Articles of Association of Young Environmentalists

CHAPTER I
Name and venue
 

Article 1

The name of the association is Young Environmentalists, abbreviated UU. In English the association is called The Icelandic Youth Environmentalist Association. The organisation’s home and venue is in Reykjavík.

 

 

 

II. CHAPTER
Role and goals of the association

 

Article 2

The Icelandic Youth Environmentalist Association is a non-governmental organisation with the primary objective of giving young people a platform to positively influence the way  society interacts with nature.

 

Article 3

The association’s activities are objective and cross-political.


 

Article 4

UU sees diversity as a strength and is an association for all young environmentalists. The association strives to mobilize all members for good work on behalf of the association. The association is guided by equality, positivity and respect for others, both towards individuals and social and cultural groups.

 

Article 5

The UU approaches environmental issues from all perspectives and advocates for sustainable development, nature conservation and the circular economy in the context of the United Nations Global Goals. The organization’s approach is compr and is based, among other things, on the basis of science, knowledge of local customs, the perspectives of the local community, the common interests of mankind and the rights of nature.

 

Article 6

UU emphasizes gender equality in terms of access to natural resources, both in Iceland and globally.

 

Article 7

UU is an advocate for young people in environmental issues vis-à-vis the government, economy and society.

 

Article 8

The organization intends to achieve its purpose by:

  • Promote awareness and peer education of young people (15-35 years) on environmental issues.

  • Encourage an informed debate on environmental issues in the society in general.

  • Empower young people in democratic participation and advocacy for the environment and sustainable development. 

  • Provide restraint to the government, the business community and society regarding policy-making, debate and the general mentality in relation to environmental issues and the rights of nature.

  • Fight for sustainable development, nature conservation and a circular economy.

  • Participate actively in international co-operation in resolving global environmental issues such as climate change and the protection of natural diversity.

 

 

 

III. CHAPTER
Members

 

Article 9

Anyone who supports the goals and policies of the association can become a member of The Icelandic Youth Environmentalist Association.


 

Article 10

There is no obligation to pay an annual fee to become a member.


 

 

IV. CHAPTER
The board of directors and their activities

 

Article 10

The association’s board of directors shall be elected at each annual meeting. 

 

Article 11

The board shall consist of a chairman, vice-chairman, treasurer, secretary, education and promotion director, climate representative, nature conservation representative and a circular economy representative.

a) The chairman convenes board meetings, prepares the agenda and chairs the meetings. The chairman shall be the spokesperson for the company inside and outside it.

b) The vice-chairman takes up the position of chairman when needed and is at the chairman's disposal for the main duties. The vice-chairman shall also oversee the association’s committees.

 c) The treasurer handles the association's finances and shall keep their accounts. He is responsible for the company's annual financial report.

 d) The secretary records the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and is responsible for the safekeeping of all official contracts and records of the organisation.

 e) The director of education and promotion is responsible for the association’s main social media and for the association fulfilling its educational role.

 f) The climate representative oversees the issue within the association and is the liaison between the board and the Climate Strike.

 g) The nature conservation representative oversees the issue within the association.

 h) The Cycle Economics Officer oversees the issue within the association.


 

Article 12 - Board meetings

a) In order for board meetings to be considered legal, at least half of the board members must be present. 

b) A simple majority of the votes of the board shall prevail at board meetings. 

c) Board meetings shall be open to UU members and they have the right to speak and make proposals, but board members have the sole right to vote.

d) If the majority of its board requests, the meeting shall be closed.

e) In the event of a vote equal to that cast at UU board meetings, the proposal shall be deemed rejected.

 

Article 13 - Conflicts of interest

 a) In the event of a conflict of interest that hinders board members in projects, the majority of the board has permission to temporarily refer projects to another board member. The Board assesses each time what constitutes a conflict of interest.

 b) The UU board and / or a trustee receives suggestions from UU members regarding any conflicts of interest. Suggestions must be received in writing.

 

Article 14 - Resignations 

If a board member or a trustee of the association resigns, the chairman shall convene a board meeting, within two weeks of the person's resignation. The board shall assess when an extraordinary general meeting needs to be convened to re-elect the office.

 

Article 15 - Distrust

 a) Distrust proposals must be submitted in writing in a reasoned manner to the board or a trustee.

 b) If a motion of censure is received, the person to whom the motion of censure is addressed shall be notified of it and the board of the association shall take it up at its next meeting. Subsequently, the Board of Directors shall convene an Extraordinary General Meeting. The proposal may be anonymous if requested.

 c) In order for the no-confidence motion to be considered approved at the Extraordinary General Meeting, ¾ the votes of the members are required. The right to vote shall be in accordance with Article 23.

Article 16 - Confidential representatives

a) Two confidential representatives of different sexes shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall serve in the office of confidential representative in parallel with the newly elected board.

 b) Members turn to the confidential representative regarding their complaints, who is obliged to address and direct the issues that arise in the right direction in consultation with the notifier.

 c) The confidential representative shall be active in the work of the association, whether in the board, committee work or other level throughout the year.

 d) The confidential representative shall always maintain the utmost confidentiality.

 

Article 23

The Board of Directors may appoint a Managing Director and may entrust him with staffing. The board may also hire people temporarily to carry out specific tasks, especially if a grant for a project is available.

