The DGVN is comprised of several different bodies.
The General Assembly is held every second year. In special circumstances, the Board of Directors can convene the General Assembly at any time. The last special General Assembly meeting was held in Stuttgart in 2017.
The Board of Directors and the Presidium of UNA–Germany represent the association and are elected biannually at our General Assembly.
The Board of Directors (Vorstand) is the executive body that performs a number of different tasks, which include the preparation and planning of UNA-Germany’s programming, the convening of the General Assembly, the admission of members etc. UNA-Germany’s Board of Directors was elected for a term of two years during the 34th General Assembly in Stuttgart on October 14, 2017.
The Presidium (Präsidium) consists of individuals elected by members at the annual General Assembly and the Honorary Chairman. The Presidium is chosen every four years. The members of the Presidium can cast an advisory vote in the meetings of the Board of Directors. Both, the Presidium as well as the Board of Directors represent the association as a whole. It is comprised of elected members of the General Assembly and honorary members. A tenure lasts four years. The members of the Presidium can participate as an advisory voice within meetings of the Board of Directors.
The Secretariat (Generalsekretariat) is located in Berlin. The Secretariat is the main coordinating body concerned with the planning and implementation of all acitivities, publications and advocacy.
The Research Council of the UNA-Germany (Forschungsrat) initiates and supports academic research on problems that concern the UN and its specialized agencies. The Research Council organizes UN symposia, which bring together aspects of policy, academics and administration. In a sense, it operates as a policy consultation organization.
Nationwide, state associations (Landesverbände) and working groups of UNA-Germany represent goals of the United Nations.