jordanJordanian organizations and individuals have actively participated in the Earth Charter Initiative since 2001. Important supporters are HRH Princess Basma Bint Talal (an Earth Charter Commissioner), The Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD), and the Land and Human to Advocate Progress (LHAP).

In November 2001, JOHUD organized the Arab Regional Meeting on the Earth Charter, which resulted in the endorsement of the Earth Charter by many groups, and in the “Amman Declaration ”.

A year later (2002), all 99 municipalities in Jordan jointly endorsed the Earth Charter; this was the first step towards developing sustainable development plans for cities in Jordan.

In 2003, the Black Iris Earth Charter Youth Group Jordan was created, to promote interreligious cooperation and dialogue. In 2005 as a result of Black Iris’s work, the Earth Charter was recognized as one of the international reference documents by the Higher Council’s youth and environment division.

At the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg, the official representative of the Jordanian government, as part of the heads of states intervention, called the attention to the Earth Charter as “a vision to inspire a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the human family and the larger living world.”

In 2003, during UNESCO’s 32nd General Conference, the Government of Jordan submitted a Draft Resolution for UNESCO’s recognition of the Earth Charter. The resolution was approved and UNESCO now recognizes the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework for sustainable development.

From 23 to 24 November 2010, under the patronage of HRH Princess Basma Bint Talal, JOHUD organized a regional meeting in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Earth Charter. This was done in collaboration of the Ministry of Environment, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) West Office, and Earth Charter International Secretariat. As a result the participants signed the Dead Sea Declaration (in Arabic and English), and the Earth Charter Middle East and North Africa Network was formed.

JOHUD continues to be an Earth Charter Affiliate. In 2014, they started a project to create an eco/agro tourism and learning center close to the Baptism site in Jordan, where they plan to use the Earth Charter in their educational projects.


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