The ECI Secretariat, which is based at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, endeavours to promote the mission, vision, strategies and policies adopted by the ECI Council. It supports the work of the Council, assists with strategic planning and coordinates many Earth Charter activities. The Secretariat guides and liaises with efforts to bring the Earth Charter to the fields of education, youth, business and religion, manages communications with the larger Earth Charter network, and promotes the use of the Earth Charter as an international soft law document.

The Earth Charter International Secretariat team

Mirian Vilela

mirian-vilela-eci-secretariatMirian is the Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Secretariat and the Center for Education for Sustainable Development at UPEACE, Mirian has been working with the Earth Charter Initiative since early 1996. She coordinates the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter and served as a member of the UNESCO Expert Reference Group for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD). Over the years she has lead and facilitated numerous international workshops, courses and seminars on values and principles for sustainability. Prior to her work with the Earth Charter, Mirian worked for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) for two years in preparation of the 1992 UN Earth Summit and a year at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). She actively participated in the 2002 World Summit of Sustainable Development, held in Johannesburg, and the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development/Rio+20. Mirian holds a B.Sc. in International Trade and a Master´s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was an Edward Mason Fellow. She is originally from Brazil.

Alicia Jimenez

alicia- jimenez-eci-secretariatAlicia has been working in conservation and sustainable development field since 1998, after she graduated as a biologist from the University of Costa Rica. She worked several years in IUCN Mesoamerica’s Regional Office and then started a professional services co-op called Coopesolidar, based in San Jose, Costa Rica. She also worked at the National University of Costa Rica. As part of these previous work experiences she did extensive field work in community-conservation projects, and environmental education processes, in Costa Rica and occasionally in other Central American countries. In 2006 she joined the ECI Secretariat, and is in charge of promoting as widely as possible the Earth Charter, especially in Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific. In addition, she is involved with the Secretariat’s projects on education for sustainable development. Currently, she is IUCN CEC national activator for Costa Rica. Alicia has a MSc on Resource Development from Michigan State University. She is from Costa Rica.


 Gloriana Lara Ramos

Gloriana LaraGloriana joined the Earth Charter International Secretariat at the end of 2013 after one and a half years at a well-known dental tourism clinic in Costa Rica where she worked as the International Patient Coordinator. Gloriana combines a Bachelor in Journalism with a degree in Mass Communication from Universidad San Judas Tadeo in Costa Rica. She currently serves as the Earth Charter International Projects Assistant and Assistant to the Executive Director.


Sarah Dobson

sarah-dobson-eci-secretariatSarah, Earth Charter Youth Coordinator, is a peacebuilding scholar and activist. She has worked as a teacher and facilitator in the US, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica with youth, police, prisoners, and sex workers. In 2011, Sarah co-founded and managed The Peace Project, an educational and environmental youth organization in Nicaragua. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland as a Banneker Key Scholar and is now finishing an M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding at the University for Peace as a Rotary International Global Grant Scholar. Sarah is from the United States.

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