The General Assembly is composed of all members of the IUHPE and is chaired by the President.
The General Assembly is the ultimate governing body of the IUHPE and is invested with all powers necessary to further IUHPE aims. It administers this responsibility through the Executive Board. In particular, the General Assembly:
receives reports on the activities, membership, finances, and any other significant business of the IUHPE;
approves amendments to the Constitution
engages in the work of the IUHPE at both global and regional levels through participation in Interest Groups, Networks and Global Working Groups and/or any other planned activity.
Types of resolutions
Resolutions on a position
A resolution on a position presents a stance on a particular health issue or policy and provides the necessary background information and data on the issue. Upon its acceptance, the resolution becomes an official document presenting the IUHPE's institutional position. A resolution on a position serves as the foundation and rationale for the IUHPE's Advocacy activities, and therefore reflects the broader strategic interests of the organisation. If action is required as a result of concerns presented in the position paper, this action may either be outlined in a formal resolution for support or action (see below) or may be followed up through the accepted channel for advocacy activities outlined in Section 38 of these Bye-laws.
Resolution for support or action
This type of resolution calls for specific action or steps to be taken, given a particular issue. The resolution should present the issue in an informative way, such as "Acknowledging..., Recognising..., Noting..." prior to stating the points for action. It should be relevant and affirmative, with the proposed action. It should identify a lead person to work on proposed resolution follow up when and if it is adopted by the General Assembly , in close collaboration with the Vice President for Advocacy, the Advocacy Working Group, and any relevant Vice President. This type of resolution also encompasses specific requests for action that are not necessary linked to the global organisation's strategic priorities, but that are relevant requests for precise action within the health promotion field
Guidelines for submission
Any member can submit a resolution in writing, in one of the IUHPE official languages (English, French or Spanish). To be considered, a resolution needs the support in writing of 10 members or accredited representatives.
A call for resolutions along with the procedures is circulated, at least three months in advance of the meeting of the general Assembly.
Submissions must clearly state under which one of the two categories of resolutions it falls. Once acceptance of the resolution for submission has been confirmed, it will be sent to the members of the IUHPE Board of Trustees and posted on the IUHPE's global website to allow for more in-depth debate and discussion. Early submissions will also allow for increased involvement and input from members who would not be attending the conference.
A Resolution Committee, chaired by the Immediate Past President, will consider all resolutions submitted, endorse them and present them for debate and voting at the General Assembly meeting.The Committee might reject resolutions which are not consistent with the goals, objectives and strategies of the IUHPE; or which do not involve action that needs to be taken; and which are not relevant or have been presented in a similar manner before at a General Assembly meeting of the Organisation
Resolutions presented, and passed, at the meeting of the General Assembly on 14 June 2007, in Vancouver, Canada