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The full draft of the Wikimedia Movement Charter will soon be shared[edit]

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Hi there,

The Movement Charter Drafting Committee is happy to announce that the full draft of the Movement Charter will be published on April 2nd, 2024. This will kick off the community engagement period from April 2nd to April 22nd.

The Movement Charter is a proposed document to define roles and responsibilities for all the members and entities of the Wikimedia Movement, including to lay out a new Global Council for movement governance.

Everyone in the Wikimedia Movement is invited to share opinions on the full version of the Charter draft – this is the last chance to offer feedback before the Charter draft is updated for the ratification vote in June 2024.

How to share your feedback?

Read the Committee's latest updates for more information.

On behalf of the MCDC,

RamzyM (WMF) 13:58, 28 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

The full Movement Charter draft awaits your review on Meta[edit]

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Hi everyone,

The full draft of the Movement Charter has been published on Meta for your review.

Why should you care?

The Charter is important as it will be an essential document for the implementation of the 2030 strategy recommendations. Participating in the Charter discussions means that you ensure that your voice is heard and your interests are represented in shaping the future of the Movement.

Community Engagement – April 2nd to April 30th, 2024

The Movement Charter Drafting Committee (MCDC) cordially invites everyone in the Wikimedia movement to share feedback on the full draft of the Movement Charter.

Let your voice be heard by sharing your feedback it in any language on the Movement Charter talk pages, attend a community drop-in session, or email movementcharter@wikimedia.org.

Please read the Committee's latest updates for more information.

Thank you.

On behalf of the MCDC,

RamzyM (WMF) 13:07, 3 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Global Approaches to Climate Finance for Wikipedians[edit]

In celebration of Earth Day, Wiki Education invites experienced Wikipedia editors to participate in a free virtual course "Global Approaches to Climate Finance for Wikipedians".

Climate finance encompasses investments to address climate change mitigation and adaptation. These investments are desperately needed globally, but financial flows to the developing world, and African countries in particular, have fallen short of what is needed. But documentation is difficult to find for the average reader, and difficult to interpret.

Our goal is to fill gaps in Wikipedia's coverage by creating "Climate finance by [country]" to document financial flows related to climate change mitigation and adaptation for as many countries as possible, especially in the developing world.

Sign up here (or contact me for more information)

Dates: April 22, 2024-May 17, 2024

Meeting times: Mondays and Thursdays @ 10 am Eastern/14:00 UTC

Guettarda (talk) 21:06, 3 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the invitation @Guettarda! Is there any article already written that one can be inspired by? Ainali talkcontributions 08:55, 4 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Ainali I plan on having one created soon, but one outcome I'd like to see for the class is the creation of a good general outline for articles like these. So far all that exists is en:climate finance. Guettarda (talk) 15:33, 9 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Affiliations Committee News (January-March 2024)[edit]

Group photo of the 2023 EduWiki Conference in Belgrade, organized by Wikipedia & Education User Group

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Quarterly newsletter sharing news and events about the work of Wikimedia's Affiliations Committee.

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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 12:55, 18 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Mini report from the Wikimedia Summit 2024[edit]

The pre-ultimate version of my topic group's suggestions.
The summit was focusing a lot on providing feedback on the draft of the Movement Charter. The attendees were divided into eight topic groups, each focusing on one part of the charter. I was placed in the group for "Affiliates and Hubs: Collaborations and capacity building". It was a well guided process, with many iterations with ample opportunity to provide and receive feedback from the other groups. The charter itself wasn't detailed enough for anything specific for our user group, but one thing I insisted on providing feedback on was that it shouldn't be mandatory for affiliates to create external partnerships but optional, rephrasing the wording from a responsibility to a right. All feedback from the groups were in the end phrased as either deal-breakers or improvements as a kind of amendment to the charter. Ending the meeting, all participants got to vote if they agreed or disagreed with the statements, and the results from that voting is on the summit page linked in the heading.

I also had the pleasure of being interviewed for a podcast about being at the summit. The episode: Jan Ainali, Wikimedians for Sustainable Development, Wikimedia Summit 2024 – #265 (and on commons).

If you have any questions about the summit, please ask, I will happily share more details. Ainali talkcontributions 08:16, 4 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Board of Trustees selection call for candidates[edit]

Hello all,

The call for candidates for the 2024 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees selection is now open from May 8, 2024 - May 29, 2024 at 23:59 UTC. The Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia Foundation's work, and each Trustee serves a three-year term. This is a volunteer position.

This year, the Wikimedia community will vote to fill four (4) seats on the Foundation Board in August 2024. You can see the timeline of the full selection process here.


