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SDG World Tour Kick-Off Event

56587619_10161469857115328_3559405360026484736_nThe SDG World Tour project was launched during a special event on 9 April in New York. The purpose of this project is to raise the awareness of a broad public on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals through a two-year tour around the world with a sailing boat, the Clipper Stad Amsterdam, starting on 16 August 2020 in Amsterdam and ending mid 2022 in New York. During this sailing tour, the boat will stop in 17 harbors for about 10 days. During each stop, it will focus on one specific goal of the 17 SDGs to be highlighted by means of dialogues, forums, festivals, networking and thematic events.

It is envisioned that the SDG World Tour will become a facilitating platform, a catalyst, and a travelling connector. This effort will also serve to highlight local projects related to specific SDGs from the countries where the SDG World Tour stops. The projects that will be showcased will be selected based on their potential to inspire and initiate similar initiatives elsewhere. Five out of the 17 stops (cities/countries) have already been defined: New York, Rio de Janeiro, Capetown, Mumbai and Shanghai. The other 12 cities are to be defined by fall this year.

EC CompassThe Earth Charter International and the SDG World Tour have joined forces and will collaborate in this project as this sailing boat tour will take not only the SDGs with them, but also the Earth Charter as an ethical compass for this journey with projects that will engage youth on the ship, on shore and on line. ECI will invite Affiliates, Partners, Young Leaders and friends to engage in this project for instance, in collaborating by hosting events when the Clipper Stad Amsterdam Sailing boat is anchored in the harbor of an EC Champion’s country. In short, it is envisioned that EC Champions will have their organization and network be part of the SDG World Tour programme when it comes to a certain harbor.

The Kick-off Event for this project, held on 9 April in New York counted with the participation of UNUSG of Global Commmunciaitons, Allison Smale and the first youth mayor of Amsterdam, Avianka Aventurin. At this occasion, an agreement of collaboration was signed between the SDG World Tour and ECI.

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Open Enrollment “Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics” Online Youth Training Programme!

networkApply now to participate in the next offering of our interactive and innovative Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics Online Youth Training Programme to be held from 15 July – 23 September 2019 for young people aged 18-30!

This training programme seeks to enhance young people’s skills and knowledge to be ethical sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects, contributing towards a more sustainable and peaceful world.

By participating in this programme, you will have the opportunity to join a global network and support your fellow participants as you explore your role as a leader in your own community.

Participants will receive an Earth Charter International certificate as recognition of their successful completion and an invitation to become an Earth Charter Young Leader.

The application deadline is 30 June 2019. To ensure that we can build a sense of community among participants, space is limited. Early applications are encouraged.

Click here for application materials and more information about this programme.

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Congratulations to the winners of the XII Federico Mayor Zaragoza Award

On Saturday 16 March the ceremony for the XII Federico Mayor Zaragoza Award, organized by the Association of the Tortosa Friends of UNESCO, took place at the Felip Pedrell Auditorium of Tortosa.

The event was chaired by Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza during which he gave a lecture entitled “Global Challenges, Global and On Time Responses.”

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With the slogan “Let’s Save the Planet: Let’s Act Now Because Tomorrow May Be Too Late!” the students produced short, two-minute films to promote the ecological values of the Earth Charter, the Sustainable Development Goals or the Terres de l’Ebre Biosphere Reserve.

Out of a total of 65 submissions from Catalonia, Mallorca, Reinosa, Santander and Zaragoza, the following educational centers were awarded: La Falguera School in Vilanova del Vallès, Calvià Institute in Santa Ponça (Mallorca), Torre Vicens Institute in Lleida, Quatre Cantons Institute in Barcelona, Els Alfacs de la Ràpita Institute, Root Institute, Cap Norfeu de Roses Institute, San José Niño Jesús de Reinosa School, Caparella Institute of Lleida, Flix Institute, Juniper Serra Institute of Palma de Mallorca and David Barreda, Marc Domenech, and Júlia Albaca in the other categories.

