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STATUTE OF ARA PACIS INITIATIVES FOR PEACE

The following translation is provided solely for purposes of information. The Italian-language text is the sole authoritative version.

(Article 1) Constitution

A not-for-profit charitable association is hereby established under the name “Ara Pacis Initiatives for Peace”. For its identification the abbreviated form “Ara Pacis Onlus” may also used.
The Association is established for an unlimited amount of time.
The Association is governed by articles 36 to 38 of the Italian civil code as well as by this Charter.
Pursuant to and for the purposes of art. 10 and subsequent articles of Italian Legislative Decree 4 December 1997, n. 460 the Association uses in its name and in any distinctive sign or communication addressed to the public the wording “Non-profit Organization for the Public Benefit” or the acronym “ONLUS”.

(Article 2) Headquarters


The registered office of the Association is in Rome. The Board of Directors may deliberate the transfer of the registered office without statutory changes, provided it is in Italy; it can establish branches, representations, delegations, offices and secondary offices both in Italy and abroad.

(Article 3) Object and purposes

  1. The Association is a non-profit organization and has the sole purpose of social solidarity in the field of development and international solidarity. In particular, it pursues the promotion of human, social, political and cultural rights, peace between peoples, the culture of non-violence, humanitarian security, sustainable development and cultural mediation. It is inspired by the principles of the United Nations Charter and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Its action, in accordance with the principle set out in Article 11 of the Italian Constitution, contributes to the promotion of peace and justice and aims to promote solidarity and equal relations between peoples based on the principles of interdependence and partnership. It recognizes the centrality of the human person, in its individual and community dimension, and pursues, in accordance with the programs and international strategies defined by the United Nations, other international organizations and the European Union, the fundamental objectives aiming to:
    ⁃ eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities, improve the living conditions of populations and promote sustainable development;
    ⁃ protect and affirm human rights, the dignity of the individual, gender equality, equal opportunities, the principles of democracy and the rule of law;
    ⁃ prevent conflicts, support the processes of pacification, reconciliation, post-conflict stabilization, consolidation and strengthening of democratic institutions.
  2. Humanitarian aid is implemented according to the principles of international law in this field, in particular those of impartiality, neutrality and non-discrimination, and aims to provide assistance, relief and protection to the populations of developing countries that are disaster victims. It promotes education, awareness and participation of all citizens in international solidarity, international development and sustainable development, benefiting people who are disadvantaged due to physical, mental, economic, social or family conditions and to members of foreign communities, in terms of humanitarian aid.
  3. For the pursuit of the corporate purpose, the Association may promote any activity aimed at the prevention and management of conflicts to achieve stability and peace in situations of crisis, violence and fragility, acting without limit of action on the link between human security, lasting peace and sustainable development and on the mutual dynamics between these variables, with an integrated approach focused on the human dimension. In particular, by way of example and not exhaustively, it may undertake initiatives at all levels and in all fields in order to:
    ⁃ create platforms for mediation and reconciliation and for peace and political and social dialogue between parties in conflict, involving key actors at the local, national and international level
    ⁃ promote human security interventions in order to support peace and sustainable development processes
    ⁃ promote research projects on contexts of conflict, with the implementation of specific legal, political and economic studies, and involvement in the implementation of training activities in collaboration with universities and other public or private organizations
    ⁃ determine the social, economic and security needs of fragile communities and communities in conflict; develop shared and integrated action plans aimed at their satisfaction; to represent them to the key national and international stakeholders in order to gain resources and obtain the necessary political consensus
    ⁃ to foster the emergence of a shared collective consciousness in order to strengthen the capacities of fragile communities and communities in conflict which, through the acquisition of democratic instruments, will be able to operate for the advancement of their legitimate social and economic political aspirations.
    ⁃ promote an individual and collective culture of peace, forgiveness and dignity;
    ⁃ promote social, gender and legal equality and cultural and political pluralism.
  4. The Association may carry out any action and undertake any initiative, without any exclusion, both ordinary and extraordinary, which is directly or indirectly attributable to its activity or which is in any case aimed at achieving the institutional purposes of the Association.
    To achieve its aims, the Association may acquire, possess, manage, or rent properties and other goods, and enter into contracts and agreements with public or private entities having the same purposes or similar purposes.
  5. The Association may carry out its activities directly or / and in collaboration and / or through other organizations with the same purposes or similar purposes.
  6. It is forbidden for the Association to carry out activities other than institutional ones with the exception of those directly connected to these.

(Article 4) Assets and means

  1. The assets of the Association are made up of movable and immovable property transferred at the time of its establishment and or subsequently destined for its growth.
    The assets can be increased with:
  • purchases, bequests and donations of movable and immovable property
  • received, in any capacity, by the Association, for the increase of its assets;
  • contributions from public and private bodies or individuals;
  • legacies and restricted donations;
  • contingent assets not used for the achievement of institutional purposes;
  • grants or net operating surpluses as well as profits deriving from the organization of commercial activities strictly connected or ancillary to those of the Articles of Association, as supplementary to the same.
    However, the obligation to preserve and maintain the patrimony is reserved.
  1. For the fulfillment of its duties, the Association may make use of revenue deriving from:
    ⁃ payments of membership fees, contributions and donations made by members;
    ⁃ income deriving from its assets;
    ⁃ income made by carrying out its activity;
    ⁃ contributions and donations from natural and legal persons both public and private;
    ⁃ proceeds, bequests and donations not intended to increase the assets;
    ⁃ profits deriving from the organization of commercial activities strictly connected or ancillary to the statutory ones, as supplementary to the same
    ⁃ financing and any other type of revenue.
  2. The Assembly determines the amount of the annual membership fees.
  3. Membership in the Association does not imply any further financing or disbursement obligations with respect to the payment of the annual membership fee. It is however the faculty of the members of the Association to make further payments than those required and the yearly ones.
  4. The payments made to the Association are non-refundable and cannot in any case be re-evaluated or repeated.

(Article 5) Members of the Association

  1. Membership shall be divided as follows:
  2. Founding members
  3. Ordinary members
  4. Membership in the Association is indefinite; temporary membership is prohibited, without any prejudice to the right of withdrawal.
  5. Members of the Association who have reached eighteen years of age and are in good standing with the payment of the membership fees, have the right to approve the present Statute and any future amendments, as well as other regulations, and to appoint the governing bodies of the Association by vote in the Assembly.
  6. Founding members are signatory to the Memorandum of Association.
  7. Ordinary Members of the Association are those who join it during its existence.
  8. The division of the members of the Association into the above categories does not imply any difference in treatment between them. In particular, each Member has the right to participate effectively in the life of the Association.
  9. Those who intend to join the Association must make an express request to the Board of Directors bearing the declaration to share the purposes that the Association proposes and the commitment to approve and observe its Statute and Regulations.
    Legal persons are represented at the Association by their legal representatives or by a person delegated by them.
    Members have the duty to observe the present statute, the resolutions passed by the Assembly of Members and the directives issued by the Board of Directors.
  10. The Board of Directors must provide an answer to applications for admission within sixty days of their receipt. In case of express refusal, the Board of Directors is not required to explain the reasons for said refusal.
  11. Anyone joining the Association may at any time notify their will to withdraw; the withdrawal is effective from the day the Board of Directors receives notification.
  12. Membership may be forfeited upon favorable vote of at least two thirds of the members of the Board of Directors for serious and repeated failure to fulfill the obligations and duties deriving from this statute, including, by way of example and not exhaustively:
  • failure to pay the annual dues provided for in this statute;
  • conduct incompatible with the duty of collaboration with the other bodies of the Association;
  • behavior contrary to the duty of non-pecuniary services;
  • conduct that does not comply with the principles and values which inspire the Association;
  • serious criminal convictions.
    In the case of entities and / or legal persons, the exclusion may take place also for the following reasons:
  • extinction, for any reason due;
  • opening of liquidation procedures;
  • judicial liquidation
  • serious criminal convictions.

