Guidance for National Society Statutes

The Guidance for National Society Statutes (2018) is our key guiding resource to support National Societies to develop, review and revise their statutes and other relevant regulatory or policy base texts. Doing so can help them to carry out their humanitarian mandates and roles effectively and in accordance with the mission and Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

The guidance document is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian.

It contains some illustrations of how National Societies have translated the standards of the Guidance document, which can also all be found here. These illustrations are designed to provide a fuller understanding of the standards and potential approaches for meeting its 'must' and/or 'could' elements.

To support National Societies to:

  1. Conduct and perform their governance functions (meetings, e-elections, voting, disciplinary processes, handling of complaints, etc.) remotely, an Addendum to the Guidance document has been adopted; the English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian versions are available here.
  2. Conduct revisions of their Statutes, an Advisory Note entitled: “Recommendations to National Societies on their Statutes Revision Process” was developed and can be accessed in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish version here.
  3. Learn more about the National Society Statutes Revision, the Guidance document and the Joint Statutes Commission, we have developed a master presentation which can be accessed in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish version here.

For further advice or support, please contact guidance.document@ifrc.org

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