Preamble:

Whereas the General Assembly of IUCN at Buenos Aires, recommended that the Union should be a "member driven" rather than a 'bureau driven' organization, with full participation of members in the planning of IUCN programmes in the world. And whereas the revised statutes adopted at IUCN Congress at Montreal in 1996, termed the National and Regional committees as the main driving forces of the Union.

And whereas members are now required to participate in National and Regional committees, and to be informed regularly about the budget and activities of IUCN, to support and facilitate the activities, in support of Union's objectives.

And whereas the members of IUCN Pakistan agreed to form the 'Pakistan National Committee" of IUCN (PNC-IUCN) at Quetta on 6 July 1996.

Now therefore the bye-laws are formulated for functioning of the PNC-IUCN


1.0 Ordainment:

1.1 That the Pakistan Committee of the IUCN is constituted and shall be deemed to have been constituted with effect from the 6th day of July 1996.

1.2 That the PNC-IUCN shall be open to all Pakistan members of IUCN.

2.0 Status:

2.1 That the PNC-IUCN shall be a self-governing independent body within the Framework of the objectives provided by the Statutes, Rules and Regulations of the World Conservation Union (IUCN).

2.2 That the PNC-IUCN will be supported by IUCN-Pakistan office, functioning as its Secretariat. The Secretariat will interalia arrange meetings of the PNC-IUCN as and when required, inform members and the DG in advance about the meetings and record and distribute minutes of meetings among the members. The Secretariat may also help in raising funds for the activities of PNC-IUCN. The Secretariat shall advise PNC-IUCN on procedures, constitutional and statutory provisions on issues under discussion.

3.0 Objectives:

3.1 To facilitate cooperation, cohesion and coordination among the members of the Union in Pakistan.

3.2 To promote the participation of members in the planning of IUCN programmes.

3.3 To develop networking among members, National and Regional Committees Of IUCN in order to accomplish the objectives of IUCN.

3.4 To promote the transition to sustainable development in Pakistan and to this end contribute towards the effective implementation of the National Conservation Strategy (NCS).

3.5 To support the ratification and implementation of international environment treaties and conventions in Pakistan.

3.6 To ensure that the views of the Pakistan members make an effective contribution to IUCN, and to facilitate the work of IUCN Pakistan members towards IUCN objectives.

3.7 To work on issues within the scope of IUCN that have implications beyond the borders of Pakistan and in which the members in Pakistan have some legitimate concern or interest.

3.8 To facilitate dialogue and arbitration among stakeholders on major developmental projects in the country with the potential of impacting adversely on the lives of the people.

4.0 Functions of the PNC-IUCN:

4.1 Take advocacy positions on issues of interest.

4.2 To develop contact and a working relationship with other National Committees and Regional Committees of IUCN.

4.3 To send an annual report of PNC activities to the IUCN Council and the DG.

4.4 To coordinate joint-studies by members on national and regional environmental problems.

4.5 To act as the forum for dissemination of IUCN documents.

4.6 To monitor and strengthen the work of the Pakistan Environment Protection Council.

4.7 To coordinate with Standing Committees of Environment in the National Assembly and Senate and follow up on their work.

5.0 General Body and its functions:

5.1 All the members of IUCN resident in Pakistan will be eligible for membership of the PNC-IUCN.

5.2 All members of IUCN Commissions and IUCN staff may participate in meetings of PNC-IUCN but shall not be eligible to vote.

5.3 All members of the PNC-IUCN will be equal in status and voting rights.

5.4 The meetings of the PNC-IUCN will be open to DG and Chairs of IUCN Commissions, Regional Councillors and other members of the Council resident in Pakistan who will be invited to participate in the meetings.

5.5 The PNC-IUCN may approach the IUCN secretariat, international donors and foundations for raising funds for its activities.

5.6 The General Body shall elect an Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall have seven members, including a Chair (elected directly by the General Body), the Regional Councillor (where present), four elected members and co-opted member/s to bring about gender, regional or institutional balance.

