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SUMMARY OF THE DECISIONS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE ICMM



Member States present :


Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Canada, Chile, China, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Holy See, Hungary, India,  Indonesia,  Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, FYR of Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay

 

New Member :   Namibia

 

Observers : New-Zealand, Rwanda, WHO, OIE, UNAIDS



1. Chairmanship for 2007-2009:


Colonel-Major Mohamed KAMEL CHEBBI M.D.(Tunisia) :  Chairman

Col. General Igor BYKOV M.D.(Russian Federation), Deputy Chairman

Lt. General Dato Sulaiman bin ABDULLAH (Malaysia), Deputy Chairman



2.
Venues of upcoming World Congresses:

October 2009  (4th – 10th) : Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
2011 : Three countries have been suggested (Brazil, Nigeria, Gabon).  The decision will be discussed shortly.



3. Upcoming regional activities:

2007 :  - Meeting between Heads of Armed Forces Medical Services of the Pan American Regional Group in the Dominican Republic (scheduled for November, to be confirmed).
2008 : - Pan African Congress in Sudan in February
      - Pan American Congress in the US in the autumn
2010 : Pan African Congress in Côte d’Ivoire

 


4. Report on the activities of the Secretariat General 2005 – 2007

- 2005 : official visits to Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Cameroon to attend the 6th Pan African Congress in Yaoundé
- 2006 : visit to Tunisia to prepare the 37th World Congress and to meet with the Minister of Defense,

Argentina : visit to prepare the Congress.

Chile : visit to meet with the Chairman of the Capitulo pan americano.

Nicaragua : official visit.

Buenos Aires, Argentina : to attend the 4th Pan American Congress .

India : visit to work on regional projects.

Malaysia : visit to prepare the upcoming World Congress of 2009.

Participation in the following courses :

the 8th course on the International Law of Armed Conflict in Spiez, Switzerland.

the 3rd European Veterinary Course (held in Germany, Belgian and France).

the 1st Pan African course on Peacekeeping Operations and Refugee Management, in Cameroon.

the 1st European Regional Congress on Vaccinology in Paris.

  • Agreements signed between the ICMM and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) at their headquarters in Paris.

  • Ongoing contacts with the WHO, particularly with the services involved in tracking epidemics of infectious diseases.  Attendance at the Global Forum of the WHO in Geneva in 2006.

Washington, January 2007, the first meeting of the Task Force.

Moscow : a meeting with the Chairman, Colonel General Bykov.



5. Upcoming scientific activities and courses


a)  The regional delocalization of the Spiez course, to be held in four regional sessions : two in Africa, one in Latin America and one in Asia.  The session held in Spiez in Switzerland will continue to be organized, and Spiez will become the resource center.  The training team in Spiez will organize the training of instructors and will supervise the regional sessions, with the support of Switzerland.

The project will involve South Africa, Cameroon and Malaysia.  Other countries which have expressed an interest include India, China and Brazil.  South Africa has confirmed its intention to host a regional session of the course.  The authorities of Cameroon have also confirmed that they will host the other African regional session of the course at their training center in Yaounde.

 

b) The re-introduction and development of the courses on the Medical Support of Troops in Specific Environments is planned.

They would cover different topics and be of interest to various countries :

Tropical rainforests (Brazil, Malaysia).

Low temperatures and high altitude (Europe, Chile, India).

Desert zones – which Tunisia has undertaken to organize by 2008, and which will be studied by the Maghreban Regional Group with the aim to make the course a leading source of expertise in this specialty.

 

c) The organization of an international course on the preparation and support of military personnel deployed in the theatre of operations.  This course will be held at the Institute of Tropical Medicine of the Armed Forces Medical Services (IMTSSA) of Le PHARO in Marseilles (France).  It will be a two-week course in English.  The first session is scheduled for 2008.



6. Decisions approved by the vote of the General Assembly


These decisions are mainly the result of proposals put forward by the Secretariat General at the meeting of the Task Force in Washington (January 2007).  The proposals were given the support of the Task Force.

 

a) Creation in the Statutes of the International Working Group (IWG) : approved by the Assembly.  The Statutes have been amended accordingly.

 

b)Creation in the Statutes of the Regional Working Groups (RWG).  The article in the Statutes providing for the creation of the RWGs was approved by the Assembly.  The Statutes have been amended accordingly.

 

c) Approval of the creation of a Technical Teaching Commission within the Scientific Council, in order to support the development of training courses.

 

d) Approval of the new ICMM Regulations of Internal Order concerning World Congresses and Regional Congresses.  These documents are available on request to the Secretariat General.

 

e) Adoption of the proposal to hold our World Congress during odd-numbered years and Regional Congresses during even-numbered years.

 

f) Vote of discharge for the Secretary General with regard to the financial report 2005-2006, following the report of the Auditing Commission.

 


7. Elections


6a) -  Dr. Jacques Sanabria was elected as Secretary-General of the ICMM for a mandate of 4 years (2007-2011) on the basis of the following project :

 

- to continue to support the creation of Regional Working Groups and help to make them effective in assisting the nations in their regions.

- to continue to support the International Working Group (IWG Task Force) with a full meeting in early 2009.

- to designate a member of the Secretariat General to maintain regular relations with the IWG and the RWGs (in accordance with the Statutes).

- to strengthen the role of the ICMM as a neutral international forum and to work with the Armed Forces Medical Services so that this role will be more widely publicized.

