by their own constituent member parties. However the lead representative of any Federation may table a formal objection to any proposed resolution, decision or action arising at a Congress. In such a case the matter shall be deferred for reconsideration by the GGC, whose decision shall be final.


3. Speaking Rights

3.1. All those who want to speak on resolutions or amendments will need to indicate whether they are speaking for or against the motion.

3.2. The number of speakers and the lengths of interventions can be limited by the Chair to ensure a timely session. A timetable may be used for this purpose.

 

4. The Resolutions Committee

The Members of the Global Greens 2017 Resolution Committee are:

      • Robinah K. Nanyunja (AGF)
      • Papa Meissa Dieng (AGF)
      • Raul Guzman Enzastiga (FPVA)
      • Lara Render (GYG)
      • Martin Hemingway (GPEW)
      • Johan Hamels (Advisor) 
      • APGF (To Be Confirmed)
      • EGP (To Be Confirmed) 

You can contact the Resolution Committee by writing to [email protected]

4.1. A Resolutions Committee (RC) will be created to facilitate the development and adoption at congress of resolutions, other policy documents, and pertinent amendments.

4.2.The Resolutions Committee shall consist of at least 1 member from each Federation plus a Chairperson and Advisors as needed.

4.3. The Resolutions Committee is responsible for:

4.4. Developing procedures, templates and forms to facilitate the treatment of resolutions.

4.5.Deciding which resolutions and amendments are eligible for a discussion, vote and adoption at Congress, according to the eligibility criteria.

4.6. Advising the Global Greens Coordination (GGC) and Congress facilitators when they see possible issues of validity of tabled draft documents.

4.7. Evaluating the tabled amendments following the deadline and proposing compromise amendments to the authors if needed.

4.8. Participating in the Compromise Amendments Sessions (CAS) for the normal and emergency resolutions at the Congress and facilitating discussions between all interested parties to seek satisfactory compromise texts to be put to the vote.

4.9. Proposing a block vote for non-controversial amendments.


5. Decision making

5.1. To reach decisions by consensus is the basis of the decision making process.

5.2.Full Members who are registered and present at congress may nominate proxies to participate and vote on their behalf.

5.3. Where a vote is needed, each voting Delegate will receive a means to exercise their votes.

5.4. A two-thirds majority of voting delegates (not including abstentions), representing at least 50% of those registered and present at congress, is required to pass a motion.

5.5. Dissenting and abstaining votes can be recorded via a written note to the Chair.

5.6. Only the Resolutions accepted by the Resolutions Committee will be given formal consideration by a plenary session of the congress.

5.7. Resolutions that are not given formal consideration will be presented to the congress delegates by being posted on a wall of the congress venue for viewing and upon which congress delegates can indicate their support for such resolutions by writing their Member Party’s name directly on the posted form. Such texts are not considered adopted and therefore do not represent officially the view of the Congress


6. Eligibility for Tabling Resolutions

6.1. Draft resolutions may be submitted by the GGC, Full Members, Associate and GYG.  Subsequently, GG Working groups and Networks are entitled to submit draft Resolutions if they are of relevance to the subject the network/working group is dealing with.

6.1. Draft Resolutions must follow the purpose and procedure for tabling, specified below.

 

7. Purpose of Resolutions

Resolutions may adopt a policy statement by the Congress or a specific political initiative, and should be of Global relevance and meaning.

 

8. Procedure for Tabling Resolutions

8.1.  Draft resolutions must be received by 10 February 2017

8.2.  Draft Resolutions are to be submitted in English to the Resolutions Committee electronically or in written form, and should not be more than 600 words long in total.  

8.3. The Resolution must include the name and contact details of the Party submitting the resolution and of persons representing the parties who are submitting the resolution. Every resolution should have a preamble and an operative text.  A separate background text may also be provided which serves as a reference document and is not put to vote.

8.4. The Resolutions Committee is responsible for checking if the draft Resolutions are valid and in compliance with the eligibility criteria, and may start, if needed, consultation or clarification with the relevant parties and may initiate negotiations or propose compromise texts.

8.5. Immediately after this check, the Secretariat will publish on the Global Greens and/or Congress website the list of all valid draft Resolutions received and will circulate them to the Member Parties and Federations. 

 

9. Amendments

9.1. Proposed amendments must be submitted on the form provided and must be received by 10 March 2017.

9.2. Only the GGC, Full Members, Associate and GYG are entitled to table amendments.

9.3. Amendments must include the name and contact details of the party and of the persons representing the parties who are submitting the Amendment, and specify which specific text is being proposed to replace what original text.

9.4. Amendments must be submitted to the Resolutions Committee at [email protected].

9.5. At the Congress there will be a compromise amendment session on Friday 31 March and on Saturday 1 April

9.6. A list of items to be voted on and the final status of amendments will be distributed at the earliest possible moment after the compromise amendment session. 

 

10. Emergency Resolutions

10.1. Emergency or last minute resolutions will be accepted only if they are urgent (and must relate about a new political issue or event which has occurred after 10 February 2017) and relevant or have been proposed by a Congress workshop session.  

10.2. The urgency has to be substantiated, and validated by the Resolutions Committee.

10.3. Emergency resolutions must be received by 3 pm (local time) on 31 March 2017.

10.4. Only the GGC, Full Members, Associate and GYG are entitled to table amendments on Emergency Resolutions until 3 pm (local time) on 1 April 2017.

10.5. Amendments must be submitted to the Resolutions Committee at  [email protected]They may also be handed in at the Resolutions Desk during the Congress.

10.6. A list of items to be voted on and the final status of amendments will be distributed at the earliest possible moment

 

11. Oral Amendments

11.1. Oral amendments may only be introduced during voting sessions at the discretion of the Chair and provided there is no objection from any delegation.

11.2. They should normally be restricted to clarifications or simple adjustments to the text. 

 

12. Voting

12.1. At the Congress, the draft Resolutions and amendments, if any, will be presented, discussed and voted on.

12.2. The Resolutions Committee decides at the beginning of the voting session on the order of voting on the Resolutions.


13. Adopted Resolutions

13.1. Resolutions adopted by the Congress will be posted on the Global Greens website as the official position of the Global Greens and sent to all federations for distribution.

13.2. The GGC will be responsible for communicating the resolutions that require to be sent to any political authority.

 

 


The Timeline for Submitting Resolutions & Amendments:

10 February 2017

Deadline for Resolutions submitted to the Resolutions Committee at [email protected]

Emergency or last minute resolutions will be accepted only if:

  • they are urgent 
  • relate to a new political issue or event which has occurred after 10 February 2017 
  • relevant to or proposed by a Congress workshop session.

10 March 2017.

Deadline for Amendments submitted via the form provided.

31 March, Friday

Compromise Amendment Sessions are held at congress.

Emergency resolutions must be received by 8 pm (local time) on 31 March 2017.

1 April, Saturday

Compromise Amendment Sessions are held at congress.

Amendments to the Emergency Resolutions may be proposed up to 8 pm (local time) on 1 April 2017.

2 April, Sunday 

Voting on the Resolutions adopted by the congress.

 

 


Congress details:

Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
Liverpool
Meeting Type: 
Congress
Event Date: 
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 10 to Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 15

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