BYLAWS OF THE UNIVERSAL PARTY (UP) Modifications adopted/text amended by the Global Assembly of 1/08/2000 02/09/2003 in Chita, Siberia. ARTICLE L. NAME AND LOCATION SECTION 1. NAME AND OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
The organization shall be called the Universal Party. The organization shall be known by the acronym "UP". The official language of UP is English. SECTION 2. LOCATION
UP has its head office in Geneva, Switzerland. ARTICLE 2. PURPOSE SECTION 1. MAIN IDENTITY
The main identity of UP is: The Universal Party is about creating a universal identity, a system for global governance and a project for all mankind.
SECTION 2. AIMS
UP's aims are: 1. To be a social party for everyone 2. To be a platform of ethics for social justice 3. To seek unity above all else 4. To pursue space as a project for all mankind 5. To expressly advocate for the Third Culture
ARTICLE 3. MEMBERSHIP SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP `
Each organization or individual applying for membership must complete the official membership form and submit it to the Executive Committee of UP. To be admitted as a member, the organization must agree with UP's main identity and aims. A majority vote of represented full members of the Executive Committee shall be sufficient to admit a member. SECTION 2. UNIVERSALIST ORGANIZATIONS
A universalist organization may have members that do not consider themselves universalists. To be considered a universalist organization, it is sufficient that the goals of the organization are based on and consistent with UP's main identity and aims. SECTION 3. MEMBERS
Anyone can be a member so long as they are consistent with the UPâ€™s main identity and aims, similar to organizations. SECTION 4. REMOVAL BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee, acting on a proposal by the EC, may terminate an organization's membership, through a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of its membership. The EC decision will be effective immediately on matters of termination and dismissal. The organization in question will be allowed an opportunity to appeal the decision after two weeks. Cause for removal will include a member acting in clear violation of UP's purpose as stated in the bylaws. The Executive Committee shall be required to give notification to the organization in question that their membership is being considered for termination sixty (10) days before the meeting of the Global Assembly where the vote is to take place. The notification should include an explanation of the reasons why termination is being considered. The organization in question may submit its defense in writing to the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE 4. THE GLOBAL ASSEMBLY SECTION 1. COMPOSITION
The Global Assembly is comprised of all voting members. SECTION 2. PURPOSE
The Global Assembly is a decision-making body of the UP. Decisions are made by simple majority of members, except when stated otherwise. The Global Assembly decides on the following issues: 1. To amend the bylaws, requiring a two-thirds (2/3) majority as specified in Article 8; 2. To allow or deny organizations admission into full or collaborating membership, on recommendation by the Executive Committee; 3. To decide about membership dues; 4. To adopt the annual budget as prepared by the Treasurer; 5. To acquire and dispose of real estate SECTION 3. DELEGATES
Each non-member organization needs to appoint in a written statement in advance to the Global Assembly, the person or persons who will represent the member organization at the Global Assembly. Member organizations do not have delegates; each member casts their own vote. SECTION 4. OBSERVERS
Each non-member organization can assign one representative who has the right to attend and speak at the approval of the Global Assembly. Other individuals are free to attend, but they will not have speaking rights in front of the Global Assembly unless the Global Assembly allows it. SECTION 5. ANNUAL MEETING
The date of the Annual Meeting shall be communicated by the Executive Committee to all full members ninety (90) days prior to its occurrence. The agenda of the Annual Meeting shall be arranged by the Executive Committee, but including any question that one-fourth (1/4) of the Global Assembly has requested be discussed.
The latter requests should be submitted to the Director-General in writing prior to the Annual Meeting. The agenda of the Annual Meeting shall be made available to members at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Meeting. SECTION 6. CONVENING EXTRAORDINARY MEETINGS BY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee may convene Extraordinary Meetings of the Global Assembly, if it receives such a request in writing from one fourth of the members, indicating the item or items to be placed on the agenda. Twenty (20) days notice must be given to the Global Assembly prior to such a meeting. SECTION 7. VOTING AT A MEETING
Registered members, with service to the UP for over one year can send in their vote electronically. If it is deemed necessary, secret ballot voting may be allowed by the EC. SECTION 8. NUMBER OF VOTES
One member, one vote. ARTICLE 5. THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SECTION 1. GENERAL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION
The Executive Committee shall be comprised of thirteen (13) Directors, led by the Director-General. Once elected, they are no longer eligible to represent any member organization to the Global Assembly. SECTION 2. OFFICES
The offices are the following: Director-General and the Directors. The Treasurer and Secretary will belong to the Global Assembly during sessions, but will work with the EC on a daily basis. Other offices may be created by the Executive Committee.
