Diplomatic Council Statuten
Das Diplomatic Council hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, mit den Mitteln der Diplomatie dazu beizutragen, dass die Menschen überall auf der Erde in Frieden leben können. Hierzu setzt das DC auf die weltweite Zusammenarbeit, um internationale Probleme wirtschaftlicher, sozialer, kultureller und humanitärer Art zu lösen und die Achtung vor den Menschenrechten und Grundfreiheiten für alle ohne Unterschied der Rasse, des Geschlechts, der Sprache oder der Religion zu fördern und zu festigen.
Den Mitgliedern ist es eine Ehre, sich so weit wie möglich gegenseitig im Sinne der Ziele zu unterstützen. Eine Mitgliedschaft gilt lebenslang, sofern sie nicht vom Mitglied gekündigt oder vom Diplomatic Council aus wichtigem Grund entzogen wird. Als wichtige Gründe gelten Verstöße gegen die Ziele der Organisation oder die Verweigerung der Hilfe einem anderen Mitglied gegenüber bei der Erreichung der Ziele.
Die Wurzeln des Diplomatic Council gehen auf Botschafter Buddhi Athauda (Sri Lanka) zurück, der heute als Gründungspräsident engagiert ist. Er steht einem Präsidium von Persönlichkeiten überwiegend aus diplomatischen Kreisen vor, das gemeinsam die Geschicke der Organisation lenkt. Die offizielle Amtssprache ist Englisch. Eine Korrespondenz in anderen anerkannten Sprachen ist erlaubt, soweit praktikabel. Auf Aufforderung des Präsidiums ist die Korrespondenz für sämtliche das Diplomatic Council betreffende Angelegenheiten in englischer Sprache bereitzustellen.
Organe sind das Präsidium, der Rat der Botschafter, das Executive Committee, das Steering Committee und das Generalsekretariat. Die Einrichtung weiterer Organe kann bei Bedarf erfolgen. Die Finanzierung erfolgt aus den Beiträgen der Mitglieder sowie den Zuwendungen von Sponsoren, die die Ziele des Diplomatic Council unterstützen. Fördermitglieder und Sponsoren sind nach Prüfung durch das Präsidium willkommen.
Diplomatic Council Constitution
Name, Location and Type
The Diplomatic Council (DC) is a non-governmental civil society think tank organization with the objective to serve as a bridge between diplomacy on the one hand and economy and society on the other hand headquartered in Wiesbaden and The Hague.
Mission, Vision, Objective
The Diplomatic Council strongly believes that a thriving economy bringing prosperity to mankind is one of the best guarantor for peace. This revelation is the motivation for the Diplomatic Council to translate its goal of promoting international understanding into an economic mandate. The underlying methodology of a global business network is linked to the diplomatic communication level of the different nations.
The experts and leaders engaged in the Diplomatic Council play a key role in consulting the diplomats on how the economic principles can be transferred into the global diplomatic network. Vice versa the diplomats shall use their diplomatic competency to warrant that the economic activities ultimately shall promote understanding amongst nations and safeguard peace. Against this background, the Diplomatic Council welcomes those personalities from diplomacy, economy and society who enjoy high degrees of acceptance, high levels of expertise and who pursue the same visions and values.
Organizational values and competencies define acceptable standards, which govern the behaviour of individuals within the organization. They set common norms of dealing with each other while working to achieve the organizational goals and objectives. The Diplomatic Council believes that the below mentioned values are core to its vision and would seek to promote them through its work:
- United Nations Charta
- Form a global community that has the vision that all economic activities in all industry sectors all around the world are in compliance with the Charta of the United Nations.
- Honesty and integrity
- Adhering to the organizational values,
- Being fair, objective and impartial in decision making.
- Inclusiveness, Secularism, Pluralism
- Respect difference and welcome alternative viewpoints as long as they are in line with the Charta of the United Nations,
- Values team work,
- Treat people equitably and support diversity regarding gender, religion, ethics.
- International Solidarity, Independence and Respect
- Global coverage and consideration of impacts on other nations and industries,
- Independence from governments and corporations,
- Give mutual respect.
Strategic Plan / Methodology
The Diplomatic Council network is organised across all countries and all industries but is also divided in sectoral forums including Healthcare, Human Space Flight, IT, Logistics, Media, Food & Beverage, Human Resources, Pharma, Security and more. The world economy is structured in branches making it necessary for the Diplomatic Council to also partition in sectors even though in the world of diplomacy an industrial classification is uncommon.
So the Diplomatic Council Organization is forming a global matrix network with:
- the diplomats representing the countries all around the globe on the one hand,
- business leaders and experts representing the industry sectors on the other hand.
Organization Structure: Sub Categories, Titles, Decision Making
The Organization consists of the main governing bodies:
- The Ambassadors Circle including the Presidents,
- The Executive Committee including the Executive Presidents and the Secretary General,
- The Steering Committee including the Chairs,
- The Global Circle including the Voting Members.
The Ambassadors Circle represents the countries engaged in the Diplomatic Council. It is lead by a number of Ambassadors who form the Presidents Office of the Diplomatic Council. The Presidents are elected by the voting members of the Ambassadors Circle.
The Executive Committee comprises the personalities being responsible for the execution of the Diplomatic Council´s integrated strategy plan. Its members are elected by the voting members of the Global Circle.
