Structure of the IPPNW Student Movement
The backbone of the IPPNW International Student Movement are the individual student members and the local student groups worldwide. They initiate projects and organize meetings in their home cities, advertise the Student Movement amongst their peers and represent the vitality of the organization.
Once a year, these local groups and individual student members meet in a national conference to elect their National Student Representatives (NSRs). National Student Representatives are considered the official spokesperson of the National Student Chapter. The role of the National Student Representatives is to monitor student programs and activities within their country, coordinate involvement of new students and/or student chapters, serve as the first point of contact for RSRs, ISRs, and international colleagues and facilitate productive relations between students and their national affiliate (if one exists in the country). Each National Student Representative serves on the IPPNW Student Governing Body and carries one vote representing their National Student Chapter. As such, they are expected to partake in discussions pertaining to decisions for the student movement and submit their votes in a timely fashion (either in person at international meetings or via email in their physical absence).
The National Student Representatives of a region regularly elect Regional Student Represenatives (RSRs). The role of the Regional Student Representatives is to facilitate communication within and between IPPNW regions and encourage student activities and recruitment within their region. The Regional Student Representatives ensure that IPPNW’s geographically diverse student membership is involved in the affairs of IPPNW and that their activities are in accord with IPPNW’s mission. Regional Student Representatives are members of the IPPNW Student Governing Body, although without voting rights.
The National Student Representatives also elect two International Student Representatives (ISRs) every two years. The role of the International Student Representatives is to facilitate communication within the IPPNMW student movement and between the different regions, encouraging student activities and recruitment and ensuring that IPPNW’s geographically diverse student membership is involved in the affairs of IPPNW and that their activities are in accord with IPPNW’s mission. Both ISRs have a vote on the Board of Directors, IPPNW's executive body.
The ISRs preside over the official Student Governing Body consisting of the National Student Representatives from each National Student Chapter with one vote each and the Regional Student Representatives without voting rights.
The students are supported in their work through the National IPPNW Affiliates at a national level, and by the Regional Vice Presidents at a regional level. They also communicate with the IPPNW Board of Directors.