Statues of the
Name, headquarters and format
1 Under the name of the TI-MUN Association (in full, the Model United Nations Association - Ticino), hereinafter Association, an association is established pursuant to art 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code.
2 The headquarters of the Association is at the home of its Secretary General.
3 The Association is non-profit, non-political and non-denominational.
Aims of the Association
The Association pursues the following objectives:
a) promote the goals and objectives of the United Nations;
b) favor the organization in the Canton of Ticino of simulations of conferences, bodies, agencies or any other multilateral negotiation forum through the Model United Nations or similars;
c) help Ticino youth organizations and teachers who practice, for educational or cultural purposes, activities related to the United Nations or simulations based on the Model United Nations;
d) promote, alongside the objectives of the UN, those of Switzerland as a place of peace and multilateral democracy, as well as of cultural exchange;
e) integrate the training of the people involved in the activities of the Association by bringing a practical dimension to their theoretical knowledge.
1 For the achievement of the purpose, the Association utilises:
a) the annual membership fee paid by its members;
b) any private and public contributions;
c) proceeds from courses, events and any other initiative implemented pursuant to art. 2.
2 The Association does not exercise a gainful activity. Its resources and the proceeds from its activities are intended for the achievement of its purposes.
3 Excluded and resigning members are not entitled to a refund of the fee for the current fiscal year. Any personal claim of a shareholder on the share capital is excluded.
Bodies of the Association
The bodies of the Association are the Social Assembly, the General Secretariat, the MUN General Committee and the Audit Office.
Members, admission and forfeiture
1 Each individual can submit a request to join the Association at the General Secretariat and become an active member after acceptance.
2 Each shareholder can resign from the company by sending a written letter or email to the General Secretariat. The resignation comes into force after acceptance.
3 Membership of the company lapses after failure to pay three consecutive annual membership fees.
4 The exclusion of a shareholder can occur for serious behavior contrary to the statute, the law, the corporate spirit, morality or for other serious reasons. The exclusion proposal is submitted by the General Secretariat to the decision of the Social Assembly, after hearing the reasons of the person concerned.
1 The Social Assembly is the supreme body of the Association.
2 The Ordinary Assembly is convened by the General Secretariat at least once a year. The convocation must be sent to the shareholders in writing, at least 10 days before the meeting, attached to the agenda and include any plans to modify the statutes and regulations. Members who wish the General Secretariat to take a position on any issues not included in the agenda are required to forward the related requests or proposals to the General Secretariat in writing within 5 days before the Assembly.
3 Extraordinary Assemblies can be called by the General Secretariat, on its own initiative or at the request of at least ⅕ of the members, in written form, at least 10 days before the Assembly.
4 In the case that a shareholder is unable to vote they can delegate the expression of their vote to another shareholder, considering that no shareholder can express more than one delegated vote.
5 The Assembly decides by majority of the active members present. In the event of a tie, the vote of the President of the Assembly decides.
6 The responsibilities of the Shareholders' Meeting are:
a) the appointment and dismissal of the statutory bodies and the Secretary General;
b) the adoption and modification of the statutes;
c) the approval of the annual report of the General Secretariat and of the Audit Office, of the activity program, of the final balance and of the budget;
d) the determination of the amount of the membership fee;
e) the exclusion of members, on the proposal of the General Secretariat;
f) the dissolution and liquidation of the Association;
g) the decision on all items not attributed to the other corporate bodies.
General Secretary of the Association and General Secretariat
1 The General Secretariat is the executive body of the Association. The Secretary General is the President of the Association.
2 The General Secretariat is composed of the General Secretary of the Association and a further 2 or 4 members, appointed by the Social Assembly for a period of 2 years. The Secretary General and the members of the Secretariat can be re-elected.
3 The General Secretariat appoints the Deputy Secretary General from among its members and entrusts its members with the other duties necessary for the performance of its duties.
4 The General Secretariat is competent to:
a) promote the activities necessary for the achievement of the purpose;
b) direct the Association and take care of its current management;
c) evaluate the requests for membership of the company and for resignation;
d) represent the Association in matters concerning third parties.
5 The General Secretariat is convened by the Secretary General or by at least two of its members, with at least 10 days notice. The decisions of the General Secretariat are taken by a simple majority of the members present; in the event of a tie, the vote of the Secretary General decides.
6 Except for current ordinary administrative affairs, where the signature of the Secretary General is sufficient, the Association is validly represented by the joint signature of the Secretary General and another member. The Secretary General can delegate his right of signature to the Deputy Secretary, who also replaces him in case of permanent impediment.
MUN General Committee
1 The MUN General Committee is composed of its Undersecretary General and at least 2 other members, appointed by the General Secretariat for a period of 2 years. The Undersecretary General and the members of the MUN General Committee are eligible for re-election.
2 The MUN General Committee is competent to:
a) organize the activities of the MUN promoted by the Association and establish the issues to be addressed;
b) directing MUN activities during MUN simulations;
c) carry out consultancy activities in the context of MUN simulations;
d) to collaborate with the General Secretariat for the pursuit of its aim.
3 The work of the MUN General Committee is directed by its Undersecretary General. Decisions are taken by a simple majority of the members present; in the event of a tie, the vote of its Undersecretary General decides.
1 The Auditors consist of an auditor and a subsitute, from outside the General Secretariat, elected by the General Shareholders' Meeting for a period of 2 years.
2 The auditors must verify the accounts of the Association and submit a report to the Assembly for their approval. The annual fiscal year begins on January 1st and ends on December 31st of the same calendar year.
Commitments towards third parties
The Association is liable towards third parties only with the social assets.
Any personal liability of the members is excluded.
1 The dissolution of the Association can be decided at any time by the Social Assembly, by a majority of ⅔ of the members present, provided that at least ⅔ of the active members are present.
2 In case of dissolution of the Association, the net assets will be devolved to another Association or body having the same or similar purpose.
Although not expressly provided for in this statute, the provisions of the Swiss Civil Code (articles 60 et seq.) apply.