Referendum on the extension of the Executive Committee’s mandate: 1 to 3 June 2016published: May 18, 2016
Following the ISSC’s and International Council for Science (ICSU)’s executive bodies’ unanimous recommendation to members to merge into a single new organisation, the current ISSC Executive Committee requests an extension of its mandate for a period that will not exceed two years (until October 2018). The current ISSC Executive Committee was voted in with a three-year mandate – from the 2013 General Assembly in Montreal until the 2016 General Assembly in Oslo.
This extraordinary measure is in order to ensure continuity of leadership during the implementation phase of the proposed merger process. The vote on the extension of the mandate is not equal to a vote for the merger, or vice-versa. The discussion and vote on the merger will take place during the joint general assembly of ISSC and ICSU, on 24-25 October 2016, in Oslo, Norway.
The ISSC seeks to consult its membership on approval of the extension by means of an electronic voting procedure which will take place as follows:
- In the coming weeks, all voting members of the ISSC will receive an email from the official ISSC email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a link leading to an online survey powered by SurveyMonkey.
- Only voting Member Associations, Organisations, and Institutions members that have paid their 2015 fees will be allowed to vote (Associate Members are not voting members).
- The voting procedure will be overseen by the Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences (SSEESS), who are an Associate Member of the ISSC (non-voting). SSEESS will be in charge of accepting or rejecting ballots, counting them, and announcing the results.
- Voting will open on June 1st 2016 at 12:00 am (midnight) CEST and close on June 3rd at 11:59 pm CEST.
- Respondents will be asked to indicate their name and organisation, and to confirm that they have duly received the authority from the highest governing body of their organisation to vote on its behalf.
- One vote per voting member is allowed.