This year, as a novelty, the didactic proposal Implícate+ with the Federico Mayor Zaragoza Award was developed and shared through UNESCO Tortosa, XTEC and Implica’t+, to implement this contest into classrooms.

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Teachers from the Implica’t+ project, Jordi Farrando, Maria del Mar Lluelles, and Toni Martin accompanied their students to collect three prizes corresponding to the categories:

Formative cycles and baccalaureate:
– 1st prize: Short film “Porta a porta” (Door to Door). Created by: Carlos Rivas, Joan Tartera and Raül Vaca from the Caparrella Institute in Lleida.
– 2nd prize: Short film “Prou excuses” (No More Excuses). Created by: Daniel Mendoza and Francesc Lluís Muñoz from the Caparrella Institute in Lleida.

Second ESO cycle:
–2nd prize: Short film “Protegim la Integritat Ecològica” (Protect the Ecological Integrity). Created by: Miriam Aguayo, Paula Foixench, Anna Miró and Didac Piqué from the Torre Vicens Institute in Lleida.

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Director of UNESCO Tortosa, Ms. Montse Esteve, for the excellent organization of this event and also to congratulate all the student winners.

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Activities with the Earth Charter in Mexico

Translation of the SDGs to indigenous languages:

Traduccion ODS Mexico Indigena

Languages play a fundamental role in people’s daily lives. Besides being an instrument of communication, education, social integration and development, languages give us identity. This is why the United Nations declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages, with the intention of sensitizing society about the importance of the richness in the world’s cultural diversity.

Based on SDG 4 for Quality Education, the Chiapas College, Institutional Endorser of the Earth Charter, considering the presence they have in practically every region of the state, together with the Intercultural University of Chiapas, the Mexican Earth Charter Network (through the Focal Point of that state, Eder Medina) and the organization Kybernus A.C., have translated the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to the Tsotsil, Tseltal, Zoque and Chol languages.

The objectives are expressed with representative illustrations of the state of Chiapas in order to disseminate this important international framework for the promotion of Sustainable Development on International Mother Language Day celebrated on 21 February.

We share the documents of the translations through this link.


Puebla Carta de la TierraOn February 2019, Puebla City Hall approved an Agreement presented by the Mayor to endorse the Earth Charter.  Ignacio Rojas, focal point of the Mexican Earth Charter network in this State is following up this agreement to operationalize it, and make possible to include the Earth Charter in public policies and/or education processes.  See here news and videos about this.



Michoacan Carta de la TierraIn the framework of the XLVI Anniversary of the Technical Agricultural High School (CBTA, for its initials in Spanish) No. 7 “José Vasconcelos Calderón,” the Environmental Protection Procurator of the Government of Michoacán, Mexico (PROAM, for its initials in Spanish), participated in the endorsement of the Earth Charter, as a firm commitment between authorities and society to carry out actions for the conservation of natural resources.

PROAM officials expressed their congratulations to the initiative of this CBTA to train in young people a sense of identity with their state and responsibility to the environment.


Estado de Mexico Enciclica Laudato Si Carta de la TierraThe focal point of the Earth Charter Network in the State of Mexico, Rafael Fernando Sánchez Barreto, gave a lecture on the encyclical Laudato Si’ and the Earth Charter as an alternative for the construction of the community of peace. This talk was held at the CONECTATE vocational festival organized by the Movement of Students and Professionals of Catholic Action, on 2 and 3 March 2019, in the Parish of Santa Clara de Asís, Municipality of Lerma. Around 40 young people attended.

In addition, Rafael Fernando gave the talk “The Earth Charter as a Tool for Training in Touristic Municipalities Vulnerable to Climate Change,” at the Autonomous University of Yucatan, within the framework of the International Congress of Tourism Training, held from 16 to 18 January, with around 20 participants.

