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Earth Charter translations in Albanian and Belarusian

In February 2015, ECI published two new versions of the Earth Charter on its website. For the first time, the Earth Charter has been translated into Albanian and an updated translation of the Belarusian version has been completed as well.

The translations can be found on this page.

The Albanian version was completed through volunteer work done by a recent new endorser Kultura & Komuniteti (Culture and Community) from Durres, Albania. Durres is the second largest city of Albania. Kultura & Komuniteti’s motto is “Creating community and spirit of philanthropy through arts, culture and education.” The organization’s upcoming activities this year include a meeting with youth, university and high school students, to present the Earth Charter. The goal is to raise awareness of youth’s responsibility and the global impact of our daily activities. K&K will educate them on the Earth Charter principles to achieve local and global sustainability. A group of those participating will be selected to collaborate in the creation of a presentation on the Earth Charter principles to be presented in all high schools in the City of Durres. This project is being carried out in collaboration with the Regional Directorate of Education of Durres.

The new Belarusian version was submitted by Earth Charter International’s affiliate in Belarus, Youth International Education Club “Newline”. YIEC “Newline” has been carrying out many educational activities in Belarus and the region on Education for Sustainable Development. In 2014, the organization carried out several workshops, a spring discussion camp, participated in the Youth Media Festival “Youth Voices for Sustainable Development” of Adobe Youth Voices and iEARN, and assisted in the strengthening of a national network of ESD schools.

Earth Charter International and the global Earth Charter movement are grateful to both of these organizations for their hard work and dedication to fostering the Earth Charter vision of peace, justice, and sustainability.

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Conference: “The Earth Charter and Sustainable Development in Tajikistan”


Inspired by the principles of the Earth Charter, an international conference on “The Earth Charter and Sustainable Development in Tajikistan” took place on 22-23 April 2011 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, commemorating the 22nd as Earth Day. The conference was organized by the Foundation to Support Civil Initiatives (FSCI, Dastgirie-Center), a public organization of the Republic of Tajikistan. The UNESCO National Commission of the Republic of Tajikistan also provided considerable assistance and financial support for the conference. The aim of the conference was to highlight the role of the Earth Charter principles in Tajikistan, and to come to agreements on how to move forward with putting those principles into practice. Among the participants at the conference were members of state departments and agencies, national and international experts on the issues of sustainable development and environmental protection, scholars, university faculty and students, other NGOs, international and mass media organizations, and a number of international guests from Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Furthermore, the conference was also aired that day on Tajik television.

The following people kicked off the conference and greeted the participants:

  • K. Olimov, Chair of the UNESCO National Commission of the Republic of Tajikistan;
  • A. Tursunov, academician, Academy of Science of the Republic of Tajikistan, Director of the Institute of Language, Literature, Oriental Studies and Written Heritage;
  • M. Babadjanova, Director of the Tajik Branch of the Regional Ecological Centre of Central Asia.

The opening report, “Earth Charter – International Document of the UN: Phases of development and implementation + video clip on the Earth Charter”, was presented by M. Burkhanova, the Chair of the Foundation to Support Civil Initiatives (FSCI, Dastgirie-Center) and National Coordinator of the Earth Chapter in Tajikistan.

Special emphasis was given to ways in which the implementation of principles for sustainable development can be undertaken in Tajikistan, as reflected in short- and long-term national and international documents and processes such as poverty reduction strategy papers, the UN Millennium Development Goals and the RIO+20 Conference.

Climate change and the implementation of the Earth Charter principles on environmental protection were also highlighted in the analytical reports of the leading national experts.

Inspired by the principles of the Earth Charter, the creation of a culture of peace and nonviolence was also highlighted in the conference. Well-known national and international leading scientists of the Academy of Sciences focused their presentations on the topic of creating a culture of peace, including one on “From rationale mind to wisdom: The evolution of ecology” and another discussing “Islam: The ecology of the soul”.

As a result of the conference, a resolution was developed that will be submitted to the Parliament of Tajikistan, the Environmental Protection Committee, the Office of the President of Tajikistan, and other interested organizations. A collection of reports from the conference “The Earth Charter and Sustainable Development in Tajikistan” will be widely distributed to organizations and NGOs, as well as being available on the FSCI website (www.fsci.freenet.tj). The reports will be dedicated to the memory of Marina Bakhnova, Earth Charter Coordinator for Eastern Europe and the NIS who passed away recently.

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Earth Charter youth network wants to expand in Europe!

An example of an European Earth Charter effort:


In March 2011 the Earth Charter International along with the Earth Charter Youth Team organizes a one-day online conference to inform the European youth organizations and individual activists on the Earth Charter and its usefulness as an educational instrument when building a more just, sustainable and peaceful world.

So far some 100 organizations have joined the Earth Charter youth network from Europe and Central Asia. In addition, there are 16 official Earth Charter Youth and Student Groups (ECYG) in 16 European and Central Asian countries.

ECYGs are action-oriented societies, networks, or organizations that bring alive the vision of the Earth Charter in the local and/or national communities. The youth study the declaration, get inspired by it and then organize small action projects on sustainability.

Youth in Europe promote the Earth Charter by

  • organizing events where they present the declaration
  • translating the document
  • informing other organizations on it
  • training people on sustainable development and ways of living.

National Earth Charter Websites in Europe and CA:

Finland | Germany | Greece | Italy | Latvia Norway | Russia |

From the related articles below, one can see some examples of the European Earth Charter youth activism.

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