Forus General Assembly & Council Election
April 28 @ 7:00 am - April 29 @ 12:00 pm EDT
We invite all Forus members to participate in the Forus Council election and in our 2021 virtual General Assembly
April 28 and 29, 2021
We are writing to inform you that Forus’ next General Assembly will take place on 28 and 29 April 2021, in a virtual format.
As you will remember, initially we had hoped to meet in person in Cambodia in October last year, but due to the global pandemic this was impossible and we convened the Forus Virtual Forum instead, in which many Forus members participated. Given the current context, and given that we cannot postpone this General Assembly to a later point, the Forus Council has decided that we would hold a virtual General Assembly, in a short, 2-day format. We will aim to hold the sessions during times of the day where most members can participate (while being acutely aware that these hours will unfortunately be inconvenient for some members). We expect the sessions to take place roughly between 11:00 GMT/UTC and 16:00 GMT/UTC on both days.
Please save those dates in your calendars!
We are deeply saddened by the fact that we will not be able to meet in person this time, but we hope that there will be an opportunity for a face-to-face meeting of the Forus family in the not too distant future. We will work hard to try and make this happen when the sanitary situation will allow us to convene such a meeting safely. In the meantime, we will try and organize a virtual assembly that enables us to nurture our connections across the network.
As you know, one of the functions of the General Assembly is to confirm the composition of the Forus Council, which is being renewed by one third (5 seats) this year. The Council has the mandate to make strategic decisions on behalf of the entire network.
We are pleased to now open the process for partial elections for the Forus Council.
As determined in the Forus Statutes, the Forus Council has a balanced regional representation, and only National Platform representatives can be elected to the Council (with the exception of PIANGO). It is important to note that Council members receive a mandate from their national platform (in the Council the representation is institutional and not of a personal nature), but are expected to serve Forus first in that role and not a Platform or a Region.
As per the Statutes, one third of the Forus’s Council (5 seats) needs to be renewed every 2 years. In order to prepare the elections, 5 organizations have volunteered to step down from the Council: CCOD (Republic of Congo), KCOC (Republic of Korea), FINGO (Finnland), ACCION (Chile) and PIANGO (Pacific). We warmly thank these 5 organisations and their representatives in the Council for their commitment and for the support they brought to Forus throughout their mandate.
We therefore seek to identify 5 new Council members for 5 different regions this year. The 5 Council seats that need to be filled in 2021 are:
You will find attached an extract from the Forus Statutes and Rules and Procedures about the Council’s Functioning and a short document with Council members’ commitments and a few questions for the platforms that will apply for the Forus Council.
We strongly invite you to send your expression of interest to join the Forus Council. Please do share your interest as soon as possible with your respective Regional Coalition to allow for a regional level dialogue amongst members. The final deadline to submit Expressions of Interest to the Forus Secretariat is 02 April (at which date it would be ideal to have 1 consensus-based candidate per region). Expressions of interest need to be sent per email to [email protected] and include the completed attached Word document “Commitments Forus Council and Application 2021″.
Click below to download the following documents: