STATUTES OF THE INTER-AMERICAN CHILDREN'S INSTITUTE
(Amended in the framework of the 77th Meeting of the Directing
Institute and its purposes
The Inter-American Children's Institute is a Specialized
Organization of the Organization of American States, in charge of
promoting the study of the areas of motherhood, children, adolescents, the
family, and the community in the Americas and the adoption of the
corresponding integral protection measures.
As an Inter-American Specialized Organization, the Institute shall
enjoy the fullest technical autonomy in planning and carrying out its
objectives, within the limits established by the Charter of the
Organization, the Standards for the implementation and Coordination of the
Provisions of the Charter relating to Inter-American Specialized
Organizations, and the present Statutes. The Institute shall take into consideration the
recommendations of the General Assembly and of the Councils of the
Organization, in keeping with the provisions of the Charter.
Primary aims of the Institute are to promote and to cooperate with
the governments of the member states in the establishment and carrying out
of activities contributing to adequate overall development of minors, as
well as constant improvement of standards of living, particularly of
Relations between the Organization and the Institute shall be
governed by the provisions of the Charter of the OAS, the Standards for
the implementation and Coordination of the Provisions of the Charter
relating to Inter-American Specialized Organizations, the Agreement
between the Organization and the Institute concluded on November 14, 1975,
these Statutes, and any general or special provisions that the General
Assembly may adopt in that regard.
of the Institute
The Institute shall have the following functions:
To stimulate and promote the development of an alert awareness by
all the people of the American States with respect to all the problems
related to motherhood, children, adolescents, the family, and the
community; to awaken or increase a sense of social responsibility towards
these problems; and to channel this feeling towards the carrying out of
activities intended to solve them by the means within their reach.
To collaborate with the national administrations of the American
countries, their institutions and representatives, and with the organs of
the Organization of American States and other international institutions
that may contribute, directly or indirectly, to the improvement of future
generations by means of activities foreseen in these Statutes.
To promote, with the cooperation of the government of national and
Research on the nature, magnitude, seriousness, and importance of
the various problems affecting motherhood, adolescence, the family, and
the community in the Americas;
Determination of the most effective methods and procedures to solve
them, and dissemination of information on these methods and procedures in
the American States;
Regular and advanced training or technical and administrative
personnel to take part in the various activities concerned with protection
and welfare of children.
To stimulate and assist the governments of the member states to
establish, expand, and improve the institutions and services designed for
the protection and welfare of mothers, children, adolescents, the family,
and the community, particularly in the suburban and rural regions, and to
provide them with the advisory services, technical assistance, and
cooperation that they may request or accept.
The Institute shall provide technical advice to the General
Assembly and the Councils. Likewise, at the request of any other organ of
the OAS, it shall furnish any information available.
Headquarters and permanent observers
The members states of the Organization of American States are
members of the Inter-American Children's Institute.
The member observers to the IIN shall be accredited in accordance
with the criteria established by the Permanent Council of the Organization
and any rules that the Institute may establish taking into account such
recommendation as that Council may make in that regard.
In the framework of the policies approved by the Directing Council,
the IIN may conclude agreements with states not members of the Institute
that cooperate in its programs in a continuing and substantial basis; the
conditions for and extent of their participation in the activities of the
IIN shall be indicated in those agreements. Such agreements must be
reported to the Permanent Council of the Organization after the signature.
covenants and agreements concluded between the Institute and
international, governmental or non-governmental, organizations shall be
approved by the Directing Council of the IIN.
The headquarters of the Institute shall be in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The Institute shall carry out its aims through the following
The Directing Council
of the Council
The Directing Council shall be composed of the representatives of
the members states of the Institute appointed by each participating
government, selected among senior officials of government agencies
specialized in questions relating to motherhood, childhood, adolescence,
the family, and the community, who have had experience in the social
aspects of such issues, or persons of recognized competence in these
member state may appoint the alternate delegates it deems necessary.
the representative is unable to attend a given meeting of the Council, the
government concerned may appoint a special representative for that
appointment of representatives of the states, referred to in this article,
must be made through a communication addressed by the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in each country to the Office of the Institute.
of the Directing Council
The Directing Council shall have the following functions:
To formulate the general policy of the Institute and to exercise
supervision over the fulfillment of its responsibilities;
To consider and approve the annual report submitted to it by the
To establish its own rules of procedure;
To consider and approve the program submitted to it by the Director
General in accordance with the pertinent provisions of the Charter, the
General Standards, and the pertinent resolutions of the General Assembly,
so that the Director General may present it to the Secretary General of
the OAS within the established time period for purposes of its inclusion
in the proposed Program-Budget of the Organization, which must be approved
by the General Assembly.
To determine the place, and to inform the Permanent Council of the
date as well as the draft agenda and rules of procedure for the
Pan-American Child Congresses, so that it may make any necessary
observations concerning coordination on the date as well as on the
aforementioned agenda and rules of procedure;
To make recommendations in the areas of competence of the
Institute, for inclusion of topics in the agenda of the meetings of the
General Assembly, of the Councils of the Organization, and of other
Inter-American Specialized Organizations;
To promote adoption by the governments of the conclusions and
recommendations of the Pan-American Child Congresses and their
dissemination throughout all the member states.
of the Council
The regular meetings of the Council shall be held once a year.
The agenda shall be prepared by the Director General and
transmitted to the Member States not less than sixty days in advance.
these meetings, the Directing Council will also proceed to the election of
its President and Vice-President and will propose the three candidates for
the position of Director General, when pertinent, in accordance with
articles 20 and 30 of the Statutes.
other matter not meriting a convocation to special meetings (article 16)
should be resolved upon by the Director General ad referendum of the
Directing Council and submitted to the next regular meeting.
The regular meetings of the Council shall be held alternately one
year at the headquarters of the Institute and one year in such country of
the Americas as the Council may determine. However, on occasion of the
holding of a Pan American Child Congress, the Council shall endeavor to
hold its regular meeting in the city in which the Congress is held.
The Directing Council, at the request of one or more members states
of the Institute or of its Director General, with the approval of two
thirds of its members, may hold special meetings.
that effect, the state or states interested must address to the Office of
the IIN their request to call the meeting, indicating the reason for such
convocation. The Director General will immediately proceed to consult the
Member States about this request, which should give their opinion as soon
the quorum is reached, the President, in agreement with the Director
General, shall proceed to the convocation to the Special Meeting, as long
as the date and draft Agenda is communicated in advance to the Permanent
Council, so that it may make
any necessary observations in that regard. The Order of Business of a
special meeting shall be limited to the subject that gave rise to its
the quorum is not reached to convoke a special meeting, the subject that
gave rise to the request will be incorporated into the order of business
of the following regular meeting of the Directing Council.
The representatives of an absolute majority of the member states
shall constitute a quorum of the Directing Council.
Each member state shall have the right to one vote in the meetings
of the Council.
Decisions of the Council that affect the program of the Institute
shall be taken by the vote of a majority of the member states.
Other decisions shall be taken by the vote of a majority of the
representatives present at the meeting.
The Directing Council shall elect, from among the Delegates that
compose it and by the vote of a majority of the member states present, a
President and Vice-President, and five member states, whose Delegates
shall serve on the Executive Committee, which shall be composed of seven
members, for a term of two years. The
President and Vice-President of the Directing Council shall also serve as
Chairman and Vice-Chairman respectively of the Executive Committee, which
shall meet at least once a year.
a vacancy occurs in the office of President, he/she shall be replaced by
the Vice-President until the next meeting of the Directing Council, where
an election shall be held to fill the office until the end of the
the event of the temporary absence of the President and/or Vice-President
during meetings of the Directing Council, that body, meeting in plenary,
shall elect, from among the Delegates present and by the vote of a
majority of them, an acting President and/or Vice-President.
member state may present its candidacy for more than one vacant office per
term. In electing member
states to the Executive Committee, the meeting of the Directing Council
shall seek to observe the principle of equitable geographic balance among
the following five subregions: (1) United States of America, Canada, and
Mexico; (2) Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica,
Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint
Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago; (3) Costa
Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and
Panama; (4) Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela; and (5)
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
President and Vice-President may be re-elected for only one consecutive
term. The other five member
states comprising the Executive Committee may not be re-elected for
consecutive terms, but their Delegates may be elected for the offices of
President and Vice-President.
PAN-AMERICAN CHILD CONGRESS
The Pan-American Child Congress is to promote an exchange of
experience and knowledge among the peoples of the Americas regarding the
problems that are the responsibility of the Institute and to make
recommendations intended to solve them.
If will be composed of Ministers, Secretaries of State or their
representatives, who are responsible for the area to which the issue under
Pan-American Child Congress shall meet every four years, convoked by the
Directing Council of the Institute in accordance with the procedure
established in Article 13 (e) of these Statutes.
In special circumstances, it may be postponed by the Director
General, in consultation with the authorities of the Directing Council
informing the Delegates of the Member States about the decision.
In such case, the Director General shall promote the convocation of
subregional meetings on priority topics under the sphere of competence of
the Institute, in consultation with the Government concerned.
