Armenia Archives - Earth Charter

In Armenia, an Earth Charter discussion takes place at the International Summer School

An International Summer School of Young Researchers (PhD. and Graduate Students) with the theme of “Political and Social Processes in the Eurasian Space: Looking forward for new Paradigms” took place in Tsaghkadzor (Republic of Armenia) in July 31-August 6, 2009. The event was organized by World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” (http://www.wpfdc.org), Armenian National Center “Dialogue of Civilizations” and Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov.

 

About 40 PhD. and graduate students from Russia, Germany, Armenia, Georgia, Iran, France, Check Republic, The Netherlands, Uzbekistan, and Estonia participated in the Summer School. Together with the older generation of researchers, young researchers studied and discussed current social and political processes. The main goal of the school was to stimulate a dialogue with young participants and update knowledge about modern society, and about trends in individual and societal interaction. The main format of the summer school was general lecturing and seminars around four topics: mobility, information technologies, family, and culture.   

 

Core general lectures of the school were delivered by professors from the Yerevan State Linguistic University, Pyjatigorsk Russian State University, State University of Gal (Armenia), Teheran State University, etc. 

Among the core presenters was Dr. Karine Danielyan, Professor of the Yerevan State University, the Chairperson of the Association for Human Sustainable Development and Earth Charter Affiliate in Armenia.  Her lecture covered the following themes:

  • a historic call for a new paradigm of development;
  • the world’s development process «Stockholm 1972 – Rio 1992 – Johannesburg 2002»: theory and practice of sustainable development;
  • the need for a “greener” mentality and the Earth Charter: document’s history, global consultation “down-up” process, main pillars and principles, and its role in the UN Decade for ESD;

  • the present financial crisis as an example of unsustainable development; the Resolution of the United Nations Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development (New York, June 24-26, 2009)

Dr. Danielyan distributed Earth Charter brochures and the Teachers Guidebook. During the discussion which followed, the participants discussed its content and value and expressed interest in using the Earth Charter in their research projects. 

Continue Reading

University Education in Armenia

In Armenia, Professor Karine Danielyan is teaching about the Earth Charter and sustainable development at Yerevan State University. Her students are going on to teach about the Earth Charter in schools around the country.
Professor Danielyan was Armenia’s first-ever Environment Minister, when the country originally became a democracy. She left that position to become able to devote her work to sustainable development, and she is one of the great champions of the Earth Charter.
“Almost all of my students now use our The Earth Charter for Children brochure and posters on sustainable development and the Earth Charter in their work,” says Prof. Danielyan.
She has also developed a university textbook on sustainable development and it has been used widely in many universities of Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, the Russian Federation, and the countries of Central Asia.
In 2003 the Yerevan State University was commissioned by UNDP to develop a textbook for the Armenian universities, called “The Human Development” in the Armenian language. Professor Danielyan wrote two chapters for the textbook: “Global environmental problems” and “Sustainable Development.” This textbook is the main educational material in master’s programs in all natural science departments of the Yerevan State University.
 
“Almost all of my students now use our The Earth Charter for Children brochure and posters on sustainable development and the Earth Charter in their work,” says Prof. Danielyan.
She has also developed a university textbook on sustainable development and it has been used widely in many universities of Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, the Russian Federation, and the countries of Central Asia.
In 2003 the Yerevan State University was commissioned by UNDP to develop a textbook for the Armenian universities, called “The Human Development” in the Armenian language. Professor Danielyan wrote two chapters for the textbook: “Global environmental problems” and “Sustainable Development.” This textbook is the main educational material in master’s programs in all natural science departments of the Yerevan State University.

Continue Reading

Read the Earth Charter

We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future.
Download the Charter