thailandIn 1999, the Grassroots Action Program of the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) catalyzed a dialogue process between various stakeholders to define the Earth Charter’s meaning for communities, municipalities, and other groups in Thailand, as well as to give feedback to the drafting process of the Earth Charter. The Thai initiative focused on the idea that the Earth Charter is a means to support both Agenda 21 and Local Agenda 21.

In January 2000, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Thai Society of Value Creation and the Japanese Buddhist Society, a National Earth Charter consultation was organized. TEI fostered the translation of the Earth Charter, as well as its dissemination through various events and networks. In June 2000, the Charter was presented in various activities such as the International Congress on environmental Ethics and Education, and it was featured in radio programs.

In February 2001, the Rajabat Institute Phranakhon and TEI organized a Colloquium on the Earth Charter in Bangkok; the colloquium brought together a diverse group of experts and leaders in the field of sustainable development.

IUCN held its 3rd World Congress in Bangkok, in 2004. At this Congress, a resolution in support of the Earth Charter was adopted (Res 3.022, 2004). The resolution recommended IUCN use the Charter as part of its policies and programmes.

In May 2011, the 8th Conference of the United Nations Day of Vesak took place in Bangkok, Thailand. The Day of Vesak is an important holiday in the Buddhist tradition, and has been an opportunity over the past eight years to discuss the role of international Buddhism with regards to a number of important global issues, including sustainable development. During one of the workshops focused on “Environmental Preservation and Restoration”, Dr. Colin Soskolne, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada), presented a paper on “The Earth Charter for Sustainable
Community Development from a Buddhist Virtues’ Perspective”.

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