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Earth Charter International Education Conference 2019

Earth Charter International Education Conference 2019


29 – 31 January 2019

The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at University for Peace, with the support of World of Walas and Soka Gakkai International, hosted the Earth Charter International Education Conference: Leading the Way to Sustainability 2030. The conference took place on the University for Peace campus from 29 to 31 January.

More than 100 people participated from 18 countries, such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Brazil, the United States, Canada, Guatemala, France, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Japan, among others. A wide variety of sectors were represented, including universities, school educators, local government officials, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, as well as UNESCO representatives from both the Headquarters and the Regional Office for Central America and Mexico, and the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica.

This conference sought to share experiences and research projects and generate a dialogue on pedagogical approaches, materials and lessons learned in the search for necessary transformations in education processes for sustainable development and global citizenship.

The Conference was held in English and Spanish, with 66 presentations, divided into nine plenary sessions and four categories of parallel sessions, namely: school education, higher education, and non-formal education in English and Spanish. Among the speakers were recognized authors in the field of education, especially education for sustainable development, global citizenship, transformative education, among others. In addition, pedagogical principles that encourage interaction and enjoyment were put into practice. In this sense, at the Conference there were nature walks, music and dancing, as well as moments of reflection, meditation and sharing among the participants.

Many shared their experiences on how they have been working with values in their education practices. It was emphasized that ESD is about transformative action and that any Earth Charter education requires involving the mind, the heart and the hands.

There was so much richness in thought and exchange in all sessions leading to a quite unique experience. In his presentation, Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran invited participants to look at the future with hope. His keynote address highlighted the importance of Radical Hope, world affirming spirituality and intergeneration action and equity. Dr. Sam Crowell invited participants to reflect on the role of education in helping us to identify “who we are and what kind of a person we want to be?” Dr. Namrata Sharma said, “the behavioral response to solve global issues would be rooted in a non-dualistic belief system which perceives an inextricable link between the self-other-nature-universe.” She also shared some recommendations identified from a study of value-creating global citizenship education and the Earth Charter for the UN 2030 global citizenship agenda. Dr. María Vilches shared the findings of her research on “Ecopedagogy and the Eco-Schools programme in Puerto Rico.”

Mrs. Akpezi Ogbuigwe, a well-known speaker and former Director of the Education Division of the United Nations Environment Programme, gave the Conference closing remarks with an emotional speech. She posed the question: “If so much is being done, why do we still have compounding wicked problems?” She talked about the importance of powering the SDGs with the EC spirit as a crucial step to the future we want. She ended her speech with an emotional poem with an invitation to rise up to the task of social transformation through education.

The feedback received has been very positive. As part of the follow-up to this Conference, the organizers will be creating a report and a publication in book format, which compiles the main ideas shared through articles written by the participants themselves.

Click here for more information about this Conference.

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Click here to watch a video of the Conference.

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Education for Sustainable Development Symposium in Minsk, Belarus

Belarus2On 6 and 7 December 2018, the 2nd International Symposium “Education For Sustainable Development For All Generations – Social Agreement” took place at the Belarusian State Pedagogical University (BSPU) in Minks, Belarus. The overall aim of the Symposium was to offer a space to share education experiences, which have positively impacted on the search for ecological integrity, economical sustainability, social welfare and development of the human resources in the Eastern Europe region.

The symposium was organized by the Education for Sustainable Development Association, the Belarusian State Pedagogical University and the Wissenschaftsladen Bonn in the framework of the Belarusian-German project “Science Shop as an Instrument for the Integration of Educational and Sustainable Development Practices” (2016-2018). It received the support of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus and the Support Programme of Belarus of the Federal Government of Germany.

Sofia Savelana, the head of BSPU “Education for Sustainable Development” Coordination Centre, ECI Affiliate and Education for Sustainable Development Association expert, expressed how happy she was with the outcome of this effort. The meeting counted with 400 participants, who are policy makers, government officials, academics and educators, and was a very important occasion to underline the importance of Education for Sustainable Development and forge collaboration on this.

