Mankind 2000 / Humanité 2000
Statutes / Constitution
Art. 1. - The name of the Association shall be: MANKIND 2000 (in French HUMANITE
Art. 2. - The registered office of the Association shall be in a municipality
of the Brussels conurbation, and at present at 1 rue aux Laines, 1000 Brussels.
It may be relocated to any other address in the Brussels conurbation by a decision
of the Board of Directors.
Art. 3. - MANKIND 2000 shall be an independent transnational Association
of cultural, scientific and educational character, without profit motive, whose
purpose shall be to support and promote all aspects of human development: in
the individual: within and between groups; and in the emerging world community,
with special reference to the mental, moral and essential well-being of each
person and of the human community as a whole.
Furthermore, it shall encourage such conditions and techniques as may ensure
that the future development of mankind becomes centred on the person as a human-being.
In pursuance of these main objectives, MANKIND 2000 shall:
- Undertake and support research into basic human needs and into the principles
and laws governing the developmental processes in man, and in particular
the psychosocial and essential growth of individuals and communities, in
order to discover how best to resolve the problems hindering creative human
development and personal fulfilment;
- Collect, collate and disseminate information and help organize exhibitions,
conferences, meetings and working parties concerned
with the investigation and communication of any aspects of personal and social
- By educational and all other appropriate means, assist individuals and
groups to understand and practice the principles of creative human development
for the general well-being of the human family.
The central role of MANKIND 2000 in pursuance of the general aims as stated,
shall consist in facilitating the recognition of significant distinctions and
the establishing of appropriate relationships, thereby developing the capacity
of mediation in the many fields of human inter-action.
Art. 4. - The membership shall comprise individuals and
corporate bodies having a particular concern for the present and anticipated
needs, goals, value priorities and welfare of the human community in general
and the human individual in particular.
Art. 5. - The Association shall consist of:
- Founder Members : those who present the Association for
registration in the first instance. Following the registration of the Association
they shall acquire the same rights and responsibilities as Full Members.
- Full Members : elected to such responsibility
by the Board of Directors on a two-thirds majority vote. They shall have
full voting rights. They shall be subject to payment of
an annual due the amount of which shall be decided annually by the General
Such Membership shall terminate in the event of failure to exercise voting
responsibility or lapse in the payment of annual dues after a cautionary
period of one year following the default.
- Life Members : individuals whose services
to MANKIND 2000 in particular or to mankind in general the
members may wish to recognise by inviting them to membership of the Association
for life. They shall have full voting rights and shall be absolved from the
payment of any annual due. Proposals for such membership shall require a
two-thirds majority of the General Assembly and a unanimous majority of the
Board of Directors.
- Consultative Members : experts in any field whom MANKIND 2000
may consult periodically and whose continuing services may in this manner
be recorded by mutual consent. They shall have no voting rights and shall
not be liable for payment of annual dues.
They shall be elected annually by the Board of Directors
on a two-thirds majority vote.
- Associate Members : elected to such membership by the
Board of Directors on a simple majority vote* They shall have no voting rights
or responsibilities. They shall be liable for payment of a minimum annual the
amount of which shall be decided by the General Assembly. This category of
membership is included for those who may wish to mark their interest in and
support for the aims, intentions and activities of MANKIND 2000
through such associative membership.
All members holding full voting rights shall be entitled to receive full
information concerning the affairs and operations of the Association relevant
to their exercising their responsibilities toward the association.
Members without voting rights shall periodically receive information concerning
the affairs and operations of the Association which may be considered of general
interest to them.
Art. 6. - All applications for membership shall be subject to a decision
of the Board of Directors.
Art. 7. - AnyMember may resign at any time by giving three months notice
to be delivered in writing to the Executive Director.
Art. 8. - Any Member may be excluded from the Association by a two-thirds
majority decision of the General Assembly. No member shall be excluded except
upon three months notice from the Executive Director by mail specifying the
grounds upon which exclusion is based, and after having been given the opportunity
to be heard.
