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Organising locally to bring about global change
ILGA XXIV World Conference: 3 - 6 November 2008, Vienna, Austria
The 24rth World Conference of the International Lesbian and Gay Association will be held in Vienna, November 3 to 6, 2008. It will be co-organised by local member group Hosi-Wien. Its theme will be “Organising locally to bring about global change”.

ILGA celebrates its 30th anniversary this year!
Founded in 1978, the International Lesbian and Gay Association, is now a federation of over 600 groups in over 90 countries campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) rights.

ILGA conferences are open to all. They are a unique opportunity to meet lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists campaigning in all regions of the world.

In order to fully participate to the event by attending caucuses, decide on the agenda, present a candidate and vote, an LGBT group needs to become a full member of ILGA and pay its annual contribution to the work of the organisation (current and two previous years).

Attendees are required to contribute to conference expenses as the gatherings are always organised by local LGBT groups. This year's conference will unfortunately have a limited number of spaces and therefore all those who are interested in attending will be asked to send an application to the office by August 3 as well as a request for a scholarship, if needed. A selection will be made in order to respect a fair regional; organizational, identity and gender balance both in terms of participation and scholarships. Regional board members elected at ILGA’s regional conferences will have priority.

We advise not to make any travel arrangements before getting confirmation you will be able to attend (this also applies to non-scholars).

ILGA’s world conference is the privileged moment where members can directly impact the work of the association, including making amendments to its Constitution and Standing Orders. These two founding documents for ILGA give shape to the democratic structure of the organisation and ensure its legitimacy as the single world federation of groups fighting for equal rights of LGBTI people.

The calendar so that a full member organization can present proposals to be discussed during the conference is set by Standing Orders at 12 weeks before the conference (Monday Nov 3 being a day dedicated to pre-conferences). This year, the proposals of the groups must thus arrive at the secretariat of the ILGA at the latest on August 11 2008.

Those proposals must be sent to information@ilga.org

Proposals previously sent on time by member groups for the Quebec conference do not need to be submitted again.

ILGA’s office will send all proposals to members 10 weeks before the conference, that is to say on August 25.

The members of ILGA will then have 4 weeks to react to these proposals and to make proposals to amend them. They will be able to send their amendments to the secretariat 6 weeks before the conference, the deadline being September 22.
The final agenda will be published 3 weeks before the conference, on October 13.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and to your participation in the work of our federation,

ILGA World Secretariat

Background on Resolutions

Resolutions will normally be formulated as a statement leading to a request to somebody to do something. This will be followed by an explanatory note giving the background and reason.

Background on Constitutional Amendments:
The constitution of ILGA stipulates in C11:
- An amendment to the Constitution can only be considered at a World Conference if the proposal has been submitted and circulated according to the rules in C7 (which states the deadlines to receive and publish material as indicated above). The World Conference can consider the amendment proposed and any alterations to the amendment, which are not outside the scope of the proposed amendment.
- Adoption of changes to the constitution requires a majority of 75% of the votes cast for and against.

It is very important that a proposal to change the constitution or the standing orders is very clear about what should be changed.

The format for such proposals is:

“In the constitution, section X.y change “ xxxx “ to “yyyy”” or
“In the constitution, section X.y delete “ xxxx “ and insert “yyyy”” or
“In the constitution, section X.y delete “ xxxx “ or
“In the constitution, delete section X.y” or
“In the constitution, insert a new section X.y: “yyyy””

Furthermore there should be an explanatory note telling why the proposed amendments are wanted.