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International governance

Our Goals

Our founding goals remain as relevant today as they were in 1950: 

  • To further education in international understanding of children throughout the world, without the distinction of race, religion or politics, so that they may grow to maturity conscious of their responsibilities as human beings.
  • To develop the individual child’s potential for co-operation with others.
  • To carry out further research, contributing to this work.

Our Constitution

Our constitutional documents govern the operation of CISV International and safeguard our fundamental principles.

CISV’s International Membership

The Members of CISV International are our National Associations and Junior Branch. 

The representatives of the CISV International Membership approves plans, accounts and receives reports annually; this is done virtually. The Membership send representatives to an in-person meeting, held at the Global Conference, every three years.


The Trustees of CISV International are the nine elected members of the Governing Board. The Governing Board upholds CISV International's vision, mission and values and ensures that they are reflected in the strategic direction of the organization.

Three members of the Governing Board are elected by the Members of CISV International, the National Associations and Junior Branch, annually by electronic ballot. The first members of the Governing Board were elected in 2013 for staggered terms. In the first election, eight members were elected by the Membership as a whole and one was elected by the Junior Branch. Individuals may be elected to the Governing Board for two consecutive terms.

The election process is managed by an Election Committee established for that specific purpose. The Election Committee invites nominations and ensures that they are valid according to CISV International procedures. They then circulate the list of candidates among the Members along with significant biographical information and the details of the candidates’ involvement in or knowledge of the CISV global activities and the organization. 

Governing Board Terms of Reference

Secretary General

The Secretary General is the chief executive officer of the organization and works very closely with the Governing Board. The Secretary General, with a small senior management team, is responsible for the running of CISV International. The Secretary General attends all meetings of the Governing Board, but is not entitled to vote.

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