Review of the regional offices

Proposed by the National Union of Journalists, UK and Ireland

The World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists, meeting in Angers from June 7th – 10th 2016,

noting that regional structures continue to play an important role in helping develop the capacity of IFJ regions;

recalling motion 15 agreed by the Dublin congress setting out a path for developing IFJ regions through the building of the capacity of the regional offices and an increase in their functions;

welcoming the effort by the Secretariat to coordinate this work, in particular by arranging meetings of the regional directors to exchange information and to harmonise their activities;

concerned that governance and financial difficulties raised the need to review IFJ organisational and developmental framework for its regions;

reiterating that regional offices should at all time work under the full authority of and be accountable to the IFJ secretariat;

Congress calls on the incoming Executive Committee to:

  1. initiate an urgent detailed review of the organisational and managerial structures of the regional offices including their funding, training of staff and ways of working;
  2. implement the review as soon as possible in order to ensure that any growth of regional work is carried out in an ordered and efficient way supported by viable financial plans.

Roll call vote: Result

For:  136

Against: 123

Abstentions: 7

Motion Carried