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How Operation of the UIA has been Systematically Undermined

Checklist of measures undermining the viability of the Union of International Associations


How Operation of the UIA has been Systematically Undermined
2004-2005
Oct 2005-Sept 2006
Oct 2006-

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PRE-2004

Appointment of 'hands-off' Secretarys-General and Presidents

  • Briefing them on their lack of need to be in any way concerned with Secretariat operations for which they were formally responsibly
  • Accepting their minimal efforts, in comparison with their predecessors and peers, to engage with other institutions - through, and beyond, the networks with which it was assumed they were associated

Cooptation of uninvolved eminent persons, as Active Members with statutory responsibilities, rather than as Honorary Members

Emphasis on unfeasible application of abstract, unquestionable principles

  • Appeal to UN standards in seeking geographical representation of membership and staff, irrespective of the potential travel and relocation costs
  • Avoidance of business and management criteria required for operations expected to generate their own resources in an increasingly competitive environment

Insistence of elected administrators on generic solutions with which they were familiar and comfortable -- without questioning whether they had adequately understood the concrete situation to which they sought to apply such formula

Avoidance of debate on controversial, complex substantive issues

  • Evolving nature of 'civil society'
  • Evolving nature of UIA 'business' - challenges and opportunities
  • Evolution of knowledge society and its technical infrastructure - in terms of the UIA documentary heritage from its founders
  • Inadequacies of statutes and bye-laws for effective rapid decision-making

Inability to develop an effective pattern of electronic communications with, or between Active Members, Council Members or Bureau Members - and staff

Inability to enlist support of Active Members (including Council and Bureau Members) in enabling access to outside funding, support or useful contacts

Failure of those elected to the Council/Bureau:

  • to formally recuse themselves in the case of issues beyond their competence
  • to formally retire, rather than absent themselves from meetings, when they ceased to be interested or were physically or financially unable to attend meetings or participate electronically

Inability to give due consideration to documented analyses of challenges and opportunities formally presented by the Secretariat