(Article 6) Rights and responsibilities of membership

  1. Members are required to pay an annual membership fee, the amount of which is approved by the Assembly of Members. The membership fee is not transferable or returnable in the event of withdrawal, death or exclusion and is not subject to revaluation.
  2. Each member has the right:
  • to participate and vote at the Assemblies (if in good standing with the payment of the contribution);
  • to know the programs with which the Association intends to implement social purposes;
  • to participate in the activities promoted by the Association;
  • to use all the services of the Association;
  • to resign at any time.
  1. Each member is obliged:
    ⁃ to observe the rules of this statute, of the regulation as well as the resolutions adopted by the corporate bodies;
    ⁃ to pay the contribution established by the Assembly;
    ⁃ to carry out the activities previously agreed upon;
    ⁃ to maintain behavior in accordance with the purposes of the Association.

(Article 7) Organs of the Association

  1. The organs of the Association are:
    a. Assembly of the Members of the Association;
    b. Board of Directors;
    c. President of the Board of Directors;
    d. Vice-President;
    e. Administrative Secretary-Treasurer;
    f. Auditor or Board of Auditors (if appointed or required by law).
    g. Council for Dignity, Forgiveness, Justice and Reconciliation.
  2. The election of the organs of the Association cannot be bound or limited in any way and is informed according to the criteria of maximum freedom of participation in the active and passive electorate.
    (Article 8) Assembly of Members
  3. The Assembly is composed of all the members of the Association in good standing with the payment of the social dues; it is the sovereign body of the Association itself.
  4. The Assembly meets at least once a year to approve the final balance within 4 months of the end of the financial year. It also:
  • appoints the President of the Association, the Vice President, the Treasurer and the members of the Board of Directors establishing their number, the Single Auditor or the members of the Board of Auditors;
  • outlines the general guidelines of the Association’s activities;
  • deliberates on changes to this Statute;
  • approves the final accounts and the budget plan for the current year;
  • determines the amount of the annual membership fees;
  • approves the Regulations governing the conduct of the Association’s activities;
  • resolves the dissolution and liquidation of the Association and the devolution of its assets.
  1. The Assembly is convened by the President whenever s/he deems it appropriate or at the request of at least one third of its members or at least two thirds of the directors. The meetings are held in the place indicated each time in the convocation notice.
  2. The President shall call a meeting of the Assembly by fax or e-mail or registered mail or certified e-mail or any other delivery method which provides for confirmation of receipt of the notice of convocation by the recipient. The notice shall be sent or delivered to the Members and to the Directors at least 7 days before the scheduled meeting, to the addresses registered by the Association at the time of membership or communicated subsequently. The communication of the notice of convocation will also be considered carried out if its text is dated and signed by the recipient Member or Director. The convocation must appoint the place, day and time of the meeting, both for the first as well and second convocation and the list of subjects to be discussed.
    In case of urgency, the convocation is made with three days’ notice by telegram or certified e-mail or other delivery method certifying the receipt of the notice by the recipient.
  3. Sessions of the Assembly, regular or special, are considered validly constituted when, on the first convocation, at least half the members are present.
  4. On the second convocation, sessions are considered validly constituted no matter the number of members present. The second convocation meeting may take place on the same day appointed for the first call, even one hour from the first.
  5. The Assembly meeting may also be held using telecommunications equipment, videoconferencing and conference calls, with participants attending from different places, provided that the following conditions are met:
  • the link to the audio/video meeting is clearly stated in the notice of convocation (unless the Assembly is held regularly, in a single physical place). The meeting shall in any case be considered held in the place where the President and the person taking the minutes are present.
  • the President of the Assembly is allowed to ascertain the identity and legitimacy of the attendees; to conduct the meeting; to note down and proclaim the results of the vote;
  • the minutes recorder is able to adequately perceive the events of the meeting subject to the minutes;
  • all participants can be identified and are able to follow discussion; intervene in real-time with regard to the questions under consideration; receive, transmit and consult documents; and vote simultaneously on the items on the agenda.
  1. Each member of the Association has the right to one vote.
  2. Resolutions on both first and second convocation are taken with the favorable vote of the majority of those present. Voting by correspondence is not allowed.
  3. For the appointment of the President, the favorable vote of the absolute majority of those present at the Assembly is required, both on first and second call to approve the regulations and statutory changes; a favorable vote of three quarters of those present at the Assembly is required on both first and second convocation.
    For resolutions to dissolve the Association and to devolve its patrimony, the presence of both at least half of the members and a favorable vote of at least three quarters of those present is required.
  4. The Assembly is chaired by the President of the Association or, in the event of his absence or impediment, by the Vice President; failing this, on the appointment of those present, by another member of the Board of Directors. The President of the Association is assisted by a Secretary elected by those present at the opening of each Assembly, who must draw up the minutes of the session. The minutes of the session must be signed by the President and the Secretary.

