Statutes of Auroville International
B. PREMISE AND OBJECTIVE
2.1 that the Mother conceived the setting up of an international township known as “Auroville”, where people of all countries will be able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities and with the purpose to realize human unity;
2.2 that on the initiative of the Government of India, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – hereinafter called UNESCO – sponsored the Project in 1966 by promoting a resolution that the Project of Auroville will contribute to international understanding and promotion of peace, which resolution was adopted unanimously;
2.3 that on the 28th of February 1968 Auroville was founded in a solemn ceremony in which 121 countries and the 23 Indian states placed the soil of their motherlands in an Urn at the Centre of Auroville where the following Charter of Auroville, composed by the Mother, was read out before all those present:
Charter of Auroville
2.3.1 Auroville belongs to nobody in particular. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. But to live in Auroville one must be a willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness.
2.3.2 Auroville will be the place of unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages.
2.3.3 Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within, Auroville will boldly spring towards future realisations.
2.3.4 Auroville will be site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual Human unity.
2.4 that UNESCO invited in a resolution in 1968 its member states and international organizations to participate in the development of Auroville as an international cultural township to bring together the values of different cultures and civilizations in an harmonious environment with integrated living standards which correspond to man’s physical and spiritual needs;
2.5 that in furtherance of these resolutions UNESCO had directed in 1970, and again in 1983, in two additional resolutions, its Director-General to take such steps as may be feasible, within the budgetary provisions, to promote the development of Auroville as an important cultural program;
2.6 that the Government of India, reconfirming the national and international importance of Auroville and in order to secure the future development of Auroville in accordance with its Charter, has enacted the Auroville Foundation, comprising amongst other authorities, a Working Committee constituted by the Resident’s Assembly (hereinafter referred to as “the Working Committee”);
2.7 that in many countries in the world, groups and individuals have joined forces in order to support Auroville;
2.8 that the object of the Association is to work for the advancement of the ideal of human unity by promoting the development of the International Township of Auroville and by encouraging the realization throughout the world of the aims and ideals of Auroville as laid down in its charter and the numerous writings of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother.