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Principles for the Green Economy

Earth Summit 2012
Principles for the Green Economy A collection of principles for the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
By Hannah Stoddart, Stakeholder Forum Sue Riddlestone, Bioregional Mirian Vilela, Earth Charter Initiative

One of the goals of the Rio+20 Conference is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development. To enhance political will to achieve an ambitious outcome from Rio+20, the international community will have to agree on a common ethical framework of shared values and principles. This document offers State and non-State actors an overview the kinds of principles that might constitute that framework.
This document has been put together by Stakeholder Forum in collaboration with Bioregional and the Earth Charter Initiative.

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Lessons Learned: How Nations Have Responded to Climate Change on the Need to Fix Responsibility to Do Applied Ethical Analysis

This essay argues that global environmental challenges such as climate change raise numerous ethical issues that should guide policy-makers in formulating policy. However, recent research concludes these ethical issues are largely being ignored by policy-makers and the media covering national debates about these topics. There is a need to fix responsibility in government to identify ethical issues that arise in policy, explain how the ethical perspectives were considered or ignored, and expand the work of NGOs working on environmental challenges to include a much deeper applied ethics focus of their work.

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The Systems View of Life: A Science for Sustainable Living – Speech by Fritjof Capra at the Earth Charter Center March 20, 2015

This is a speech given by Dr. Fritjof Capra at the Earth Charter plus 15 Forum: Finding Synergies and Building Bridges Reorienting Education towards Sustainable Development, Sustainable Consumption and Global Citizenship Under the framework of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter.

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La Charte de la Terre, texte de droit international de

Ce document passe en revue le processus nécessaire à Charte de la Terre afin de devenir un instrument de ‘Soft Law’ internationalement reconnu, par l’importance que ceci requérait pour elle. La visée première de la Charte de la Terre est de se constituer en un code de conduite universel afin guider les individus et les nations vers un développement durable.

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Global Report efforts prior to WSSD

In the context of the preparatory process towards the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg 2002), which started about a year and half before the Summit itself, a number of documents and reports have been produced (in the governmental and non-governmental process) as a result of gatherings, forums, meetings and activities, aimed at contributing to the Summit.

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WSSD Earth Charter Report 2002

This report describes the activities and accomplishments of the Earth Charter Initiative at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 August – 4 September 2002. Of special interest is the story of the Earth Charter and the Summit’s Political Declaration, the acceptance by the Summit of an Earth Charter Type II Partnership, and the many statements of support made by government leaders and NGOs during the Summit. In the conclusion of the report, some observations are made about the success that the overall Earth Charter Initiative has had in other areas.

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