19th ICVA General Assembly

(UTC)

Venue

International Conference Center Geneva (CICG)

Organiser

ICVA

Categories

General Meeting

Language

English

Subject

Governance

19th General Assembly

Every three years our members come together to discuss and agree on a multi-year strategy for the network, elect our Board and Chair, and review the work of the past three years.

Members will also discuss and vote on amendments to the ICVA Statutes, and consider issues and concerns related to humanitarian action worldwide.

Who can attend?

Member organisations are entitled and encouraged to send a representative to the General Assembly who has the mandate to take decisions on and vote on behalf of your organisation. We need the full participation of your organisation to ensure ICVA works in the interest of its membership.

More than one representative can attend, though each member organisation has only one vote.

Observers and Affiliate organisations of ICVA are entitled to participate at the General Assembly, but do not have the right to vote or hold office.

Members must be in good standing with ICVA to be entitled to vote or to stand for election. If you are in doubt on the payment of your dues, please be in touch with the Secretariat. Please ensure that 2023 membership invoices are paid.

Check if you are a member here: https://www.icvanetwork.org/members-info/

 

At the meeting

Members will be asked to vote to:

  • Approve the Minutes of 18th General Assembly
  • Elect the Board and the Chair
  • Amend the Statutes
  • Adopt the Strategic Priorities 2025-2027
  • Reaffirm commitments to humanitarian  principles and standards

Members will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about ICVA operations and finances
  • Speak about any items on the agenda
  • Meet other members

Agenda

Time   Session

9.00        1. Welcome and Review

9.45         2. Reporting Back

10.45.      3. Board Election Results

11.00      Coffee break

11.30       4. Board Chair Elections

12.00      5. Strategic Priorities 2025-2027

12.30      6.Reaffirmation of Principles

Time      Session


12.45       Lunch

14.00     7. Amendment of Statutes

14.30      8. Networking Collective Capabilities

15.00      9. Board Chair Election Results

15.15       10. Wrap Up and  Close

16.15       New Board Only – Meeting

Agenda
19th General Assembly working documents
11 December 2023
19th General Assembly Agenda
Subject/ Governance /
Annual Conference Event
Description

Proposed Agenda for the 19th General Assembly to be held on 20 March 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Board and Chair Elections

ICVA members will be asked to elect nine board members and a Chair at the 19th General Assembly.  The ICVA Board has established a Nominations Committee to oversee the nominations and elections process.  William Anderson of Sphere Standards is Chair of the Nominations Committee.

We are delighted to inform you that we have received a substantial number of nominations for the ICVA Board. Please click on the link below to see the list of nominees for the ICVA board elections.The deadline for submitting nominations has now passed, and therefore, no further nominations will be accepted.

Following the announcement of the results of the Board elections during the General Assembly, the Chair of the Board will be elected from among the newly elected Board members. Please note that only Members attending the General Assembly will be able to vote for the Chair.

Additional information about the candidates will be shared with you shortly. Thank you for your attention and participation in this important process.

Nominations documents
ICVA GA 2024 working documents
21 February 2024
List of candidates for ICVA Board Elections March 2024
Subject/ Governance /
Nominations
13 December 2023
Nominations 19th General Assembly 2024
Subject/ Governance /
Annual Conference Event
Description

ICVA members will be asked to elect nine board members and a Chair at the 19th General Assembly.  The information to nominate a candidate and the form can be found below.

Strategic Priorities 2025-2027

The ICVA 2030 Strategy, endorsed by the General Assembly in 2021, serves as the guiding framework for ICVA’s endeavours from 2022- 2030. Derived from the 2023 Strategy, the Strategic Priorities set out a more targeted focus for the period of 2025-2027. This document outlines the priorities, key initiatives, and success benchmarks for the three focus areas of forced migration, coordination, and financing, and the five cross-cutting areas. 

Building upon these priorities, the Secretariat will formulate a three-year plan (2025-2027) for Board approval in November 2024. This plan will encompass specific decisions regarding ICVA’s work content, enabling strategies, resource planning, requirements, and a set of performance indicators.

Members will be asked to adopt the Strategic Priorities 2025-2027  at the General Assembly on 20 March 2024.

Strategic Priorities 2025-2027
ICVA GA 2024 working documents
20 February 2024
Strategic Priorities 2025-2027
Subject/ Governance /
2024GA2024working documents
Description

The strategic priorities are drawn from the 2030 strategic vision, offering a more targeted  focus for the period 2025-2027.

The General Assembly will adopt these priorities on 20 March 2024.

 

Statutes

The ICVA Statutes set out the mandate of ICVA, and serve as the official framework governing ICVA and the General Assembly. Amendments to these statutes require approval from the General Assembly.  The  ICVA Board is recommending several modifications for members’ consideration and approval at the 19th General Assembly on 20 March 2024.

Key changes include:

  1. Bilingual Statutes: The statutes will be available in both English and French, with the French version prevailing.
  2. Annual General Assembly: The General Assembly must convene annually, specifically to approve ICVA’s audited financial statements.
  3. Board member residency requirement:  At least one board member must be resident in Switzerland.
  4. Clarity and precision:  Enhanced clarity including around the membership application process and appeals, voting at the General Assembly, removal and resignation of board members, and additional details related to board meetings.

These proposed amendments, aligning with changes in Swiss law, have undergone a legal review to ensure compliance.

Members are also invited to propose changes, with submissions to the ICVA Secretariat  (secretariat@icvanetwork.org) by 19 January 2024.

All proposed amendments will be shared with ICVA members by 19 February 2024.

Members will be asked to adopt the amendments to the Statues at the General Assembly on 20 March 2024.

Statutes
ICVA GA 2024 Working Documents
20 February 2024
Proposed Amendments to Statutes February 2024
Subject/ Governance /
2024GA2024working documents
Description

The proposed amendments to the Statutes, will be approved by the General Assembly on 20 March 2024.

ICVA publication
16 May 2021
ICVA Statutes 2021
Subject/ ICVA /
ICVA statutes 2021 image
Description

ICVA Statutes, revised at the 18th General Assembly, 18 / 19 May 2021.

Reaffirmation of Principles

ICVA encourages its members to demonstrate a strong commitment to humanitarian principles and standards. Humanitarian principles, such as humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence, serve as the fundamental values that guide humanitarian action. The standards encompass guidelines and benchmarks for delivering effective and quality humanitarian assistance. They help ensure that aid is provided in a coordinated, accountable, and transparent manner. 

By upholding both humanitarian principles and standards, ICVA and its members contribute to the ethical and efficient delivery of humanitarian aid, fostering a collective effort to address global challenges and support vulnerable populations in times of crisis.

The principles and standards are related to:

Committing to these standards reflects a dedication to best practices, transparency, and accountability in humanitarian action, contributing to the overall effectiveness of ICVA and its members in providing assistance to those in need.

For further information about the standards read the Reaffirmation of principles document.

Members will be asked to reaffirm the principles and standards they adopted individually when joining ICVA and/or reaffirmed collectively in 2021.

Reaffirmation of Principles
ICVA GA 2024 Working Documents
20 February 2024
Reaffirmation of Principles and Standards
Subject/ Governance /
2024GA2024working documents
Description

Members will be asked to reaffirm the principles and standards they adopted individually when joining ICVA and/or reaffirmed collectively in 2021.

ICVA encourages its members to demonstrate a strong commitment to humanitarian principles and standards.

Committing to these standards reflects a dedication to best practices, transparency, and accountability in humanitarian action, contributing to the overall effectiveness of ICVA and its members in providing assistance to those in need.