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July 23, 2007

Committee Reports

Treasurer's Report

Report from the International Treasurer, Michaela Todd. Presented by Tamara James, Co-President of WILPF US. Michaela was unable to join us due to work commitments, and Tamara - a member of the Standing Finance Committee - volunteered to help with the presentation of our finances.

Request to increase the Geneva budget: to hire a development director, a part-time intern.
PeaceWomen Project is funded through December 2007, grant proposals are pending

Budget Forecast created for the next 3 years
Section Fees: IEC 2006 discussed and approved the recommendation of a new section fee structure based on the Netherlands proposal
Quasi-Endowment: 30% of a donation/bequest over 50,000 CHF in a quasi-endowment

Decisions to be Made
2006 audits approved
2008 budget approved
Section Fee decision approved

Assessment: 110,000 CHF. Actually received: 95,000 CHF - 57,000 CHF received, 40,000 CHF expected by end of year.

WILPF Constitution Committee Report

Questions from the floor:
There was serious concern about the fact that people don't have hard copies of the amendments and that the fact that they were available on the web was not clear.
Serious reservations about removing "political" from our aims.

WILPF India officially invited the International Executive Committee to hold its next meeting in India.

Appointing the Election Committee
Discussion of whether to accept the proposed 5 person committee from the pre-Congress IEC meeting or to accept a proposal from the Swedish section or to allow 3 observers on the committee.
Decision to have a ballot election following dinner

Reading of the resolutions submitted before Congress. Statements from the floor on resolutions submitted at Congress. Proposed Resolutions Committee accepted.

Program Committee
To observe the proceedings of Congress and propose a set

3 February 1962: the US blockade began
This presentation was very detailed and included a powerpoint presentation. I want to apologize for not capturing the entire presentation - I'm having a lot of trouble following the translator.
Cuban people chose to launch an economic system to combat the capitalism of the US. They specifically chose not to launch a military war. In response, the US issued an economic blockade on Cuba and makes it very difficult for its citizens to visit Cuba.
Colin Powell is the head of a commission created by G.W. Bush in October, 2003 "the Commission to Help a Free Cuba"
Presented statistics on how the revolution has made Cuba a 100% literate country, more doctors, more electricity.
Cuban Principles:

We decided to move the remaining program items to after dinner. It's now after dinner, so I better get back into the plenary room.

Posted by cj at July 23, 2007 4:31 PM


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