At a recent conference hosted by Russia’s “Public Chamber” — the official gathering point for the civil society movement of Russia, and a conduit for communicating civil society concerns to the government — former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev made a well-received, unscheduled speech that underscored the importance of science to sustainable development, and pointed to the role of the Earth Charter as a guiding ethical framework.
The conference was called “Global Security and Sustainable Development: Ecology, Economy, Energy.” ECI Executive Director
Mr. Gorbachev, who is both the founder of Green Cross International and co-initiator (with Maurice Strong) of the
The two-conference on 12-13 February included a full day of speeches, including an account by the Minister of Environment from Tatarstan on that semi-autonomous region’s extensive work with the Earth Charter in recent years in its government policies and programs (ECI will be reporting more on this later). Among the prominent speakers were Hans-Peter Dürr of
The second day of the conference consisted of working sessions that confirmed the draft of an advisory statement on increasing the importance of environmental issues in Russian government policy making. Climate and energy issues received special attention, both in the conference generally and in the advisory statement.
ECI was grateful to have this opportunity to participate in this important