 

CHAPTER V
UU committees and their activities

Article 17

Members can form sub-committees with the approval of the board to strengthen the work of the association. The committees work on pre-set goals regarding a specific issue at a time.

Article 18 - UU Committees

 a) There are four standing committees of the UU: an educational and promotional committee, a climate committee, a nature conservation committee and a circular economy committee. The chairmen of the standing committees also have a seat on the board.

 b) Regional committees work according to geographical areas as deemed necessary. The UU Vice Chairman is their liaison to the Board.

 c) Each committee shall consist of four to six members, depending on the opinion of the chairman of the committee, in consultation with the board.
d) The board shall advertise for people to the committees no later than three weeks after the new board has taken office.

 e) The chairman of each standing committee shall convene a meeting at least monthly.

Article 19 - Activities of standing committees of the UU

 a) The Education and Promotion Committee shall be responsible for the organization’s social media as well as overseeing educational work (such as high school presentations and events) on behalf of the company. The chairman of the committee is the director of publicity and education at UU.
b) The Climate Committee shall oversee the issues relating to climate issues, e.g. The Climate Strike and domestic and foreign commitments and actions of governments, companies and institutions on climate change. The chairman of the committee is UU's climate representative.
c)The Nature Conservation Committee shall monitor government policies and operations that may have a negative impact on nature conservation. The work of the committee concerns e.g. the highlands, protected areas, water protection, the sea, land reclamation and coastal areas. The chairman of the committee is the nature conservation representative of UU.

 d) Cycle Economics Committee. The work of the committee concerns e.g. food, sewage and waste, transport and energy. The chairman of the committee is UU's circular economy representative.

 

VI. CHAPTER
Meetings

 

Article 20

The board is responsible for open meetings. Open meetings shall be convened at least one week in advance.

 

Article 21

If members wish to be included on the agenda of open meetings, it shall be sent to the board 5 days before the open meeting and the board shall consider the request and accept it if possible.

 

Article 22

All members present have the right to vote at general meetings. A proposal is considered approved if it receives a majority of the votes cast.

 

VI. CHAPTER
Annual General Meeting

 

Article 23

Only those who have been a registered member in the organisation for a week or more have the right to vote at the Annual General Meeting.

 

Article 24

The Annual General Meeting shall be held in the spring, before 1 May each year, and shall be convened in public with at least four weeks’ notice. The general rules of the meeting shall be followed at the meeting.

 

Article 25

The Board of Directors or 1/10 of the members may request that an extra General Meeting will be convened. The meeting shall be held within one month of receiving the request. The meeting shall be convened at least two weeks in public.

 

Article 26

Agenda of the Annual General Meeting: 

  1. Election of chairman and secretary

  2. Report of the Board of Directors submitted

  3. Invoices submitted

  4. Legislative changes

  5. Election of chairman

  6. Election of vice chairman

  7. Election of treasurer

  8. Election of secretary

  9. Election of an educational and promotional representative

  10. Election of climate representative

  11. Election of nature conservation representative

  12. Election of a circular economy representative

  13. Election of 2 confidential representatives

  14. Election of 1 auditor

  15. Other issues

Article 27

The Board of Directors is responsible for the material published in the name of the organization and holds the supreme authority of the organisation between annual general meetings.

Article 28

The Board of Directors is authorised to pay the Chairman for his work for the benefit of the company. The board may also hire people temporarily to carry out specific tasks, especially if a grant for a project is available.
 

VIII. CHAPTER
Fjármál

 

Article 29

The organisation’s financing is in the form of grants, contributions, fundraising and income that may result from the company's operations. However, the organisation shall not be run for profit.

 

Article 30

The annual accounts shall be submitted to the Annual General Meeting. The annual accounts shall be previously reviewed and signed by the auditor who was elected from among the members at the Annual General Meeting the previous year.

 

Article 31

Members who make financial commitments without the approval of the board are personally responsible for those commitments.

 

 

IX. CHAPTER
Strategy

 

Article 32

Every three years, usually at the beginning of the year, the board shall convene members for a general meeting where the foundation is laid for UU's policy for the coming years. At the meeting, a working group shall be appointed to handle the strategic work of the meeting and prepare a proposal for a policy in consultation with the board. The proposal is presented at the next Annual General Meeting.

 

 

CHAPTER X
Dissolution of the organisation

Article 33

If a proposal arises for the dissolution of the organisation at the Annual General Meeting, the Annual General Meeting shall vote on the proposal and it must then be approved by 3/4 of the organisations votes. If the proposal is approved, the Annual General Meeting shall be dissolved and a new one convened, as the proposal for the dissolution of the organization must be approved again, and then again with 3/4 of the votes of the organisations.

 

Article 34

Upon the dissolution of the organisation, it’s assets shall be distributed to Landvernd, the Icelandic Environment Association. 

 

 

XI. CHAPTER
Legislative amendments and entry into force

 

Article 35

Amendments to the law shall only take place at the Annual General Meeting. Proposals for amendments to the law shall be submitted to the Board, at least two days before the Annual General Meeting.

 

Article 36

This Act shall enter into force immediately.


 

This Act was approved at the Company's inaugural meeting on 14 March 2013 and amended at the Annual General Meeting on 5 April 2017, the Annual General Meeting on 14 April 2018, the Annual General Meeting on 15 April 2019 and the Annual General Meeting on 19 April 2021.