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ARTICLE 1 - NAME AND LOCATION

1.1
The name of the organisation shall be World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (hereinafter referred to as 'WNUSP')

1.2
The location of the organisation's secretariat shall be determined by the Board and ratified by the General Assembly

ARTICLE 2 - PURPOSE AND AIMS

2.1
The purpose of the organisation is to be a global forum and voice of users and survivors of psychiatry, to promote our rights and interests.

2.2
The aims of the organisation to assist it achieve its purpose are to:
    * advocate for the advancement of human rights of users and survivors of psychiatry
    * provide international representation and consultation to influence matters that affect users and survivors
    * encourage the development of national user / survivor organisations in each country
    * facilitate effective information exchange among user / survivor organisations around the world
    * develop networking opportunities for individual users and survivors of psychiatry throughout the world
    * any other activity consistent with WNUSP's purpose.

ARTICLE 3 - DEFINITIONS

3.1
A user or survivor of psychiatry (hereinafter referred to as "user or survivor") is self-defined as a person who has experienced madness and/or mental health problems and/or has used or survived psychiatry / mental health services.

3.2
A user / survivor of psychiatry organisation (hereinafter referred to as "user/survivor organisation") is defined as an organisation run entirely by users or survivors, or where the majority of members and people in a governance role are users or survivors.

ARTICLE 4 - MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA AND ENTITLEMENTS

4.1
Full membership shall be open to all democratically run and legally constituted national user / survivor organisations with compatible purpose and aims to WNUSP.

4.2
One or more national user / survivor organisations from a country may become a full member.

4.3
In countries where there are no national user / survivor organisations, or where a national organisation exists but is not a member of WNUSP, local organisations with compatible aims to WNUSP may become full members - until a national organisation from their country becomes a full member of WNUSP.

4.4
Full members shall be entitled to:
    * a subscription of WNUSP publications
    * select the voting delegates for General Assembly
    * speak at General Assemblies
    * nominate people for election to the board.

4.5
Associate membership will be open to:
    * all individual users and survivors around the world
    * all local and international user / survivor organisations with compatible purpose and aims to WNUSP.

4.6
Associate members shall be entitled to:
    * a subscription of WNUSP publications
    * speak at General Assemblies.
    * nominate people for election to the board.

ARTICLE 5 - MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION AND TERMINATION

5.1
All applications for membership shall be made in writing to the secretary.

5.2
The Board shall decide whether to accept or reject membership applications and the decisions about full membership shall be ratified by the General Assembly.

5.3
Termination: Membership shall be terminated if:
    * a member ceases to exist
    * a member no longer meets the criteria for membership
    * a member terminates its membership in writing
    * the board decides to terminate membership if a member does not renew its membership or pay its fees for two consecutive years.
    * the board decides to terminate membership if member's actions are harmful to the organisation.

5.4
The member terminated by the Board shall be advised in writing of the reason and shall be given the opportunity to appeal the decision to the next General Assembly, which will vote to either uphold or overrule the decision.

ARTICLE 6 - GENERAL ASSEMBLY

6.1
Composition: The General Assembly, whether it is an ordinary meeting or an extraordinary meeting, shall consist of voting delegates and any other members.

6.2
Quorum: The quorum of the General Assembly meetings shall be one-fifth of the full member organisations.

6.3
Voting delegates: There shall be no more than three voting delegates for each country. The full member/s of each country are responsible for democratically electing their delegate/s and informing the secretary of their delegate/s before voting starts at the General Assembly. All delegates shall be users or survivors.

6.4
The voting procedure for the election of the Board shall be determined by the Board to ensure a balance of regions are represented on the Board, as set out in 7.2. All other decisions shall be determined by a majority vote. Each voting delegate shall have one vote on motions forwarded at all ordinary and extraordinary meetings. If there is an equal number of votes for and against the motion, the motion will be lost.

6.5
Voting may be done by roll call, show of hands, on a paper or electronic voting form, by proxy or if requested, by secret ballot.

6.6
Minutes of all ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the General Assembly shall be taken and within one month of the meeting, sent to all full members and made available to all associate members.

6.7
Ordinary meetings. The ordinary meeting of the General Assembly shall meet at least every fourth calendar year.

6.8
The ordinary meeting shall be called by the chairpersons and an agenda plus a national full members list sent to all full and associate members by the secretary at least 4 months in advance. Members shall submit additional agenda items to the secretary at least 2 months in advance. The secretary shall send the final agenda with attached papers to all members at least 1 month in advance.

6.9
The function of the ordinary meetings shall be to:

    * report on the WNUSP's activities and finances since the last General Assembly
    * plan the direction of the WNUSP's activities until the next General Assembly
    * elect the board
    * ratify membership decisions
    * consider any other business.

6.10
The ordinary meetings shall be conducted in person.

6.11 
Extraordinary meetings. Extraordinary meetings of the General Assembly may be called at any time.

6.12
Extraordinary meetings shall be called by the board or one-fifth of the full member organisations. An agenda and attached papers will be sent to all members by the secretary at least 1 month in advance.

