In order to carry out its aims and objects, WAFUNIF has an intricate organizational configuration, comprising main and subsidiary structures.
At the apex is the General Assembly as the supreme deliberative body and legislative authority of the organization. Consisted of all members of the corporation, meeting in regular quinary or special occasional sessions and providing a forum for deliberation of the full spectrum of issues covered by the Constitution, it is responsible for all law-making processes on behalf of the Association. Among other things, it reviews the organizational activities of the preceding term, approves the program of undertakings for the next term, elects members of the Board of Directors, examines and approves the financial statement and corporate accounts, and decides on any other matter submitted to it by the Board of Directors and the Secretariat.
Board of Directors
Then, the Board of Directors is the executive arm of the organization. Composed of twenty-one members (3 permanent institutional ones appointed from the designated UN organs, 18 periodically elected ones drawn from the corporate membership), with a provision of several emeritus officers, it acts as a centrally functional body. Meeting in regular as well as special sessions and providing a ready recourse for reference of recurring organizational desiderata, it is authorized to take all executive functions within the Constitutional confines. Responsible to the Assembly in carrying out legislative directives for the purposes of the Association, it is mandated among other things for: preparation of agenda of Assembly sessions, submission of reports of organizational activities to the Assembly, control of the administration and its finances, and adoption of its own rules of procedure and code of conduct.
As its parlance implies, the Executive Committee is a special unit of the organization, taking over the supervisory functions when the Board of Directors is not in session. Consisted of the President, Treasurer, and Secretary, it is the Board’s substitute in the interim. Ever-ready to meet both regularly at prescribed intervals to review ongoing situations and to convene urgently at any time to resolve contingent emergencies, it is responsible for ensuring the executive continuity during the intervening period. Its transitionary duties therefore include all the transactions, normally attributable to the Board of Directors, to which it reports.
The Secretariat is the administrative branch of the Association to service all its parts and take care of all its day-to-day transactions. Consisted of ten officers as drawn from the Board of Directors (one President, five Vice Presidents from designated regions, one Treasurer, one Secretary, one Assistant Treasurer, one Assistant Secretary) and such other staff as may be required (paid and/or unpaid), it manages all the administrative affairs of the Association and remains the center of its all formal communications as a whole. Running under the overall imperative authority of the President, organized on lines of constitutional and institutional requirements, it is structured to best accommodate recurring organizational contingencies. Accordingly, the Secretariat is fractionalized into different offices, bureaus, sections, divisions, and units. Similarly, to effectively subscribe to various functions, it has the provision for a number of standing and ad hoc committees (e.g., finance, resolution, relations, membership, program, publication, advocacy, award), functional commissions (e.g., disarmament, human rights, global development, conflict prevention, peace building, and sustainable development). Then, it controls many programs (e.g., Arts for Peace, Culture of Peace, Education for Peace, Peace Praxis, Goodwill Ambassadorship, Rammel Fund, ISTUNIF), coordinates with sundry projects (e.g., Public-Private Alliance Foundation, International Organization for WAFUNIF), and takes care of overseas chapters (e.g., local, national, regional). Besides, it has its own internship and fellowship schemes, through which WAFUNIF attracts requisite talent for its administrative, representative, advocacy, research, and other tasks. It also has at its disposal various essential services, which it uses as required (e.g., accounting, auditing, counseling). Furthermore, outside its locale, it has established several training/ advocacy/ support centers, whose services are available on demand. Equally, it maintain relations with conducive organizations and individuals as well as makes appointments as necessary on behalf of the Association. It reports to the General Assembly and the Board of Directors.
The Advisory Council is in essence the think-tank of the organization. Consisted of an unspecified number of experts in relevant disciplines, as appointed annually by the Board of Directors in consultation with the President, it is a highly sagacious and vigilant body. Capable of keeping the organization in straight steerage, with its vision and foresight, its responsibility is to forewarn WAFUNIF of impending realities on the global horizon. Accordingly, in normal as well as critical circumstances, it advises the Board, the Secretariat, and the President of such actions as it believes the Association should take.