SNEHA Official Structure

The U. N. General Assembly’s Resolution No. 179 (II) of November 21st, 1947

The Vienna’s Convention of April 18th, 1961 on Diplomatic and Consular Relations

Governing Council
The SNEHA comprises two main structures:

1) The Council and the Board of Advisors; and
2) The Secretariat linked by the Executive President, who is Chairman of the Executive Council.

The Executive Council:
The SNEHA Executive Council is comprised of Governor General, Central Governors, Lieutenant Governors, Ambassadors, High Commissioners, Director General from all Member states who guide and approve the work of the Organization. The Council stimulates thinking on the overall goals of the Organization and on its future course. On a continuing basis, it is responsible for collective foreign policy issues, including the crucial area of relations with non-Member countries. Twice in a year, the Council meets at Ministerial level. Finance, Trade, Foreign and other Ministers from Member countries set priorities for the work that would best support their common policy-making needs, and they raise and give public prominence to important economic issues.

The Committees:
Committees for particular subject areas, such as Legal, Security, Education, Environment, Trade, and Investment, are comprised of specialist representatives from Member countries. Committee meetings as well as meetings of sub-groups are held regularly, and provide a forum where experts and senior policy advisors from government administration’s request, review and contribute to work that will improve policy making. Meetings at Ministerial level of these specialized committees are also held occasionally.

Committee discussions which use the research and guidance of the Secretariat are generally confidential so that frank discussion can take place. They regularly seek outside contributions from business (through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee) and labour (through the Trade Union Advisory Committee), as well as through other specialized non-governmental organizations.

Committees usually reach decisions by consensus, and each country's position is given equal weight.

The Secretariat:
The Secretariat is made up of Economists, Statisticians, Scientists, Lawyers and other professional and administrative staff who support the work of the committees with research, analysis, data collection and policy recommendations.

The Secretariat, which works in English, includes citizens of SNEHA Member countries who serve as international civil servants with no national affiliation during their SNEHA posting. Men and Women with a cross-section of experience and nationalities are recruited for the jobs at the SNEHA, with no formal quota system.

The Executive President provides the key link between the Member countries and the analytical support, both by chairing the Council and managing the work of the Secretariat.

The SNEHA is funded by SNEHA Member countries. The Council decides on the size of the annual budget as well as the programme of work to be undertaken. National contributions to the annual budget are based on a formula related to the size of each country and its economy. Countries may also make separate voluntary contributions for particular programmes or projects. All countries have an equal voice in the SNEHA, irrespective of the size of their budget contribution.

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