Art. 9. - A member who resigns or is excluded shall forfeit any right to
any part of the assets of the Association. Resignation or exclusion of a member
shall not relieve such member from the obligation to pay dues for the financial
year in which resignation or exclusion takes place.
Art. 10. - The General Assembly of Members shall have all powers for the performance
and execution, of the purposes of the Association.
Art. 11. - The General Assembly shall be held at least once a year, at such
time and place as the Board of Directors may decide.
Convening notice shall be sent, at least four months prior to the date of the
General Assembly by the Executive Director as the representative of the Board
Members of the General Assembly may require the Board of Directors to hold
an extraordinary General Meeting on written request to the Executive Director
on the part of a two-thirds majority of the voting membership.
Each full voting member may be represented at the General Meeting by another
full voting member. No member shall hold more than two proxies.
A quorum shall be constituted by the presence of one quarter of the total
full voting membership including the Board of Directors and any members represented
Art. 12, - The General Assembly shall only discuss the items appearing on
Art. 13• - Except In special cases provided for by the
Constitution or Rules of Order, decision shall be carried by a simple majority
vote of the full voting members present or represented. Votes shall be cast
according to the procedure described in the Rules of Order.
Art. 14. - The Association shall be administered by a Board of Directors,
consisting of at least three and not more than twenty one members, all physical
persons. At least one of them shall be of Belgian nationality.
Art. 15. - Directors shall be elected by the General Assembly for a term of
four years. They may be re-elected. They may be relieved of their duties by
the General Assembly. Such decision shall require a majority vote of at least
two thirds of the full voting members present or represented.
Art. 16. - The Board of Directors shall elect from amongst its members a Chairman
an Executive Director, and a Treasurer, Their term of office shall be two years*
They may be re-elected.
Art. 17. - Meetings of the Board shall be held at such time and
place as the Board may decide, but must be held at least once in every
year. At least one month's prior notice of the Board. Meetings
shall normally be given by the Executive Director. Each
Board member may be represented at Board meetings by another Board
member* No member of the Board, shall hold more than two proxies.
Except in special cases, provided for by the Constitution or Rules of
Order, decisions shall be carried by a simple majority vote. Yotes shall be
cast according to the procedure described in the Rules of Order.
Art. 18. - The Board of Directors shall have full powers of administration
and management subject to the prerogatives of the General Assembly. The Board
may delegate the day-to-day management of the Association to the Executive
Director who shall also have authority to call special meetings of the Board
of Directors in circumstances considered by him to be exceptional. All the
deeds committing the Association shall, except for special proxies, be signed
by the Executive Director and one other, who shall not be
required to produce proof of their powers/to third parties.
Legal proceedings, both as plaintiff and as defendant, shall
be tTaken, with due action, by the Board of Directors represented by the Chairman
or a Director designated for this purpose by the latter.
Budget and Accounts
Art. 19. - The accounts shall be closed on 31st December of each year.
Art. 20. - Every year, the Board of Directors shall communicate the accounts
of the closed financial year and the estimated budget for the ensuing year
for the approval of the General Assembly.
Amendments to the Constitution and Dissolution
Art. 21. - Any proposal regarding amendments to the Constitution or the dissolution
of the Association shall emanate from the Board of Directors or from three
quarters of the Association full voting members. The Board of Directors shall
advise the members of the Association at least four months 'in advance
of the date of the General Assembly which shall deliberate on the proposals
No decision shall be adopted unless it is voted by a two-thirds majority
of the Association full voting members. However, if
less than two-thirds of the full voting members are present
or represented at the meeting, a new General Assembly shall be convened in
the same conditions as the preceding one, which subsequent meeting shall definitely
and validly decide on the proposal in question, by a majority of two-thirds of
the full voting members present or represented.
In the event of dissolution, the General Assembly shall determine the method
of winding up and liquidation of the Association.
Art. 22. - Anything which is not provided for by the present Constitution,
and in particular the publications to be made to the Belgian. Official
Gazette shall be settled according to the provisions of the Belgian law
of 25th October 1919 amended 6th December 1954.