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Korea Greens constitution

Constitution of Our Association

Date of Ratification : 2004.6.10

After over one year of preparation, The Korea Greens was established on June 2004 by citizens, local council members, and civil movement activists in the areas of environment, gender, peace, and community-building.

I. We aim

To challenge current economic and political practices that are causing environmental destruction, increasing the threat of war, and contributing to social inequality.  To promote the values of Life, Peace, Future, and Diversity by emphasizing voluntary cooperation and Sharing like Greens all over the world to bring about reforms in politics at both the regional and the national level.  Korea Greens promote political initiative of ordinary people, rather than professional politicians.  In order to present alternatives to authoritarian administrative systems, we implement new models in decision-making, such as steering committees based on a member-rotation structure.

II. 8 Key Values

As the result of on- and off-line discussions taking place during the preparatory period that began in 2003, the Korea Greens adopted eight key values and presented them at the inaugural meeting in 2004.

• Life

Humans depend on other living creatures on this planet for survival.  Therefore we treat life as an end, not a means, and we promote 'the Culture of Life'.

• Peace

We endeavor to stop war violence mechanism of oppression, eliminate the poverty and segregation that threatens peace, and reduce armament, thereby helping to bring peace to the Korean peninsula.

• Grassroots Democracy

We promote grassroots democracy that empowers local citizens to address the issues of their own communities.  By decentralizing power and promoting local autonomy, ecological health and strong cultural economy wil be enabled at the local level.

• Earth

We recognize our responsibility as global citizens to address the issues of environment, peace, and poverty at the individual, local  and national levels.

• Sharing

We work to eliminate poverty and inequality and realize ecological social justice, not through unliminted material growth, but through the principal of sharing.

• Future

Beyond short-term economic profit, we aim towards a sustainable society that will withstand catastrophe and provide a safe world for future generations.

• Gender equality

We work to overcome the patriarchal social order and secure gender equality and the rights of sexual minorities through legal, institutional and cultural reform, and by raising and changing consciousness of these issues.  

• Diversity

We promote diversity in all areas as a source of creative energy as well as  a safety net against destruction.

III. Organization

1. Steering Committee (10 members)

• To prevent centralizing decision-making power among few individuals and to truly realize the principles of democracy within the party first.  The steering committee of Korea Greens consists of 5 female and 5 male members formed by lot among rank-and-file members in rotation.

• Under the commission of the General Assembly, the committee operates as a decision-making body that inspects, reviews and decides all projects.

• Every member of Korea Greens who has been holding membership for over three months is eligible to become a member of the committee.  The term of each committee member is 6 months, in every 3 months, half of the committee members into new people.

2. Local Councilors Group (11 members)

• The - 11 local councilors - were elected in 2002 as civil society candidats supported by environment, women's and local groups.

• In collaboration with local people and groups, local councilors endeavor to reform local autonomy and realize grassroots democracy.

• The local councilors are actively involved in environmental movements such as anti-nuclear waste disposal plan in Buan area, anti-war campaigns, and international cooperation with the Greens of other nations.

3. Policy Committee (23 members)

• Policy Committee leads policy discussions and researches both in and out of Korea Greens.

• Many experts from academia and civil society are participating as committee members.  The committee works in teams according to related policies and issues.

4. Grassroots Policy Support (19 members)

• Grassroots Policy Support works to encourage debate on local-level policies and local autonomy participation, and supports local councilors.

• The Support group consists of activists and experts who specialize in local council watch on legislation, administration and budget; methods of grassroots movement; politics on environment, gender, welfare, development alternatives, and urban planning; encouraging women's participation in local politics and educating local activits.

5. Secretariat

• Secretariat assists decision-making process of members and Steering Committee and effectively implements the decisions made.