(Article 9) The Board of Directors

  1. The Association is administered by a Board of Directors which consists of no less than three members, upon resolution of the Assembly, including the President, the Vice President and the Treasurer.
  2. The Directors must be members of the Association, their term of office shall be five years and they are eligible for re-election.
  3. If for any reason is no longer a majority of the directors, the entire Board of Directors is deemed to have expired and its re-election must take place. The remaining members continue to fill the position exclusively to manage the ordinary business of the Association. The Assembly of Members must be convened immediately for the election of a new Board of Directors.
  4. Should a member of the Board of Directors forfeit their position, the Board itself shall choose their replacement co-optation. The co-opted director remains in office until the next Assembly, in which the topic of replacement of the outgoing director must be put on the agenda. Whoever is elected in place of the outgoing director remains in office for the same residual time during which the outgoing director would remain in office.
  5. The Board of Directors shall conduct the ordinary and extraordinary business of the Association. In particular, it has the duty to:
    ⁃ Manage the activities of the Association, undertaken in pursuit of its Purposes, in accordance with the guidelines outlined by the Assembly;
    ⁃ Prepare the yearly economic and financial reports, and budget plans;
    ⁃ Decide upon the admission of new members,
    ⁃ Establish annual dues;
    ⁃ Decide upon the membership and participation of the Association in other organisations, public or private, and designate a representative from amongst its members;
    ⁃ Delegate tasks and offices to members of the Executive Committee, indicating their relative powers, and appoint an Administrative Secretary-Treasurer;
    ⁃ Appoint the members of the Council for Dignity, Forgiveness, Justice and Reconciliation.
  6. The Board of Directors is convened by the President whenever s/he deems it appropriate or when at least two thirds of the Directors request it. The convocation is made by the President by fax, e-mail or registered mail or certified e-mail or other delivery method which provides for confirmation of receipt of the notice of convocation by the recipient. The convocation notice must state the place, day and time of the meeting, both for the first as well and second convocation and the list of topics to be discussed. By unanimous agreement, the Board may decide the discussion of topics not on the agenda.
    In case of urgency, the convocation can be sent out with a one day notice by telegram or certified e-mail or other delivery method certifying the receipt of the notice by the recipient.
  7. The Board of Directors is in any case validly constituted and capable of deliberating, even in the absence of the aforementioned formalities of convocation, if all its members are present. In this case, the discussion of the topics must take place by unanimous acceptance of the members of the Board of Directors.
  8. The Board of Directors is chaired by the President or, in case of absence or impediment, by the Vice President.
  9. The Board of Directors is validly constituted both on the first and second call, if they are present if at least half of its members are present.
  10. The resolutions of the Board of Directors are made with the favorable vote of the majority of those present; the vote cannot be given by representation. The resolutions consist of minutes drawn up in a special Book and signed by the President and the Secretary appointed at the opening of each meeting.
  11. The meetings of the Board of Directors may also be held using telecommunications equipment, videoconferencing and conference calls, with participants attending from different places, provided that the following conditions are met:
  • the link to the audio/video meeting is clearly stated in the notice of convocation (unless the Assembly is held regularly, in a single physical place).
  • the President can ascertain the identity and legitimacy of the attendees; to conduct the meeting; to note down and proclaim the results of the vote;
  • the minutes recorder is able to adequately perceive the events of the meeting subject to the minutes;
  • all participants can be identified and are able to follow discussion; intervene in real-time with regard to the questions under consideration; receive, transmit and consult documents; and vote simultaneously on the items on the agenda.
  • the President and the secretary of the meeting, if appointed, are present in the same place, so to prepare and sign the minutes. The meeting will be considered to be held in the place where the chairman and the person taking the minutes are present.
  1. The meeting shall in any case be considered held in the place where the President and the person taking the minutes are present.
  2. The Board of Directors can delegate part of its competences to one or more of its members for the management of current affairs relating to the administration of the Association.