SECTION 3. ELECTION
The members of the Ad hoc Committee shall be elected by the Global Assembly for a term of one year. Upon completion of their duty there shall be a probation period of three (3) years. There shall be at least sixteen (16) Committee members elected in groups of four (4) on a quarterly basis. The size of the Committee will depend on the agenda of the Global Assembly. A vote of simple majority shall be sufficient to elect an Ad hoc Committee member. A term of office may be ended by resignation, death or dismissal by the Global Assembly. SECTION 4. TERMINATION OF TERM OF OFFICE
The term of office for Adhoc Committee members shall end if they cease to be affiliated with the UP. An individual shall be limited to three consecutive terms in office, but may run again at a later time for non-consecutive office. Resignations shall be tendered in writing to the Director-General two weeks (14 days) prior to the resignation taking effect. Dismissals shall be pronounced by the Global Assembly following a proposal from at least one-half (1/2) the members of the Executive Committee, and a two-thirds (2/3) vote of members at a Global Assembly. SECTION 5. DIRECTOR-GENERAL
The responsibilities of the Director-General shall be to overlook all operations of the Executive Committee and the Global Assembly. To provide guidance and leadership within the Executive Committee and to make sure the initiatives, projects, partnerships, and membership of the Global Assembly adheres to the UP identity, mission, and values. The Director-General is charged with the macro-level planning of the entire UP. SECTION 6. DIRECTORS
The responsibilities of the Directors shall be to manage the macro-level operations of the Executive Committee and the Global Assembly. Directors enforce the UP identity and mission similar to the Director-General but on a case-by-case basis. Between the 12 directors all projects and initiatives will be assigned.
Maintaining unity, decreasing duplicity of efforts and preventing division among the party are the main objectives of the Directors.
SECTION 7. OFFICE OF THE TREASURER
The responsibilities of the Office of the Treasurer shall be to receive the annual dues of each member and to keep record of members' payment status, and will conduct all financial services of the Executive Committee and the Global Assembly. SECTION 8. TREASURER
The Treasurer shall give a financial report at each Annual Meeting and at each meeting of the Executive Committee and participate in facilitating all financial concerns of the EC and GA. The Treasurer is charged with the transparency, accountability, and efficiency of the Office of the Treasure. SECTION 9. MEETINGS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee shall have at least twenty (12) meetings per year. To hold a meeting, all the members of the Executive Committee must be virtually or physically present. SECTION 10. REMOVING A DIRECTOR
When a Director does not fulfill the duties of his or her office, by simple majority of the Executive Committee, the Committee may decide to remove the person out of his or her office. Such removal needs to be communicated formally to all members of the EC and agreed by simple majority to be put in effect. SECTION 11. APPEALS PROCESS FOR DIRECTORS
When a Director is dismissed they have the right to appeal the decision in writing and upon approval of the Executive Committee in person. The decision may be rescinded if sufficient proof or merit can be provided to convince the EC of their eligibility as a Director.
SECTION 11. SUBSTITUTE OFFICERS
When a Director is underperforming in their duties a substitute Director can be appointed to the same office during the period of review. During this time both the Director and the Substitute Director must cosign all documents. Once the review is completed a single Director will be selected.
ARTICLE 6. DUES SECTION 1. PAYMENT
Members have to pay a membership fee. The membership fee shall be paid in full to the Treasurer by January 31 of each year. Voting at the Global Assembly is contingent upon full dues having been paid. ARTICLE 7. AMENDMENT OF THE BYLAWS SECTION 1. PROCEDURE
The bylaws may be amended by the Global Assembly (1) in response to a proposal from the Executive Committee or (2) at the approved request in writing to the Executive Committee by the members of the Global Assembly. The Executive Committee is required to give notice to the Global Assembly informing them of the date of the meeting at which the amendment will be discussed. This notice should include the text of the amendment being proposed, and should come at least fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of members at a Global Assembly is required for an amendment to the bylaws to be passed. ARTICLE 8. FINANCIAL RESOURCES SECTION 1. CONTENTS
The financial resources of UP will be comprised of dues from members and any other money UP acquires, through donations or any other source. SECTION 2. GOVERNANCE
The Treasurer shall have jurisdiction over the financial resources of UP, and with the approval of the Executive Committee may write checks or issue payment when needed. SECTION 3. FISCAL YEAR
The UP fiscal year shall conclude on each December 31. The Executive Committee shall create an annual budget and the Treasurer shall present it to the Global
Assembly for approval prior to the start of the fiscal year. Approval shall require a simple majority vote. Every year 40 percent of the budget automatically goes to the Executive Committee for Research and Development and Direction of the entire UP. The other 60 percent goes to the Global Assembly for project, initiative, and operational costs. Allocations may be made to accommodate a variety of considerations within these percentages. ARTICLE 10. PROCEDURAL RULES SECTION 1. APPENDIX A
At any point where official rules of procedure are required for the business of the Global Assembly the procedural rules contained in Appendix A to these bylaws shall be the governing rules. SECTION 2. STANDING ORDER
The standing order is approved by and shall be amended by the Global Assembly. It specifies the rules and regulations that are not specified in these bylaws. APPENDIX A. RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR UP GLOBAL ASSEMBLY
Ad hoc Committee of Rurikâ€™s Rules of Order. 1. The Ad hoc Committee will convene the meeting. 2. Once the agenda is approved, the Secretary will carry out the technical procedure for the rest of the meeting 3. The Treasurer will conduct the business of the meeting and the Session will close with concluding remarks by the Treasurer. 4. The agenda will be proposed by the Secretary. 5. The agenda will include minutes of the previous meeting, reports of officers and new and old business as necessary.
6. The minutes, reports, resolution proposals and other relevant documents must be circulated in advance of the meeting. 7. Proposals for emergency motions can be made from the floor. 8. All minutes, reports and resolutions must be formally proposed and seconded before the Ad Hoc Committee can consider them. 9. Amendments to the minutes or agenda must be suggested in writing prior to the final vote on the resolution, and require a vote of their own.