5.7 To ensure the smooth running of the Pakistan National Committee’s (PNC) affairs, the membership of government agencies in the Executive Committee of the PNC shall be through a designated position from within the member institutions.

5.8 The executive committee when elected by vote will be required to complete a 2- year term.

5.9 The same Members(s) could be re-elected by vote to fulfill a further 2-year term if so desired by PNC-IUCN membership.

5.10 The Executive Committee, at its first meeting, shall elect a Vice -Chair from amongst its members. If the Chair is from the NGO sector the Vice Chair shall be from the government sector, and vice versa.

5.11 The Regional Councillor, where present, shall be eligible for election as Chair.

5.12 In the event of any vacancy occurring in the Executive Committee, the Executive Committee shall have the right to fill such vacancy from among the members of the General Body. No decision, proceedings or act of the Executive Committee would be deemed invalid or otherwise ineffective only for the reason that the vacancy is not filled.

5.13 The General Body of PNC-IUCN may appoint from amongst its members task committees, negotiation committees and any other subcommittees as and when required. Such committees shall elect their own Chair and adopt procedures not inconsistent with the IUCN Statutes and its Rules and Regulations.

5.14 The General Body of the PNC-IUCN may remove any elected or co-opted member/s or Chair of the Executive Committee or any other committee with a vote of not less than two-thirds of the General Body's total members.

5.15 One-third of the members of the General Body shall form the quorum for its meetings. No quorum will be required for an adjourned meeting, for which a minimum of seven days notice shall be given.

5.16 One-third of the members of the General Body, through a written notice specifying the purpose and agenda addressed to the Chair, may requisition an emergency General Body meeting. The Chair shall convene the requisitioned meeting within 15 days of receipt of notice.

5.17 The General Body shall appoint an auditor in its annual meetings for auditing accounts.

6.0 Executive Committee and its functions:

6.1 The Executive Committee of the PNC-IUCN will be responsible for carrying out all tasks and policies set by the General Body of PNC-IUCN.

6.2 The Chair shall convene all the meetings of the Executive Committee and the General Body of the PNC-IUCN. In the absence of the Chair the Vice Chair shall preside over the meetings. In the absence of both the Chair and the Vice Chair the Executive Committee may elect any member to chair that particular meeting.

6.3 The Executive Committee may nominate any member/s of PNC-IUCN to participate in national and international meetings, negotiation processes and conventions relevant to sustainable development.

6.4 Four members shall form the quorum of the Executive Committee meeting. No quorum is required for an adjourned meeting, for which a proper notice shall be given.

6.5 The Executive Committee of the PNC-IUCN may appoint from amongst its members task committees, negotiation committees and any other sub-committees as and when required. Such committees shall elect their own Chair and adopt procedures not inconsistent with the IUCN Statutes and its Rules and Regulations.

6.6 Any member of the Executive Committee, or any other committee constituted under the bye-laws, may resign in writing, addressing the resignation to the Chair. On acceptance of the resignation by the Executive Committee, the vacant post will be filled by the' Executive Committee through co-option.

6.7 The Chair may resign in writing addressed to the Vice Chair. On acceptance of the resignation by the Executive Committee, the Vice Chair will take the position of Chair and the Executive Committee will co-opt a new Vice Chair.

7.0 Elections:

7.1 Two months prior to the expiry of the Executive Committee shall invite members of the General Body to nominate suitable individuals for election as members of the Executive Committee and Chair. The nomination papers will be endorsed by at least two members and accepted by the nominee.

7.2 The IUCN Country Office will oversee the election process and the IUCN Country Representative will act as Election Commissioner.

7.3 The Regional Councillor shall convene a meeting of the members of IUCN in Pakistan for adopting the Bye-Laws and in the same meeting fix the date for the first elections.

8.0 Amendment:

8.1 The General Body may amend the bye-laws by a resolution passed by the votes of not less than two-thirds of its total membership.

8.2 A resolution containing the proposed amendment and a summary of reasons for the proposed amendment signed by at least ten members, out of which four should be from NGOs and four from government/state, be served on the Chair who will convene a meeting of the General Body.