(Article 10) President

  1. The President of the Association is entitled to represent the Association before third parties and in court. Upon deliberation of the Board of Directors, the President can assign representation of the Association also to third parties.
  2. The President of the Association is responsible, on the basis of the directives issued by the Assembly and by the Board of Directors, for the ordinary administration of the Association. In exceptional cases of necessity and urgency, the President may perform acts of extraordinary administration; in this case s/he must simultaneously convene the Board of Directors for the ratification of his or her work.
  3. The President convenes and presides over the Assembly and the Board of Directors, carries out their resolutions, monitors the good administrative performance of the Association, verifies compliance with the Statute and Regulations, promotes its amendment where necessary.
  4. The President remains in office for five years and is eligible for re-election.

(Article 11) The Vice President

The Vice President replaces the President in all its duties whenever they are prevented from exercising their functions and in those tasks they expressly delegate them to carry out. The intervention of the Vice President alone constitutes proof of the President’s impediment for third parties.
The Vice President remains in office for five years and can be re-elected.

(Article 12) The Treasurer

The Treasurer takes care of the Association’s financial, administrative and accounting management. For the tasks related to the Treasury activity, the President, with the approval of the Board of Directors, can give him/her the corporate signature. The Treasurer remains in office for five years and can be re-elected.

(Article 13) Single Auditor or Board of Auditors

  1. The supervision of the Association is exercised, if the Assembly of Members deems it necessary, by a Single Auditor registered in the Register of Legal Auditors. The Assembly of Members may decide to appoint a Board of Auditors in place of the Single Auditor, made up of three members – including the President – all registered in the Register of Legal Auditors. The Board of Auditors, in its first meeting, appoints the President.
  2. The Sole Auditor or the Board of Auditors, by carrying out periodic checks, monitors compliance with the law and with the statute and regulations; compliance with the principles of due diligence and in particular the adequacy of the organizational, administrative and accounting structure adopted by the Association and its concrete functioning; ensures the regular keeping of the accounting records; examines the year end accounts and final budget proposals by drawing up specific reports. In the cases provided by law, it provides for the preparation of the control report pursuant to paragraph 5 of article 20 bis of Presidential Decree 600/73.
  3. The Sole Auditor or the Board of Auditors remains in office for five years and at the end of the mandate they can be reconfirmed. The Sole Auditor or the Board of Auditors can attend, at the invitation of the President, the meetings of the Board of Directors. The role of Sole Auditor or member of the Board of Auditors is incompatible with any assignment in the organs of the Association except for the status of member.

(Article 14) Council for Dignity, Forgiveness, Justice and Reconciliation

  1. The Council for Dignity, Forgiveness, Justice and Reconciliation (hereinafter briefly “Council for Dignity”) is an organ of the Association with advisory and consultative functions. Council for Dignity is a body composed of human dimension experts, which, by virtue of its members, contributes to the pursuit of the Association’s statutory objectives.
  2. The members of the Council for Dignity are appointed among those who, for their experience of life or their commitment at a cultural or political level, have significantly committed to reconciliation between individuals or communities in conflict.
  3. The Board of Directors shall appoint new members of the Council for Dignity at the proposal of the President and other members of the Board.

(Article 15) Budget and operating surpluses

  1. The budget year of the Association closes on December 31st every year. Annual financial statements must be prepared each budget year.
  2. The financial statements must remain deposited at the headquarters of the Association in the 15 (fifteen) days preceding the Assembly called for their approval.
  3. It is forbidden for the Association to distribute, both directly and indirectly, operating profits and surpluses as well as funds, reserves or capital during the life of the organization, unless the destination or distribution is imposed by law or is carried out in favor of other ONLUS that by law, statute or regulation are part of the same and unitary structure.
  4. The profits or operating surpluses must be used for the implementation of institutional activities and those directly connected to them.