- to continue, with the Chairman of the Scientific Council, to develop this body, including its technical commissions.

- to continue to organize regional sessions of the course on the International Law of Armed Conflict, and to establish Switzerland as a resource center.

- to facilitate the creation of courses on the deployment of Armed Forces Medical Services in specific environments.

- to supervise expenditure and income.

(Approved : 51 votes, Opposed : 3 votes, Null : 1 vote).

 

6b) Colonel Marc Lemmens MD was elected as Deputy Secretary General for a mandate of 4 years.

(Approved : 51 votes, Opposed : 2 votes, Null : 2 votes).

 

6c)  Major General Marcel Merlin MD was elected as Chairman of the Scientific Council for a mandate of 4 years.

(Approved : 50 votes, Opposed : 3 votes).

 

6d) Veterinarian Colonel Paul van der Merwe (South Africa) was elected to the post of Chairman of the Veterinary Technical Commission, for a mandate of 4 years.

(Approved unanimously : 47 votes).

 

6e)  Colonel Hans Baer MD (Switzerland) was elected to the post of Chairman of the Technical Commission on Education, for a mandate of 4 years.

(Approved unanimously : 47 votes).

 

6f) The Assembly voted to extend the mandate of Pharmacist General Gerhard Bleimüller (Germany) for 2008 to 2009 as Chairman of the Technical Commission on Pharmacy, and also that of Colonel Mohamed Nassih MD (Morocco) as Chairman of the Technical Commission on Dentistry for 2008 to 2009.

(both candidates elected by a show of hands).

 


8. Report on regional activities

  • Pan African RWG (CPAMM): presentation given by the delegate of Nigeria (in the absence of the Chairman from Cameroon).

  • Maghreban RWG : presentation given by the delegate of Tunisia.

  • Pan American RWG (Capitulo Panamericano de Medicina Militar) : presentation given by the delegate of Uruguay (in the absence of the Chairman from Argentina).


9. Proposed new Regional Working Groups:

  • Presentation of the Pan Arabian Working Group given by the delegate of Saudi Arabia. The creation of the group was approved by the Assembly.

  • Presentation of a project to create a Pan European Working Group, given by the delegate of the Russian Federation.  This project is to be finalized in Kuala Lumpur in 2009.


10. 2008-2009 Budget

  • Presentation of the budget and suggested measures to meet the objectives :

    • Membership contributions will remain at the same level as now, but will be shown in Euros, due to the fact that expenditure by the ICMM headquarters in Belgium is in Euros.  Those countries which pay in dollars will pay the dollar equivalent of the sum, as determined by the exchange rate at the time of payment.

    • From 2008, there will be a principle of indexation adjustments based on inflation in the Euro zone.

  • (Budget approved : 54 votes, no votes opposed or abstentions).


11. Relations with international organizations

  • OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) : Head of Veterinary Services, Bernard Davoust, presented the agreement of cooperation between the ICMM and the OIE, signed on March 17, 2006.

  • WHO (World Health Organisation) : Dr Glenn Schnepf presented the aims of the WHO concerning the tracking of emerging and re-emerging diseases and the implementation of alert and response systems.

  • UNAIDS : Rear Admiral Da Silva reminded us of the aims of the international program to fight against AIDS and clarified the aspects of the program relating to uniformed personnel (army and police).  He announced the intention to establish a cooperation agreement between the ICMM and UNAIDS.


12. Designation of continental delegates for the International Working Group (Task force) 2007-2009:


The following delegates were designated by their continental groups to be members of the Task Force (IWG) :

  • (the names of the coordinators of each continental group is in bold)

    • Pan African : South Africa, Angola, Cameroon.

    • Pan American : Argentina, Brazil, USA.

    • Maghreb : Tunisia.

    • Asia-Pacific : Afghanistan, China, Malaysia.

    • Europe : Cyprus, Spain, the Russian Federation, Portugal, Serbia (1 year) then Greece (1 year), Sweden.

    • Pan Arabian : Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan.

These countries will be members of the IWG – Task Force provided that their annual ICMM membership contributions have been paid in full.


13. Honorary medals

  • the medal of Honorary Chairman of the ICMM was presented to Doctor Winkenwerder (USA), former Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the ICMM.

  • medals of Honorary Member of the ICMM were presented to Colonel Haouala MD (Chairman of the Scientific Committee) and to Colonel Machghoul MD (Chairman of the Organizing Committee).

 

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CALENDAR OF COURSES SCHEDULED FOR 2007 - 2008

  • Confirmed :
    • Course on the Law of Armed Conflict (Switzerland) in 2007 and 2008.
    • Veterinary course in Tunisia in 2008
  • Proposed :
    • Medical Support in Desert Zones : Tunisia 2008
    • Management of refugees and the legal aspects of peacekeeping : two one-week modules : Cameroon 2008
  • Courses being developed :
    • Regional sessions on the Law of Armed Conflict :
      • Latin America
      • Africa : South Africa, Cameroon
      • Asia
    • Medical Support in Desert Zones :
      • 5 countries of the Maghreb are to be working jointly to make this course a worldwide leading source of expertise
    • Medical Preparation of deployment in the theatre of operations

    Institute of Tropical Medicine of the Armed Forces Medical Services, Le Pharo, Marseille, France,
    April 2008 : presented by the Deputy Chairman of the Scientific Council.