Wikimedia is a global movement and seeks candidates from the broader community. Ideal candidates are thoughtful, respectful, community-oriented and align with the Wikimedia Foundation mission. Candidates should think about what experiences and perspectives they will bring to the Board.

The Board would like to find perspectives and voices that are essential but underrepresented in our movement. Accordingly, all candidates will be asked to include statements in their application that speak to their experiences in the world and in the movement and share how those experiences have equipped them to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Trustees commitment

Trustees serve a three year term and can serve up to three consecutive terms. The expectation is that Trustees serve on at least one of the Board’s committees. The time commitment is about 150 hours per year, excluding travel. This time is not evenly spread throughout the year. The time is concentrated around meetings.

Trustees requirements

English is the language of business for the Board. Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English. Previous experience serving on a collective decision-making body, especially Boards or committees, and significant experience in Wikimedia (or equivalent) movement building and organizing are expected from candidates.


Candidates from all projects and communities who meet the criteria to become a Wikimedia Trustee are welcome to apply. Could you - or someone you know - be a good fit to join the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees? Encourage them to run for election. Candidates can find information and submit their nomination on the candidate application page. If you want to learn more about the role of Trustees or have questions, refer to this candidate resources page.

Community questions for candidates

All community members, including affiliates, are invited to submit questions for the Board of Trustees candidates to answer. From the list of questions, the Election Committee selects 5 questions for candidates to answer, which the candidates are expected to answer. The selected questions may be a combination of what’s been submitted from the community, if they’re alike or related. Questions can be submitted between May 8 - June 12 at 23:59 UTC. Learn more about how to submit your questions on this Meta-wiki page.

Best regards,

The Elections Committee and Board Selection Working Group

MPossoupe_(WMF) 18:33, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Feedback invited on Procedure for Sibling Project Lifecycle[edit]

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Dear Wikimedia Affiliates,

The Community Affairs Committee (CAC) of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees invites you to give feedback on a draft Procedure for Sibling Project Lifecycle. Affiliates play important roles in the Movement, working with communities and external partners, and thus they bring valuable perspectives to the table. We warmly welcome you to the conversations. In addition, please share information about this with your affiliate membership, and any project communities your affiliate works with or supports. You can also help translate the procedure into more languages so that people can join the discussions in their language.

This draft Procedure outlines proposed steps and requirements for opening and closing Wikimedia Sibling Projects. It aims to ensure any newly approved projects are set up for success. This is separate from the procedures for opening or closing language versions of projects, which is handled by the Language Committee. It is also separate from the closing projects policy.

You can find the details of the proposal on this page, as well as the ways to give your feedback from today until the end of the day on June 23, 2024, anywhere on Earth.

We have also reached out to your contact persons via the emails provided.

On behalf of the CAC,

RamzyM (WMF) 16:08, 21 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Third United Nations Ocean Conference (June 2025 at Nice, France)[edit]

Hi everyone,

I'm a wikimedian in residence at Côte d'Azur University (Nice, France). The Third United Nations Ocean Conference is organized at Nice in June 2025. So this year (September 2024 to September 2025) is the "Year of the Sea" in France.

I would like to organize some editathons with wikimedians and scholars dedicated to oceans during this year. If I'm alone, I will organize regional events. But if some of you would like to participate, we can propably organize something bigger and more international.

PS: similar message posted on WikiProject:United Nations

Pyb en résidence (talk) 07:28, 31 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

@Pyb en résidence Very cool! Would you like to add a Call to Action in our monthly newsletter? If so, do it rather soon, I aim to send it tomorrow. Ainali talkcontributions 11:54, 31 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

The final text of the Wikimedia Movement Charter is now on Meta[edit]

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Hi everyone,

The final text of the Wikimedia Movement Charter is now up on Meta in more than 20 languages for your reading.

What is the Wikimedia Movement Charter?

The Wikimedia Movement Charter is a proposed document to define roles and responsibilities for all the members and entities of the Wikimedia movement, including the creation of a new body – the Global Council – for movement governance.

Join the Wikimedia Movement Charter “Launch Party”

Join the “Launch Party” on June 20, 2024 at 14.00-15.00 UTC (your local time). During this call, we will celebrate the release of the final Charter and present the content of the Charter. Join and learn about the Charter before casting your vote.

Movement Charter ratification vote

Voting will commence on SecurePoll on June 25, 2024 at 00:01 UTC and will conclude on July 9, 2024 at 23:59 UTC. You can read more about the voting process, eligibility criteria, and other details on Meta.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment on the Meta talk page or email the MCDC at mcdc@wikimedia.org.