6.13
It shall consider only urgent business that needs a decision before the next ordinary meeting.

6.14
The extraordinary meetings may be conducted in person or by electronic means.

ARTICLE 7 - BOARD STRUCTURE

7.1
Powers: The Board shall govern all the activities and affairs of WNUSP between General Assembly meetings, including:
    * appointment of staff
    * approval of new members and termination of members
    * approving the agenda for General Assembly meetings
    * determining membership fees
    * ensuring all members are regularly informed of the organisation's activities
    * consulting full members and considering their views before making important decisions.

7.2
Board composition: The Board shall consist of 8 to 12 people who are current members of the organisation. Each board member will have a deputy who will take up that board member's duties if for any reason they are unable to fulfil them.
There shall be no more than one voting board member from the same country. There shall be no less than one and no more than three board members from each of the following regions:
    * Africa and the Middle East
    * Americas
    * Europe and the Russian Federation
    * Asia and the Pacific
There shall be 8 voting Board members, including two co-chairpersons and a treasurer. There may be 1 to 4 non-voting Board members, including paid employee/s of the organisation.

7.3
Role: The primary role of all board members shall be to serve the interests of WNUSP.

7.4
Duration of term on board: Voting Board members shall serve a maximum of three consecutive terms.

7.5
Election of board members: The voting delegates shall elect the Board, and a deputy for each one of them, according to the regional quota in 7.2.

7.6
Election of officers: The two chairpersons and the treasurer shall be elected from among the Board, by the voting members of the Board

7.7
Non-voting members: The Board may co-opt 1 to 4 other members of WNUSP onto the Board. They shall not be entitled to vote at Board meetings.

7.8
Resignation: Board members who wish to resign shall do so in writing to the chairpersons.

7.9
Suspension: Board members may be suspended if they have not attended, or sent their apologies to two consecutive Board meetings.

7.10
Replacements: If a board member resigns, dies or is suspended their deputy will replace them. The board may co-opt a new member to replace a deputy board member who has resigned, died or been suspended, until the next ordinary meeting of the General Assembly.

7.11
Sub-committees: The Board may appoint sub-committees that shall be accountable to the Board, including a management group to oversee the work of the secretariat.

ARTICLE 8 - BOARD MEETINGS

8.1
Regular meetings: The Board shall meet at least twice a year in person or by electronic means. The secretary shall call Board meetings at the request of the co-chairpersons.

8.2
Additional meetings: The secretary shall call additional Board meetings at the request of the chairperson/s or three other voting Board members.

8.3
Quorum: The quorum for Board meetings shall be half of the elected voting board members.

8.4
Observers: Any member may attend board meetings as an observer, unless the Board decides otherwise.

8.5
Voting: Voting at board meetings may be done by roll call, show of hands, on a paper or electronic voting form, or if requested by secret ballot. If there is an equality of votes, the motion shall be lost.

8.6
Notice: Notice of all board meetings, including the time, place and agenda, shall be given to all board members at least one month before the meeting.

8.7
Minutes: Minutes of the Board meetings shall be taken by the secretary and sent to all Board members within one month of the meeting. The minutes shall be made available to all the members by request.

ARTICLE 9 - OFFICERS OF THE BOARD

9.1
Chairpersons: The organisation shall have two co-chairpersons who will either perform or delegate the following:
    * chair General Assembly meetings and Board meetings
    * sign agreements on behalf of the organisation
    * be a spokesperson for the organisation.

9.2
Treasurer: The treasurer shall be responsible for:
    * monitoring expenditure
    * ensuring the accounts of the organisation are in order
    * financial reports to the Board and General Assembly.

ARTICLE 10 - SECRETARY

10.1
The secretary shall be salaried if funds permit, and appointed by the Board to perform the following duties:
    * receive membership fees
    * keep an up-to date membership list
    * send notices of meetings to members
    * take minutes of General Assembly and Board meetings
    * send out the minutes of General Assembly and Board meetings
    * other administrative tasks requested by the Board.

ARTICLE 11 - ACCOUNTS

11.1
Use of funds: Any funds raised shall only be used to further the aims and objectives of the organisation.

11.2
Fiscal year: The fiscal year will be from 1 January to 31 December

11.3
Audit: The accounts shall be audited by a qualified auditor every year

11.4
Storage of accounts: All accounts and associated documents shall be stored by the organisation for 10 years.

ARTICLE 12 - ANNUAL REPORTS

12.1
An annual report shall be prepared within six months of the end of the last fiscal year. It shall contain a report on WNUSP activities and expenditure and the auditors report.

12.2
A copy of the report will be available to all members.

ARTICLE 13 - ALTERATION OF RULES

13.1
Alterations of the rules in the current Statutes shall only be done at ordinary meetings of the General Assembly. Proposals to alter the rules must be submitted to the secretary according to the procedure set out for ordinary meetings in Article 6.8. Any alteration shall require the approval of at least two-thirds of full members present or by proxy.

ARTICLE 14 - DISSOLUTION

14.1
Dissolution of the organisation may be done at ordinary or extraordinary meetings of the General Assembly. Proposals to dissolve the organisation must be submitted to the secretary according to the procedure set out for ordinary meetings in Article 6.8 and extraordinary meetings in Article 6.12. Dissolution shall require the approval of at least two-thirds of voting members present or by proxy.
Any assets at time of dissolution shall be distributed to an organisation with compatible aims as decided by the General Assembly.