The event was held under the patronage of the National Coordinator for the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, with assistance from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and support from the UNDP project “Support to the National Coordinator on Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and Strengthening the Role of the Parliament in the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals.”

The opening event counted with the participation of:

Marianna Shchetkina – National Coordinator of SDGs Belarus;
Raisa Sidorenko – Vice-Ministry of Education of Republic of Belarus;
Iona Cazana-Vishnevetski – Head of UN Office in Belarus;
Astrid Sam – Head of Belarus Support Programme, Germany;
Mirian Vilela – Executive Director of Earth Charter International Secretariat, Costa-Rica – via internet

The first plenary session “Educational challenges of Sustainable Development Goals” counted with the participation of Katine Danielyan, Earth Charter Affiliate from Armenia and former Minister of Environment.

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New book: Remembering Maurice F. Strong

Remembering Maurice F. Strong coverA new book Legacy for the future and future generations, Remembering Maurice F. Strong: Tributes and Reminiscences was recently published by the European Center for Peace and Development (ECPD) located in Serbia.

The book brings together contributions from 41 individuals who worked or collaborated with Maurice Strong in different settings. Through the various essays, reflections are made on the global leadership role Maurice Strong had in the field of sustainable development, environment and peace. Many expressed appreciation for the inspirational role Strong played in their lives and in different movements of social change. The visionary leadership of Maurice Strong continues to have an impact through the many UN environment conventions and organizations he helped to set up or was involved with in one way or another.

The collection of essays was edited by Federico Mayor, Negoslav Ostojić and Roberto Savio. Roberto Savio wrote, “Strong patiently built the foundations of a long and complex transformation.”

Maurice Strong spearheaded different phases of the Earth Charter Initiative since the idea emerged in the Brundtland Commission report “Our Common Future.” He was the co-chair of the Earth Charter Commission in the ‘90s, and as such, was closely involved in this for over 20 years.

Strong Keynot Address2 EC 5 Netherlands 2005The Earth Charter text is featured in the book and many contributors refer to it. There is a chapter by Steven C. Rockefeller on “Maurice Strong and the Earth Charter” and one by Mirian Vilela called “The Art of Articulating Shared Vision and Global Collaboration. A Model of a 21st Century Leader.

The Center also published the book, Remembering Boutros Boutros-Ghali, which is available on their website.

You can download the book here:

Find an article by Richard Jolly on this publication here:

For more information, contact the ECPD Publication Department by emailing or

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New Publication: The International Handbook of Holistic Education by Routledge

International Handbook of Holistic Education coverSam Crowell, senior researcher and facilitator of our Earth Charter Education Center is co-editor of this publication, which brings together 37 chapters from a wide variety of authors. Subjects covered throughout the chapters include education policy and politics, educational psychology, philosophy of education, multicultural education, and school leadership, management, and administration.

Sam has been involved in the Earth Charter’s work for over 15 years and has been co-facilitating a summer intensive course with Mirian Vilela on Education, Transformative Learning and the Earth Charter, and one course of the Online Certificate Diploma Programme on Education for Sustainable Development.

Providing a comprehensive overview of holistic education’s history, conceptions, practices and research, this Handbook presents an up-to-date, global picture of the field. Organized in five sections, the Handbook lays out the fields’ theoretical and historical foundations; offers examples of holistic education in with regards to schools, programs, and pedagogies at all levels; presents research methods used in holistic education; outlines the growing effort among holistic educators to connect holistic teaching and learning with research practice; and examines present trends and future areas of interest in program development, inquiry, and research. This volume is a resource for researchers and practitioners and serves as an essential foundational text for courses in the field.

