The General Assembly (GA) is the highest organ of the Inter-American Conference on Social Security.
It includes the entire CISS membership:
- Full Members (31)
- Associates (38)
- Affiliates (6)
- Linked (8)
Only full members have the right to vote. The other members have a right to voice.
Ordinarily, the GA meets every three years; however, it can also have extraordinarily sessions at the request of the President of the Conference, or by at least five members of the Standing Committee.
Their sessions can be held in any of the countries to which the members of the Conference belong, regardless of their category.
The sessions of the Assembly include: the Standing Committee, the Secretary-General, the Comptroller, the Director of the Inter-American Center for Social Security Studies (CIESS), the Executive Boards of the American Social Security Commissions (CASS) and CIESS, and the Executive Councils of the Sub-regions. International organizations are also allowed to attend, as observers, as well as institutions, related organizations and personalities invited by the President of the CISS.
Although the President of the CISS presides over the session of the General Assembly, the Head of Government of the host State may be invited to hold this position honorably during the session.
Among the many functions of the General Assembly, we find the following:
- To establish the necessary policies and norms for the fulfillment of the purposes of the CISS.
- To issue Declarations and recommendations regarding social security.
- To approve the triennial activity programs of the CISS organs, including financial projections for the next three years.
- Approve the three-year financial and budget report of the CISS.
- To elect the President, the three Vice-Presidents, the Secretary-General, the Comptroller of the Conference, and the Director of CIESS, in accordance with the provisions of the corresponding norms.
- To make decisions on affiliation and disaffiliation requests from members.
- To create, modify and dissolve the CASS, the Sub-regions, the Special Commissions and the Working Groups as it sees fit.
- To approve the venue and date of the meetings.
- To set and review the contribution quotas of CISS members.
- To approve total or partial amendments to the CISS Statute.
Lastly, both the constitution and operation of the Assembly is mainly stablished by the Statute of the Conferen The background of the Permanent Committee (PC) dates back to the meeting of the 1st Inter-American Conference on Social Security (CISS), held in September 1942, in Santiago, Chile, where, among other issues, the adoption of the “ Statutes of the Inter-American Conference on Social Security ” was discussed. Thus, article 3 of the Statutes established the Permanent Committee with the mission of:
- Enforce resolutions and urges made at the Conference;
- Prepare the work of the sessions of the Conference and establish the agenda of said sessions;
- Contribute in any other way to the purposes of the Conference.
Currently, the Committee is the governing and executing body of the CISS, responsible for compliance with the programs and decisions of the General Assembly.
It is composed of the President of the Conference, the three Vice Presidents, the Coordinators of the five Sub-regions, a representative of the associate members and, if applicable, a representative of the adherent and associate members. It meets annually, in an ordinary and extraordinary manner, when summoned by the President.
It should be mentioned that, regardless of not being part of the Committee, the Secretary General of the Conference, the Comptroller and the Director of the Inter-American Center for Social Security Studies (CIESS) participate in their sessions, all with the right to speak, but without vote.
The operation of the PC is regulated by the Statute of the CISS (articles 14-17), and by the Standing Committee Regulations.
In accordance with these provisions, the functions of the Permanent Committee include:
- Develop the rules and procedures necessary for compliance with the decisions of the General Assembly.
- Promote and coordinate the activities of the American Social Security Commissions (CASS) and the Sub-regions.
- Maintain the relations of the CISS with its members, international organizations, institutions and organizations related to social security.
- Authorize the conclusion of agreements with international organizations, institutions and bodies related to social security and monitor compliance.
- Supervise compliance with the annual programs of the CISS bodies.
- Decide on the provisional affiliation and disenrollment of members, informing the General Assembly during its next session.
- Submit amendments to the CISS Statute and the regulations of its organs to the General Assembly, accompanying the corresponding opinions.
- Approve and totally or partially reform the regulations of the CISS bodies.
- Approve the budget for each body, and its modifications, as well as the balance and account of income and expenses of the CISS on a yearly basis.ce, and by the Regulations of the General Assembly.