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Chapter 3 : Structure

Article 3.1
With a view to implementing the objectives in the Preamble, the World Council will establish a three-tier structure as described below:

1. World Council of Religious Leaders will be headquartered in New York City, USA


2. Regional Councils of Religious Leaders will be located alongside the regional offices of the UN. They will work with the pre-eminent religious leaders and established networks and religious bodies of their areas.


3. National Council of Religious Leaders will be situated in each member country of the United Nations. Each of these councils will be autonomous but will be linked with the World Council.

Recognizing that much progress has already been made in the inter-religious field, the World Council will work with established organizations and networks in setting up this structure.

Article 3.2
The World Council will be composed of eminent religious and spiritual leaders from the member states of the United Nations. It will guide the composition and the activities of the Regional and the National Councils. The World Council will appoint co-chairs from traditional religions as well as the indigenous traditions. The appointment of co-chairs shall take into account both religious representation and geographical distribution as well as gender equity. The World Council of Religious Leaders evolved out of the Millennium World Peace Summit, which is registered in New York City as a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The World Council developed through extensive consultations which Summit participants. Thus the World Council will maintain the Secretariat of the Millennium World Peace Summit, administered by a Secretary General and charged with the organizational tasks of The World Council. The World Council will appoint two co-chairs from each of the major five religions as well as the indigenous traditions, for a total of 12 co-chairs. The co-chairs will maintain this position for a term of two years. This group will appoint a Chairperson, by rotation through the religions, also for a term of two years. The Chairperson and co-chairs, along with the Secretary General, will constitute the Executive Committee and will help establish the overall policy and direction of the Council. The Executive Committee will guide the strategy and actions of the Council. In times of world or regional crisis, the members of the Executive Committee can be spokespersons. The interim co-chairs of the Steering Committee will become the board of the World Council to oversee the running and administration of the World Council. The current board of the Millennium World Peace Summit will fold into this new board. This board will seek to expand with the induction of business, political and religious leaders.

The World Council of Religious Leaders will develop its own bylaws and constitution, incorporating the existing bylaws for the Millennium World Peace Summit.

Article 3.3
The Regional Councils will be composed of eminent leaders nominated by the National Councils. They will each have co-presidents and a secretary, who will work closely with the Secretariat in New York. The co-presidents will be nominated for a term of two years on a rotational basis.

Article 3.4
The National Councils will consist of religious and spiritual leaders within the nation. The National Councils will each have a president and a secretary, who will have a two-year tenure on a rotational basis.

Article 3.5
The World Council will establish various task forces and commissions to address specific issues, with scholars and experts in the field. Thus these commissions can:

a) Act as a forum to discuss events and areas of potential religious tension and conflict in the world;


b) Consider and hear disputes and matters of concern to any religion;


c) Hear disputes regarding violations of the Charter; and


d) Propose recommendations to the World Council regarding any action taken up by the United Nations or the International or National Bodies.

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