“This new volume is an extraordinary resource that will provide great value to every holistic educator on the planet—and every other educator who wishes to learn about holistic education. This Handbook offers a truly global discussion and provides motivated educators and policy makers with profound and detailed insights about enacting the ambition to make holistic education the normative experience.”
—David Marshak, Founding President of SelfDesign Graduate Institute, USA

“A remarkably diverse group of scholars and practitioners in holistic education, including many of its leading theorists today, demonstrate that this emerging field has come of age. They reveal how holistic approaches address some of the deepest pedagogical questions and cultural dilemmas of our troubled time.”
—Ron Miller, Founding Editor of Holistic Education Review

For information on how to access the book, click here:

International Handbook of Holistic Education

Edited by John (Jack) Miller, Kelli Nigh, Marnie Binder, Bruce Novak and Sam Crowell, Routledge.

Table of Contents:

Preface: Educating the Whole Person by John P. Miller

Section 1: Foundations

Introduction: The Foundations of Holistic Education by Bruce Novak

  1. Holistic Education: A Brief History by John P. Miller
  2. Experiencing Nets of Holism through the Threshold Body, by Vivian Darroch- Lozowski
  3. Beauty and Learning, by Tobin Hart
  4. From a Deeper Place: Indigenous Worlding as the Next Step in Holistic Education by Four Arrows
  5. Eastern Philosophy and Holistic Education by Yoshiharu Nakagawa
  6. Care of the Soul in Education by Thomas Moore

Section 2: Teaching/Learning/Curriculum

Introduction: Teaching, Learning and Curriculum by Marni J. Binder

  1. Addressing the Needs of the Whole Child: Implications for Young Children and Adults Who Care for Them by Tony Eaude
  2. Moving the Spirit: Holistic Education and Young Children by Jane Bone
  3. Sustainable Peace for the Planet by Edward J. Brantmeier
  4. Core Reflection: Nurturing Human Potential in Students and Teachers by Fred A.J. Korthagen and Ellen Nuijten
  5. Self-development as Pedagogy in Teacher Education by William L. Greene and Younghee M. Kim
  6. Holistic-Contemplative Pedagogy for 21st Century Teacher Education: Education as Healing by Heesoon Bai, Patricia Morgan, Charles Scott, and Avraham Cohen
  7. Integrated Curriculum for the 21st Century by Susan M. Drake and Joanne L. Reid
  8. Holistic Assessment: Assessing Dialogically, Personally, Individually by Julian Stern
  9. Transformation Through Art and Vision: An Indigenous Perspective by Gregory Cajete

Section 3: Examples of Holistic Education Practices

Introduction: Examples of Holistic Education by John P. Miller

  1. Waldorf Education: Freeing the Human Being by Warren Lee Cohen and Brian Daniel Bresnihan
  2. Holism in Montessori by Michael Dorer, Tim Seldin, Robin Howe, Jennie Caskey
  3. Cultivating the Abilities of the Heart: Educating through a Pedagogy of Love by Tom Culham, Rebecca Oxford and Jing Lin
  4. Lhomon Education: Teaching for Well-being in Bhutan by Jackie Mitchell and Yang Gyeltshen
  5. The School Forest Movement in South Korea from a Holistic Perspective by Bokyoung Kim
  6. Madrasa Schools in East Africa: An Islamic Perspective in Holistic Education by Antum Panjwani and Sarfaroz Niyozov
  7. Queer Bodies and Holistic Imaginaries by Jamie Magnusson
  8. Holistic Features of Traditional Chinese Spiritual Practices for Personal Cultivation by Wong Ping Ho

Section 4: Research

Introduction: Holistic Research by Kelli Nigh and Erica Killick

  1. The Coexistence of Spirituality and Anxiety: Mothers and Daughters by Kelli Nigh
  2. Embodied Inquiry in Holistic Education by Celeste Snowber
  3. The Curriculum of Character: Poetic Ruminations of Growing Old(er) by Carl Leggo
  4. Conducting Narrative Inquiry Research from a Holistic Perspective: Honouring Story and Soul by Mary Beattie
  5. Sound Escapes: An Holistic Approach to Spirituality and Music Education by Diana Harris
  6. Research in, on and with Waldorf Education in the Netherlands by Aziza Mayo
  7. Holistic Education in Thai Buddhist Schools by Prapapat Niyom
  8. Many Layers, Many Dimensions: Building a New Science of Holistic Education by Elizabeth Spier, Frederik Leenknecht and David Osher

