Last revised and ratified by the membership on August 15, 1994.
- The purpose of
this association (IPPNO) shall be to contribute as philosophers and
concerned educators in a worldwide effort:
- to prevent
and eliminate nuclear and other threats to global existence,
- to create
an enduring world peace, and
- to develop
a just social, economic, and political basis for peace and human
In summary terms, IPPNO—formerly called International Philosophers
for the Prevention of Nuclear Omnicide—shall be an international
organization of philosophers and other concerned individuals working
for peace and an end to nuclear and other threats to global existence.
- Membership in
IPPNO shall be open to all those who wish to pursue the above aims.
Only active members, i.e. dues-paying members, have the right to vote,
to hold office in IPPNO, and to receive IPPNO publications and services.
- IPPNO shall consist
of a central section, IPPNO International, together with national /
regional sections. (Both of these latter will generally be called national
in the sequel.) IPPNO International shall fulfill the purpose of IPPNO
- setting specific
goals and plans of action for IPPNO as the times may require,
- publicly and
actively advocating these goals,
for the study and discussion of issues which may develop within
IPPNO’s field of concerns,
information and disseminating ideas in the furtherance of its goals,
material to IPPNO’s national sections and assuring that these sections
carry out IPPNO’s purpose and goals,
international meetings and conferences,
contact and cooperation between like-minded organizations, and
IPPNO’s worldwide membership and influence.
- There will
be an International President and an International Executive Secretary,
both to be elected by a simple majority of the vote received in
a ballot sent to all active members. In the event of a tie, the
current Chair of the Advisory Board will cast the deciding vote.
The above officers, subject to conditions stated in (ii)
below, will serve for two and four years, respectively. They shall
have all powers customarily assigned to such officers including
the power to determine specific goals and to execute whatever actions
they consider appropriate to fulfill IPPNO’s goals and purposes.
They may also appoint other officers and establish additional boards
- If 20%
of the active members inform the Advisory Board Chairperson,
for which see below, of their desire to remove any officer(s),
either elected or appointed, the Chair or the Vice Chair shall
request a vote of confidence from all active members in respect
to the said officer(s). If at least 2/3 of the votes received
in this vote are negative, the officer(s) shall be removed from
- If an
elected officer is so removed (or otherwise incapacitated) the
remaining elected officer will hold a special election to replace
him or her for the unexpired term of office. If both are removed
the Advisory Board Chairperson will act as Temporary Executive
and speedily arrange a special election. In his/her absence
the last living past elected Executive Secretary or President
(in that order) will be asked to act as Temporary Executive.
- Any group or organization
within a country or region is eligible for membership as a national
section of IPPNO provided it wishes to:
- further IPPNO’s
- provide for
the critical study and discussion of peace and peace-related issues,
and publish the results of its studies,
- host regional
or national meetings and host or assist with international conferences,
a national constitution, consonant with this one.
envisaged that each section will serve as a node in an interactive
network of sections, with IPPNO International acting in this respect
as a center to facilitate communication between all sections.
- There shall
be an International Advisory Board consisting of the two immediate
past elected officers of IPPNO, together with IPPNO members and
specially designated friends of IPPNO, each of whom shall serve
for five years. The Board shall have a minimum of six members.
Before the end of the five year terms at least two future Board
members shall be designated jointly by the then current International
President and the Executive Secretary, and an equal number shall
be chosen by the members of the Board. In-term vacancies shall be
filled in a similar fashion for the unexpired term, the Advisory
Board Chairperson and the elected IPPNO officers alternating in
the selection process in such cases.
- The advice
of individual Board members is to be solicited informally by the
President and/or Secretary in important matters. But the formal
consent of the Board must be obtained before any serious action
is implemented. For example, a radical change in IPPNO’s goals or
general policies would require formal consent.
- The Chairperson
of the Advisory Board and a Vice-Chair shall be elected by the Board
members and shall have all customary powers. But the Chair may vote
only to break a tie.
- The size of
the Board may be increased modestly, where desirable, subject to
- This Constitution
may be amended, provided the change is approved (a) by 2/3 of the votes
returned in an amendment ballot sent to all active members and (b) a
majority of members respond. The Executive Secretary shall have the
power to interpret this Constitution, after consultation with Board
members and past elected officers.
- IPPNO shall
be a non-profit organization in the sense of par. 501 (c)(3) of
the IRS code. For this purpose, the Chairperson of the Board of
Advisors, together with two others chosen by the Board, will constitute
a Board of Directors, who will meet at least once a year, to appoint
the elected officials, and to advise and endorse the choice of specific
goals for the year.
- This Constitution
shall go into effect directly upon ratification: i.e. when it has
been approved by a majority of those returning a ballot sent to
each active member.
- Election ballots
for the International President and/or Executive Secretary shall
be sent by the current Executive Secretary in even-numbered years
beginning with 1994. To be valid, any membership-wide ballot must
be signed and received back, generally, no more than 45 days following
the date of its original mailing by IPPNO. Generally, terms of office
start September 1 of the given year.
- The following
clarifications are relevant and appended as such:
- Up to
three members of the IPPNO boards listed on its stationery at
the time of the transfer of the Presidency to Paul Allen may,
if they so signify, be automatically appointed members of the
Advisory Board. (If more than three ex-Board members signify
their interest, the two elected officers will choose three from
among them.) The two elected officers will choose an equal number
from IPPNO members and friends of IPPNO for the new Board. In
all cases the two living most immediate past elected officers
will be ex-officio members of the Advisory Board. If fewer than
two ex-board members are interested, the two elected officers
will act to compose a six to eight person Board. In all cases
there should be some breadth of representation from developing
countries and from diverse regions, but until there is efficient
interactive communication, regrettably, more Board members will
have to come from the US and Canada.
- The Board
will choose a Chairperson and Vice Chair. The elected officials
shall have the responsibility to assure that this selection
is performed expeditiously.
- If at
any time the Advisory Board Chairperson cannot perform his or
her role, the Vice Chair will act so instead. If the Chair’s
incapacity seems to be permanent, the Vice Chair will become
Chairperson and arrange for the selection of a new Vice Chair.
- It is intended
that the President and the Executive Secretary share jointly the
responsibilities, labors, and powers of running IPPNO and that the
details of this are to be worked out in practice by each pair of
- IPPNO in North
America has inherited from its earlier stage a certain confusion
in structure and/or role. Whether or not North American IPPNO, as
distinct from IPPNO International, should continue is a matter which
the regional membership should discuss and decide.
- The fee structure
should impose no undue hardship upon anyone, but it shall be adequate
to cover IPPNO’s costs.