(Article 16) Dissolution

  1. In the event of its dissolution, for any reason, the Association is obliged to donate its assets to other non-profit organizations of social utility (Onlus) or for purposes of public utility, after consulting the control body referred to in the article. 3, paragraph 190, of the law of 23 December 1996 n. 662, unless otherwise required by law.
  2. The said goods, to be transferred free of charge, will be preferably intended for entities and associations that have the same institutional purposes.

(Article 17) Postponement clause


For all matters not covered by this statute, the rules of law apply and in particular the provisions of Book I, Title II, of the Civil Code and of Legislative Decree No. 460 of December 4, 1997.

Historic peace agreement signed in Rome between the Tuareg communities of Northern Mali (Azawad)

The Rome Declaration, the peace agreement signed by the Tuareg communities of Northern Mali (Azawad) in the presence of Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, at the Ara Pacis headquarters.

Rome, May 6th 2021. A historic day for Mali. Today a historic peace agreement, facilitated by Ara Pacis Initiatives for Peace, was signed in Rome between the Tuareg communities of Northern Mali/Azawad, in the presence of Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio.

The Agreement, named The Rome Declaration, was signed in the presence of Italy’s Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, at the Ara Pacis headquarters.

The Rome Declaration is the result of a series of meetings promoted by the non-profit Ara Pacis Initiatives for Peace, which allowed the parties in conflict develop mutual trust in each other.

The newly signed agreement supports the 2015 Algiers Agreements for Peace in Mali and constitutes an important step in the joint efforts to promote stabilization, reconciliation and development in northern Mali (Azawad), in the framework of the stabilization efforts of the transitional government of Bamako.

The mediation activity carried out by Ara Pacis Initiatives for Peace in the context of the agreement between the Tuareg communities of Northern Mali reflects the association’s commitment to assist governments, institutions and communities in fragile, conflict and post-conflict contexts, encourage and carry out initiatives in favor of social cohesion and coexistence among all communities and to promote and support the human dimension of peace.

Read the full text of the Rome Declaration.

DECLARATION OF ROME

We, leaders of the Coordination of Azawad Movements (Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad – CMA), of the Platform of Movements of 14 June 2014 in Algiers (Platform des Mouvements) and of the communities, gathered in Rome on 5 and 6 May 2021;

Noting the deterioration of the security situation in the Sahel in general and in Mali in particular, and especially in the North / Azawad regions of Mali;
Taking into account the declaration of creation of the Permanent Strategic Framework (CSP) between the CMA and the Platforme on 6 April 2021 in Bamako;

Given the objectives of the Permanent Strategic Framework, which are:

  • to establish a concrete synergy of efforts towards the diligent implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, which came out of the Algiers process;
  • to implement joint mechanisms for the fight against all forms of insecurity in order to ensure the free movement of people and their goods;
  • to encourage and carry out initiatives in favor of social cohesion and coexistence amongst all our communities;
  • to achieve better coherence in the support given to the common aspirations of our peoples.
  • Welcoming the declaration dated April 16, 2021 signed between the President of the Superior Council of the Imghad and Allies (CSIA) and the President of the Adagh Council;

reeting the Vademecum on 3 May 2021 between the Idaksahak and the Imajaghane;

We have decided, in order to achieve the objectives of the Permanent Strategic Framework and the creation of a political and security coalition, the preparation of a meeting to set up the definitive bodies of the aforementioned CSP within and no later than a period of 60 days.
We thank and express our deep gratitude to the Italian Government and to Ara Pacis onlus for their initiatives and their efforts employed in the framework of the stabilization of the Sahel in general and of Mali in particular and for offering us the optimal framework that allowed us to achieve the structuring of the Permanent Strategic Framework with great benefit to stabilization.

We invite all our communities to support the initiatives of the CSP and we urge all Movements in favor of peace and social cohesion to join this dynamic.

We appeal to the Government of Mali and to international mediation to accompany the Permanent Strategic Framework in its mission for the benefit of peoples who are under great strife.

Rome, May 6, 2021

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