Section 5: Final Reflections

Introduction: Future Directions by Sam Crowell

  1. A Manifesto of Holistic Education: A Declaration for Unity and Personal Choice by Susan A. Schiller
  2. Belonging, Identity and Meaning Making-the Essence of Spirituality: Implications for Holistic Education Programs in Plural Societies by Marian de Souza
  3. Pedagogical Mediation as a Foundation for Doctoral Study at the Universidad De La Salle in Costa Rica by Cruz Prado, Anne Robert, Jan Hurwitch with Sam Crowell
  4. African Indigenous Education in Kenyan Universities: A Decolonizing and Transformational Tool by Njoki N. Wane and Ishmael I. Munene
  5. Hebraism, Hellenism and Holism: Finding Sources of Life in Western Culture by Bruce Novak
  6. Toward an Integrative Mind by Tobin Hart
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Lectures on the Earth Charter and Planetary Health by Dr. Colin L. Soskolne, University of Alberta

People's Health Matters posterDr. Colin L. Soskolne, epidemiologist and professor emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada offered three presentations this semester related to the Earth Charter and the obligation to people’s health at various conferences.

In his presentations, Dr. Soskolne concludes that we must reflect on how implementing the Earth Charter can lead us to strategies for positive changes in humanity. He also states, “The role of environmental epidemiology in evaluating the potential of the Earth Charter to limit impacts from upstream determinants of health warrants urgent consideration.”

Information on each of the presentations can be found below, as well as the link to the PowerPoint presentations.

29 August  2018

This presentation, entitled Revisiting The Earth Charter and Our Ethical Obligations to Planetary Health was delivered in the session Health Earth: Planetary Health Affects Everyone’s Health, at the 2018 annual conference of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, Ottawa, Canada, 26-30 August 2018. The conference theme was “Addressing Complex Local and Global Issues in Environmental Exposure and Health.” [27 slides; 15 minutes]

11 September 2018

This presentationLocal Adaptation of Universal Values and Principles from The Earth Charter to Sustain Human Health and Well-Being for Both Present and Future Generations, was delivered remotely to the 4th International Symposium on Ethics of Environmental Health held in Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic, 9-12 September 2018. [35 slides; 45 minutes]

19 October 2018

In the Community Health and Humanities Seminar Speaker Series, People’s Health Matters, at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Faculty of Medicine in St. John’s, Dr. Soskolne was invited to lead a seminar on the topic “Seeking a Sustainable Path Amid Climate and Other Global Changes: The Earth Charter and Obligations to People’s Health.” 19 October 2018. [34 slides; 1 hour].

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Launch of the “Hague Principles”

On 10 December 2018, the “Hague Principles for a Universal Declaration on Responsibilities for Human Rights and Earth Trusteeship” will be launched at the Earth Trusteeship Forum in the Peace Palace, The Hague, Netherlands, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Klaus Bosselmann, Earth Charter International Affiliate from New Zealand is promoting this declaration, which is in line with the Earth Charter.

In addition to the Hague Principles, they will launch a global initiative towards establishing institutions of Earth trusteeship in close relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Earth Trusteeship Forum on 10 December calls upon global civil society to speak out in favour of governance at all levels (global, national and local), to address Human responsibilities and Earth trusteeship.

The Earth Trusteeship Initiative (ETI) is a consortium of human rights, human responsibilities and environmental organisations. Over the past 10 months, the ETI worked and agreed on the Hague Principles. They define three fundamental responsibilities for citizens and governments to protect human rights and the integrity of Earth’s ecological systems.

We invite you to visit for further details, for the Hague Principles declaration and how you can support it. You can also find the provisional programme for the 10 December Forum.

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