The Steering Committee represents the industry sectors engaged in the Diplomatic Council. Each industry sector is headed by a chair and may additionally have a vice chair, a board of directors and an advisory board. Its members are elected by the voting members of the Global Circle
The Global Circle represents the Voting Members of the Diplomatic Council.
The Ambassadors Circle´s role is as follows:
- to focus on overall strategy,
- to set the Diplomatic Council´s vision and mission,
- to ensure compliance with the statute,
- to determine the Diplomatic Council integrated strategic plan including its financial strategy,
- to warrant that all economic activities ultimately shall promote understanding amongst nations and safeguard peace.
The Executive Committee includes several subbodies with the following roles:
- the Secretary General as a global spokesperson on behalf of the Diplomatic Council,
- Executive Presidents supporting the Presidents Office of the Ambassadors Circle.
The Steering Committee´s role is as follows:
- to focus on industry sector specific strategies (the leaders for a specific industry or business sector are called chairs),
- to represent the Diplomatic Council in the business world,
- to develop and execute methodologies to bring the Diplomatic Council´s vision and mission into action in the industry and business world including but not limited to
- quality certifications to ensure the quality level of products and services according to the core values of the Diplomatic Council,
- conferences, round tables and other meetings and events to help to establish the Diplomatic Council´s core values in the business world,
- to give advice to the Ambassadors Circle and the Global Circle.
The Global Circle´s role is as follows:
- to provide leadership and stewardship for the whole of the Diplomatic Council worldwide,
- to synchronize Ambassador´s Circle, Executive Committee´s and Steering Committee´s activities,
- to give advice to the Ambassadors Circle, the Executive Committee and the Steering Committee,
- to ensure the implementation of the integrated strategic plan,
- to develop the member structure and member fee plans,
- to ensure HR development,
- to ensure there is a sound financial policy for the Diplomatic Council and that the financial policy for the Diplomatic Council is consistently implemented across the international organization,
- to perform other functions conferred on it by the statute.
The Diplomatic Council is open to form new bodies and organizational structures that are necessary or helpful to obtain its goals.
The members of the Global Circle are triennially elected by the voting members of the Diplomatic Council. The members of the Ambassador´s Circle, the members of the Executive Committee and the members of the Steering Committee are triennially elected by the voting members of the Global Circle.
Membership Levels & Types
The Diplomatic Council´s Global Circle determines the membership levels, types and fee structure.
These membership levels are available:
- Diplomatic member: for diplomats only (Ambassadors, Consuls General, Honorary Consuls and other decision-making members of a Diplomatic Mission),
- Individual member: for individuals only,
- Corporate member: for companies of all sizes,
- Members by Invitation: only for members of a very high priority for reach of the goals of the Diplomatic Council (outstanding personalities).
Members at all levels can apply for an active (voting) or a passive (non-voting) membership. The Diplomatic Council is open to form new types of membership that are necessary or helpful to obtain its goals.
Membership fees and subscriptions shall be determined with a view to providing adequate funding for the administrative and operational budget of the Diplomatic Council but shall also reflect a faire value to members for the services rendered to them by the Diplomatic Council.
Regular meetings of the Diplomatic Council shall be convened at least every half year. The time and location of such meetings shall be determined by the Executive Committee with consideration of securing maximum membership attendance and transaction of essential topics. Guests are welcomed at most Diplomatic Council meetings.
At least one meeting annually shall provide voting members the opportunity for conduct Diplomatic Council activities including appropriate annual reports from officers and commitees. The quorum for the annual voting members meeting shall be fourty-five-percent (45%) of the voting members of the Diplomatic Council either present in person or represented by proxy.
Financial Aspects & Audits
An auditor appointed by the Global Circle of the Diplomatic Council shall annually audit the accounts of the Diplomatic Council. No part of the income or property of the Diplomatic Council shall directly or indirectly be paid or transferred otherwise than for valuable and sufficient consideration to any of its members by way of dividend, gift, division, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit.
The Diplomatic Council is supported by individuals, countries, corporations and organizations from around the world. These unaffiliated donations allow the Diplomatic Council to maintain complete independence from governments, political ideologies, economic interests and religions. The Diplomatic Council only accepts support from individuals, countries, corporations and organizations that have been carefully vetted. To be transparent in the source and use of funds and remain accountable to donors, individuals, countries, corporation and organizations should familiarize themselves with the legal framework they are operating in, and the reporting and accounting requirements of funders.
The Global Circle represents the voting Members of the Diplomatic Council. It shall have an triennual assembly to organize the votings for the members of the Steering Committee and the members of the Executive Committee.
Furthermore the simple majority of the voting members has to decide over:
- any change in the constitution,
- any change to the mission and vision,
- the addition of any other matter for decision within this sub-paragraph.
Decisions of the Global Circle shall be binding upon all bodies and members except in circumstances wherein the reasonable judgement of the affected bodies and members there are deemed to be impeding national, legal or life-threatining circumstances.
Amendments to Constitution
The Constitution may only be changed or added to with due observance of the provisions of the core values of the Diplomatic Council. The statute may be amended by the Global Circle by a simple majority.
The Hague / Wiesbaden, date: May, 31, 2014
H.E. Ambassador Buddhi K. Athauda
Founding President of The Diplomatic Council