Governance of the ARGA
The official name of the organization is the Academic Research Guide Association (ARGA), registered in MP India in 2020. We are continuing this tradition and organize yearly conferences under the ARGA flag, with in 2020 the conference in row.
We generate and disseminate knowledge and educate others about sustainable development. Topic groups arranged around clusters of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide state of the art information, enable knowledge transfer and promote debate about knowledge development and application during and between the annual conferences and other activities.
Objectives of the Society
- To generate research and knowledge about sustainable development. As a research society, we have an obligation to facilitate the work of those who labour to create new knowledge regarding sustainable development, as broadly defined.
- To disseminate knowledge about sustainable development. Consistent with knowledge generation, the Society also obligates itself to the task of spreading knowledge worldwide for the benefit of those with a similar interest.
- To educate others about sustainable development. Sustainable development places multiple and urgent demands upon global and local societies who will eventually determine the degree to which the Earth’s resources are sustained. Thus, the ARGA feels compelled to become involved in the practical work of sustainable development.
- To establish an information exchange for sustainable development. Given the proliferation of sustainability entities and venues, the Society will strive to provide a coordinating role for linking all these efforts together.
The ARGA governs itself at three distinct levels: Green members, Board of Directors, and the executive committee constituted by the elected officers (i.e. executive board members).
Green members elect annually at least two new members to serve on the Board for a period of three years. Green members, with at least 1 years of membership, are eligible to be nominated for a board position.
The Board of Directors consists of 13-21 members coming from as wide a geographic and discipline range as practical. Board members will be able to stand for re-election twice (unless elected to executive office). Board member are elected by the Green members for periods of 1 years.
The Executive Board include the President, a Vice-President, an Executive Secretary, a Treasurer, and a Director for Communications. These are shall be elected by and report to the Board as requested. In cases of behavioral misconduct, the Board has the sole power to remove an officer from her or his function by a vote of two-thirds of its voting members.
The primary responsibilities of the Board of Directors and its members are:
- To select the site for the annual meeting of the Society;
- To elect the Board officers (Executive Committee), who must be existing members of the Board;
- To approve the annual and special reports of the Executive Secretary;
- To approve the annual and special reports of the President;
- To conduct the business of the Society in matters not delegated to the Executive Committee or an ad hoc committee;
- To abide by its own decisions, whether from an physical or virtual meeting;
- To establish an Audit Committee whose function is to oversee the finances of the ARGA and online voting processes, this committee shall be formed by at least two Board Members, Officers are not allowed to join this committee;
- To approve the annual and special reports of the Treasurer and the Audit Committee.