Guidelines for Proposing ISPRS Resolutions
Version November 2016
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 organisation 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.
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.
Each Technical Commission 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
The President of each TC shall form a committee to prepare Resolutions for the Commission. This Committee shall identify the more important problems requiring solution and shall formulate draft resolutions.
- Joint Meeting before Congress
TCPs present draft resolutions to JM for approval of Council.
First Vice President forwards approved resolutions to ISAC and IPAC for comment.
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.
The First Vice President, as Chairperson of the Congress Resolutions Committee, is responsible for:
- selection of the members of the Resolutions Committee
- coordination of the proposed Resolutions
- submission of the Resolutions to the General Assembly for consideration. The submission shall be written in English
- presentation of the approved Resolutions to the final Plenary Session of the Congress
The Congress Resolutions Committee shall be comprised of three to five members. 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 (web site, Archives A).
The standard format and phrasing of a Resolution shall be:
- Title of Resolution
- THE CONGRESS
- “Noting” the technical background (advancement, development, change etc.)
- “Recognizing” the necessity (need, requirement etc.)
- “Recommends” the Resolution (concrete goals, activities, etc.