11 Juni 2010
Analysis of the Fundamental principle of UniversalityThe text under the Fundamental principle of Universality includes the following elements:
- the Movement is worldwide;
- all Societies have equal status in the Movement;
- all Societies share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other.
Consequences of the Fundamental principle of UniversalityThe consequences of the principle of Universality are threefold:
- one of the objectives of the Movement is to become universal, since it is one of the Movement's strengths that it has a National Society in almost every country of the world. There are a number of States which so far do not have a recognised National Society. However, this is to be seen as a temporary situation: once obstacles preventing Societies of those States to be recognised are lifted, the Movement will become truly global;
- solidarity between National Societies, which is the basis for cooperation between Societies;
- with regard to decision-making, all Societies carry one vote at the Federation's General Assembly, the Council of Delegates and the International Conference, irrelevant of their size or wealth.