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World Eatology Forum CharterArticle 1 Name
Name: World Eatology Forum
Abbreviation: WEFArticle 2 Nature
Non-government International Organization
Non-profit International Organization
Holding meetings on a regular basis in different locationsArticle 3 Background
World Eatology Forum (WEF) was founded in 2017 by Liu Guangwei,the initiator of Eatology and the president of Beijing Eatology Research Institute.The WEF is operated based on the principle of Eatology, which incorporates food production, food utilization and food order into one study and treat them as a whole for the first time. From a food perspective, it advocates adopting a holistic approach to problems that raised in the industrial civilization,such as resource depletion,ecological damage, environment pollution, the gap between rich and poor,hunger,food wastage,food safety and food related diseases.
In 2015, The United Nations member states adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs consist of 17 goals and 169 targets. It manifests that the international community has reach a consensus on tackling global development challenges - to replace industrial development with sustainability development and to build global governance. There are 12 out of 17 SDGs in respect of food. It is not difficult to see that food has become a major constraint to sustainable development. Sustainability would be impossible if food problems can not be efficiently solved.Article 4 Mission Statement
Eatology is public knowledge with the aim of solving food problems confronting us. Guided by SDGs, based on the principle of Eatology, World Eatology Forum provides a platform for more than 500 entrepreneurs and experts in the area of food around the world to discuss food challenges that constrain human sustainable development, to upgrade partial management of food issues to global food governance, and to enhance the impact of it from “100-year” to “1000-year”. The forum is designed to facilitate eatage civilization and to push us to achieve the three major goals of it - to have greater longevity, to build global food governance and to maintain population continuity.Article 5 The Council
The council oversees daily operation and management of World Eatology Forum, including but not limited to electing its chairman, advisers, and appointing secretary-general; formulating and reviewing the constitution；hearing and approving annual work report；reviewing and supervising annual budget and final accounts; approving rules and regulations; making decisions on when to hold forum; hearing and approving forum agenda.
Director-general is responsible for making decisions on key issues, policies, and formulating long-term plans. With the council’s approval, the director-general can ratify official documents and exercise other duties given by the council.Article 6 The Presidium
The presidium is composed of honorary advisers, honorary chairmen, senior advisers, advisers, chairman, vice-chairmen. The term of office of the chairman and vice-chairman shall be five years. They may be re-elected for no more than two consecutive terms. It is presidium members’ responsibility to provide consultancy service, to participate in WEF events, to engage business development, and help WEF grow.
Chairman is responsible for deciding WEF themes, hosting WEFs, delivering keynote speeches, collecting ideas and thoughts during the forums, publishing forum achievements, making WSF a highly influential platform, providing relevant opinions and suggestions to the council, recommending advisers, scientists and entrepreneurs to WEF.
The vice-chairmen are to assist the chairman.Article 7 The secretariat
Based in Beijing, the secretariat is the permanent body of the council and also the service organ to the Presidium. The secretariat is responsible for daily operation of WEF; preparation and execution of WEF events; implementation of decisions made by the council; preparation of annual work report, annual budget, final accounts and financing. It is also responsible for maintaining World Eatology Forum website (www.eatology.org) as an international online academic research platform and integrating the website with WEF forum, and pays close attention to global food trends.
Secretary-general oversees daily work of the secretariat, provides desired service to the presidium, implements decisions made at the council, recruits and dismisses employees, puts forward proposal to adjust functions of the secretariat.Article 8 The Format
WEF is held annually with G20 Summit. Topic for each forum is to be developed based on The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Solutions to regional and global food issues shall be formulated during the forums.
WEF conferences are held to implement decisions and plans approved at WEF, and are expected to be held in different countries when necessary. The purpose of the conferences are to promote cooperation between governments, entrepreneurs and experts/scientists in the area of food.Article 9 WEF Seating System
WEF Seating System is applied to both WEF forums and conferences. It is based on Industry Responsibility System. A prospective entrepreneur participant will need to buy not only his or her seat at a WEF forum or a WEF conference that he or she wishes to attend, but also a seat for an expert or a scientist in global food industry at the forum or the conference. According to WEF seating plan, there are entrepreneurs, experts and scientists, and guests seating
The Entrepreneurs seating is open to entrepreneurs around the world who wish to play an active role in dealing with global food problems and are willing to buy a seat for a food expert and scientist. The experts and scientists seating is open to experts and scientists around the world who have major achievements in the field of food and are willing to accept an invitation from a given entrepreneur.Article 10 The Sources of the Funds
WEF is an NGO. The sources of the funds are:
All the funds of WEF shall be used pursuant to WEF mission and shall be in line with the business scope set forth in this Charter and related regulations.Article 11 Financial Management
WEF shall comply with internationally accepted accounting principles and accounting rules of the host country, and shall ensure that the financial books and records are legal, accurate and complete.
Each year there shall be an audit of the WEF accounts by an internationally recognized auditing firm.
Insurance, welfare and other employment benefits of WEF staff shall be in compliance with applicable regulations of the country where the secretariat is based.Article 12 WEF Logo
The idea behind WEF logo was originated by Wu Hongbo, the former under-Secretary of The United Nations and one of the SDGs formulators. It represents applying Eatology theory to implementation of SDGs. It was officially approved and filed at Bureau of Affairs for the record of The United Nations.Article 13 Procedure for amendment
Any amendment to the Charter shall be submitted by the Secretariat for review and approval by the council.Article 14 Supplementary Rules and Regulations
Matters not specified in this Charter will be formulated in relevant rules and regulations. After its adoption by the Council, the rules and regulations shall come into effect.Article 15 Languages
The official working languages of WEF shall be English and Chinese.Article 16 Interpretation
The authority to interpret provisions of the Charter shall rest upon the Council.