The Pan-American Child Congresses may have the status of
Inter-American Specialized Conferences when they deal with special
technical matters or develop certain aspects of Inter-American
cooperation, and they are held as the result of a resolution of the
General Assembly or of the Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign
The agenda and rules of procedure of the Pan-American Child
Congresses, whenever they are an Inter-American Specialized Conference,
shall be prepared by the Directing Council and submitted to the Permanent
Council so that the latter may present them and its observations to the
member states for consideration, in accordance with the provisions of
Article 123 of the Charter of the Organization.
All the members states of the Institute have the right to be
represented at the Congress. Each
state has the right to one vote.
The representatives of an absolute majority of the members states
shall constitute a quorum.
Decisions shall be taken by the vote of a majority of the members
states of the Institute that are present.
OFFICE OF THE INSTITUTE
The Office of the Institute shall function at the headquarters of
The Office shall be under the direction of the Director General,
who shall be appointed by the Secretary General of the Organization of
American States, selected from a slate of three candidates proposed by the
Directing Council of the Institute; he/she shall hold office for four
years, and may be reappointed to the post, following the same procedure,
for successive terms that shall not exceed four years each.
Secretary General shall appoint the staff of the Institute's Secretariat
upon the proposal of the Director General of the Institute,
and in accordance with the General Standards and the budgetary
provisions established by the General Assembly. Both the Director General
and the Personnel of the Office are members of the Staff of the General
Secretariat of the OAS.
the event of temporary or permanent absence of the Director General,
his/her office shall be exercised provisionally by the official of the IIN
designated by the Secretary General of the OAS.
case of absence of the Director General from the headquarters of the
Institute, either because of official business or leave, he/she shall
appoint among the professionals of the Institute the person who will
provisionally exercise the office of Director General.
The Director General of the Office shall act as Secretary of the
Directing Council and of the Pan-American Child Congress, and he/she shall
participate in the meetings of both these bodies with voice but without
The duties and functions of the Office shall be as follows:
To provide technical and administrative services to the Congress
and the Directing Council, and to assist in carrying out the resolutions
that may be adopted by them;
To carry out the work program of the Institute that appears in the
Program-Budget of the Organization of American States;
To submit the annual reports to the Directing Council and transmit
them to the Secretary General of the OAS for presentation to the General
To prepare the proposed program-budget of the Institute for the
following fiscal period and, after it has been adopted by the Directing
Council, to present it to the Secretary General of the OAS, in accordance
with the provisions of article 13. d of these Statutes;
To prepare the agenda for each meeting of the Directing Council, in
consultation with the Chairman thereof, and to make it known to the member
states not less than sixty days before the meeting;
To assist the government of the host country in the organization of
the meetings of the Pan-American Child Congress;
To request each member state, through its representative, to
present an annual report on the measures taken and programs carried out to
improve the welfare of children, the family, and the community in the
country, in its various aspects.
The activities of the Institute shall be financed with:
Items approved by the General Assembly for the Institute in the
Program-Budget of the Organization;
Additional contributions made by the member states for general
expenditures or special programs, and donations and bequests made to the
Institute, providing the conditions set by the donors are in accordance
with its purposes and standards;
Funds set up out of a bequest or donation for the purposes
specified therein, that are held in trust according to the corresponding
provisions or deeds; and
Specific funds set up out of donations or bequests to finance the
purposes specified by the donor or testator, providing those purposes are
in accordance with those of the Institute and with the standards governing
STATUS, PREROGATIVES, AND IMMUNITIES OF THE INSTITUTE
The legal status of the Institute and the privileges and immunities
to which it and its staff are entitled will be determined through an
agreement between the General Secretariat of the Organization of American
States and the government of the headquarters country, and agreements
signed by the Institute and that government.
Administration of property belonging to the IIN and of property
belonging to the Organization of American States is established through an
Agreement signed between the Institute and the OAS on November 4, 1965.
INTO FORCE OF THE STATUTES
The present Statutes shall enter into force as soon as they are
approved by the Directing Council of the IIN and the Permanent Council of
OF THE STATUTES
The present Statutes may be amended by a resolution of the
Directing Council, at the request of its Chairman or the Director General,
supported by not less than four representatives of member states or at the
joint request of seven members. The proposed amendments must be approved
by the vote of an absolute majority of the member states.
Article 38 The Inter-American Children's Institute shall inform the Permanent Council duly in advance of any amendment to its Statutes that involves changes in the structure, functions, or financial bases of the Institute, so that the Permanent Council may formulate the observations that it deems appropriate within its sphere of competence.
Amended through Resolution CD/RES. 11 (77-R/02) approved in the
framework of the 77th. Regular Meeting of the IIN’s Directing
Council, May 13-15, 2002; seen and approved by the Committee on
Juridical and Political Affairs (CAJP), Organization of American
States (OAS), in the session held on August 29th, 2002 and
by the Permanent Council (CP), OAS, in the session held on September