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June 25, 2018 



Version June 2011


ISPRS Resolutions are formal statements approved by the General Assembly (GA) to set a course of action for the Society to pursue during the succeeding four-year term.  Resolutions may be formulated to address scientific and technologic activities to be pursued, or may be more general to address science and technology policy or to direct Society organization or administration. Resolutions should only address new topics, or topics which are rapidly developing.  Resolutions should not be used to recommend continuation of working groups.

The adoption of Resolutions concerning admission or cancellation of Members, alteration to Statutes or Bylaws, dissolution of the Society or its amalgamation with another international organization shall require three quarters of GA votes in favour, whereas all other Resolutions require a majority of votes in favour.


  1. Any Member or officer of ISPRS may propose Resolutions for consideration by the General Assembly.  Members include representatives or delegates of accredited ISPRS Ordinary, Associate, Regional or Sustaining Members.  Officers include Council, Technical Commission Presidents, and the Financial Commission.  Resolutions must be submitted no later than 48 hours preceding the General Assembly in which they are to be considered.
  2. Each Technical Commissions should not propose more than three resolutions.  Resolutions prepared by Technical Commissions shall be subject to the following time table:
    Ten months before the Congress
    (October 2011)
    The President of each Technical Commission shall form a committee to prepare Resolutions for the Commission.  This Commission Resolutions Committee shall identify the more important problems requiring solution and shall formulate draft resolutions.
    Joint Meeting before Congress
    (1st April 2012)
    TCPs present draft resolutions to JM for approval of Council.
    After Joint Meeting
    First Vice President forwards approved resolutions to ISAC and IPAC for comment.
    At Congress
    TCPs may put forward additional resolutions solicited from open business meetings of the TC. These Resolutions must be submitted to the First Vice President no later than 48 hours preceding the General Assembly in which they are to be considered.
  3. The First Vice President, as Chairperson of the Congress Resolutions Committee, is be responsible for:
    1. Coordination of the proposed Resolutions.
    2. Selection of the members of the Congress Resolutions Committee.
    3. Submission of the Resolutions to the General Assembly for consideration.  The submission shall be written in English.
    4. Presentation of the approved Resolutions to the final Plenary Session of the Congress.
  4. The Congress Resolutions Committee shall be comprised of three to five members.  All official languages of the Society shall be represented on the Committee.  The task of the Congress Resolutions Committee is to prepare the Resolutions in a standardized form that avoids duplications and conflicts in content.  After the Congress, the Congress Resolutions Committee is responsible for publication in official documentation of the Society (Silver Book, Archives A).
    The standard format and phrasing of a Resolution shall be:
    1. Title of Resolution
    3. “Noting” the technical background (advancement, development, change etc.)
    4. “Recognizing” the necessity (need, requirement etc.)
    5. “Recommends” the Resolution (concrete goals, activities, etc.)