On behalf of the MCDC,

RamzyM (WMF) 08:43, 11 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

Wikimedia Foundation Affiliates Strategy: Affiliate health criteria and changes to User Group recognition process[edit]

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Dear all,

We would like to thank all of you who shared feedback with us during this phase of the Wikimedia Foundation Affiliates Strategy process that started in November 2022, both on- and off-wiki. You can read the report from the first phase here.

Since that point, AffCom has been working with the Board of Trustees, Foundation staff, affiliates, and wider community members to enable them to provide appropriate guidance to affiliates regarding what it means to be an active and healthy Wikimedia organisation. As a result of those conversations, the committee has voted to adopt the following 10 criteria for affiliates, grouped into four main areas:

  • Goal delivery
  • Organisational Development
    • Good governance & communication
    • Financial & legal compliance
    • Affiliate health & resilience
  • Leadership & Inclusion
    • Diverse, skilled, and accountable leadership
    • Diversity balance (especially gender)
    • Universal Code of Conduct compliance)
  • Engagement & Collaboration
    • Internal (membership) engagement
    • Community connection
    • Partnerships & collaboration

You are encouraged to read more details about each of these criteria here, including guidance on how each can be met. All criteria will be tracked for all affiliates, except for the criteria around financial and legal compliance, which only apply to those affiliates receiving funds and/or that are incorporated.

Staff and AffCom are working on streamlining affiliate reporting requirements, and responding to feedback raised during the community feedback period about the reporting burden. The new requirements of data collected in reports would be useful also for different Foundation teams and departments, and allow for the creation of detailed regional or global reports that demonstrate affiliate health and impact.

In July 2024, AffCom will work to finalise the implementation plans for the changes to the affiliate requirements and application process. In August 2024, updates will be made to Meta-wiki and other supporting platforms.

You can follow the process here.

The insights from the 2023 process also included recognising a need to strengthen AffCom processes for evaluating potential User Groups’ furtherance of shared movement goals, sustainability, and general ability to be healthy and active movement participants. AffCom has adopted a revised process for User Group recognition, and will be pausing new User Group recognitions until September 2024.

No immediate changes are happening, except the pause of considering new User Group recognitions until September, for applications received after today, June 12, 2024. Once more detailed implementation plans are developed, there will be an update here and on the relevant Meta pages with the next steps after Wikimania.

To provide your feedback, please leave a comment on the main talk page on Meta.

Alternatively, you can join AffCom's open office hours on June 19 at 14:00 UTC or request a conversation as a part of Talking:2024. You can use the Let’s Talk to sign up for a time to speak with us.

Looking forward to your feedback!

Best regards,

Nat, Mike & Lorenzo

Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Liaisons to the Affiliations Committee

For the user group, I started a self evaluation of these criteria at Wikimedians for Sustainable Development/Affiliate Health. Please help evaluate so that we can get insights into what we may need to improve. Ainali talkcontributions 16:47, 16 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

Bots idea[edit]

Currently, articles with a newly added quality review label (Good article, etc.) that fit the scope of this User Group are shared manually and sporadically in the newsletter and on Telegram by users that can read the languages and think about it. It would be more useful/efficient to have one or two bots that look for newly promoted articles in Sustainable Development-related Wikipedia categories (environment, economy, social/culture), and only for languages that got a good quality review process, such as French, English, or Spanish.

Fell free to add other languages with examples of quality articles! J. N. Squire (talk) 13:06, 16 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

Good idea! However, unless proven otherwise, I don't think we should disqualify 99% of projects review processes. Instead, let's assume that they are all good, and if we see that articles of poor quality comes from some project, remove it from the source list of content then. The trickiest part is probably to have the bot identify articles related to the SDGs. However, if we use the properties on focus list of Wikimedia project (P5008) and maintained by WikiProject (P6104) to select the articles, it might be much easier. Example (with just Sustainable Development and Climate Change): https://w.wiki/AQQi Ainali talkcontributions 14:18, 16 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

Creating strategy for 2030 and goals for 2025[edit]

In our meeting today we decided to start working on goals for 2025 as they might be needed for the new Affiliate Health Criteria. When I created the base for a goals page, I realized that those ought to have a foundation in a strategy, and hence I started a base for a strategy page too. Both are empty of content, and I suggest we develop these over some calls combined with asynchronous work over the summer, starting with the strategy. Let's start discussing it now and do proper planning at the next user group meeting. Ainali talkcontributions 18:46, 16 June 2024 (UTC)Reply