The Statutes

The Oslo Coalition Statutes

§ 1 Foundation
The Oslo Coalition was established by the participants of the Oslo Conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief, which was held in August 1998 in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The “Oslo Declaration on Freedom of Religion or Belief” (hereafter the Oslo Declaration) that was drawn up at the conference requested that the organisors and sponsors of the conference should create the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief (herafter the Oslo Coalition). Working with the UN system, the Oslo Coalition should invite support and participation from the authorities, religious and life-stance communities, academic institutions and private organisations. Furthermore, the Oslo Coalition should draw up a strategic action plan and should raise the necessary resources to carry through projects and programmes based on the recommendations in the Oslo Declaration.

The Norwegian conference organisors: The Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities (CRL) in Norway and the Church of Norway Council (CNC) established the Oslo Coalition in the autumn of 1998, with the Norwegian Centre of Human Rights (NCHR) at the University of Oslo as a partner.

§ 2 Objective
The Oslo Coalition shall, in cooperation with the authorities, religious and life-stance communities, academic institutions and private organisations

  • draw up action plans and raise the funding and resources for programmes and projects that can contribute to realizing the recommendations of the Oslo Declaration
  • coordinate individual projects that can promote the aims of the Oslo Declaration.

§ 3 Steering Committee
The Oslo Coalition’s highest executive body is the Steering Committee consisting of the directors/general secretaries of the CRL, the CNC and the NCHR (hereafter the Founding Organisations).

The Steering Committee shall meet once a year.

The Steering Committee shall approve the annual accounts, the annual report and the annual action plan and budget, and shall also appoint the 7 Executive Board members as follows: 3 members nominated by the CRL, 3 members nominated by the NCHR, and 1 member nominated by the CNC.

§ 4 Executive Board
The Oslo Coalition is managed by the Executive Board (hereafter the Board).

Board members are nominated for 3 years and can be re-nominated twice.

The Board elects its own Chairperson and Vice Chairperson.

The Board is convened by the Chairperson. There should be a Board meeting at least every 6 months. A Board meeting should be convened if requested by at least 4 members.

The Board is a quorum when at least 5 members are present.

Board resolutions require a simple majority. In the case of a tie, the chairperson’s vote weighs double.

The Board shall

  • manage the work of the Oslo Coalition between the Steering Committee meetings
  • initiate and/or participate in new appointments
  • discuss and make decisions on affairs that are not delegated to the chairperson
  • ensure continous reporting to the Founding Organisations and donor authorities.

§ 5 Working Committee and Project Groups
The Board can delegate tasks to a working committee consisting of the chairperson, vice chairperson and a member elected from the board members.

The Board can create project groups and councils to attend to special tasks within the Oslo Coalition’s field of action.

§ 6 The Oslo Coalition Programme Director
The Board can initiate or participate in the appointment of a programme director for the Oslo Coalition, with responsibility for coordinating the Oslo Coalition’s activities. The Programme Director is employed by NCHR, thus the formal employer is the University of Oslo.

The Oslo Coalition Programme Director has the day to day responsibility for the administration, planning and finance. The Programme Director prepares and executes the work resolved by the Board.

Working instructions and the tasks of the Programme Director are decided by NCHR after the Board has given an opinion.

§ 7 Finance
The Oslo Coalition’s activities are funded by contributions (economic or in work hours) by the founding organisations or other cooperative partners, and grants from the authorities. The Oslo Coalition may not incur debt, nor take on tasks beyond the framework limited by the confirmed funding/grants. The budget, the accounts and the professional quality of funding applications are to be quality assured by the NCHR.

§ 8 Changes to the Statutes
These statutes can be changed only after all three founding organisations have had the opportunity to give their opinion, by a 2/3 majority two consequetive Board meetings.

§ 9 Closure
A decision to close down the Oslo Coalition can be resolved by the Steering Committee. Any resources possessed by the organisation on closing will be transferred to other projects that fall within the § 2 of these Statutes.

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