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Capacity building for the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica

MEP Bimodal 4The Earth Charter Center for ESD at the University for Peace is offering a training course for teachers and administration staff of the Ministry of Public Education of Costa Rica on Education for Sustainable Development.

The course has 80 hours with a hybrid modality (face-to-face and online) distributed in 64 virtual hours and 16 face to face hours. In terms of calendar time, the course lasts approximately one and a half months.

The general objective is to strengthen the capacity of participants to reorient their education practices towards sustainability and to apply teaching strategies that promote education for sustainable development in educational processes.

The course has six modules, in which participants have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge about sustainable development, the current challenges of global change, delve into the concept and pedagogy of education for sustainable development, putting into practice the knowledge acquired from a practical project.

For 2018, this course will be offered for two groups, each one with 20 people. The participants are teachers and administrative staff from different parts of the country.

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VIVA Schmidheiny Awards – Entrepreneurs Competition

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The VIVA Schmidheiny Award is an annual contest that challenges social entrepreneurs and innovative organizations, helping them to strengthen the management of their projects and to scale their impact.

In its 2018 edition, they joined forces with Earth Charter International and the University for Peace, for this reason, the contest and award ceremony was held in Costa Rica at the Earth Charter Education Center facilities.

The Awards are granted in 4 categories: NGOs with Environmental Impact, NGOs with Social Impact, Companies with Environmental Impact, and Companies with Social Impact; and 2 special awards: Innovation in Collective Action, and Public Vote.

Three finalists from each of these categories (and from 10 countries) traveled to this award event to present their initiatives before an expert panel of international judges, who are in charge of selecting the winners.

The first places in each category received a prize of USD$15,000; and the second places USD$2,500. In addition to the cash prizes, each of these 12 finalists will receive a scholarship to attend the VIVA 2018 Workshop, a social entrepreneurship training space aimed at strengthening their strategies and scaling up their impact.

The finalists will also have the possibility of winning the special prize to the “Public Vote” for USD$5,000 and the special prize for “Innovation in Collective Action” of USD$2,000.
The prizes are designed with three purposes:

• Promote innovation for sustainability
• Train new entrepreneurs
• Generate and exchange knowledge

The VIVA Schmidheiny Awards are evaluated by a multinational jury, composed of entrepreneurs, investors, academics, and successful leaders with experience in social entrepreneurship. On behalf of the Earth Charter International, Alicia Jiménez participated as part of the jury.

During the ceremony, there were several panels of experts talking about the topic of social and environmental entrepreneurship. The Director of the Earth Charter International, Mirian Vilela, gave a talk on the role of the Earth Charter as a guide for sustainable ventures.





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Earth Charter endorsements in Mexico

Aval Colegio de Bachilleres de ChiapasThe following education institutions of Mexico endorsed the Earth Charter between May and June of 2018:
– Colegio de Bachilleres of Chiapas
– The Higher Technological Institute of Puruándiro, Michoacán
– The Polytechnic University of Aguascalientes

The Colegio de Bachilleres of Chiapas is the first secondary education institution, with more than 100,000 students, that recognizes the Earth Charter as a useful educational instrument and ethical framework to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Higher Technological Institute of Puruándiro joins the national network of higher education institutions that have endorsed the Earth Charter. More than 400 education institutions have endorsed the Earth Charter in Mexico, and have committed to generating an Institutional Program for Education for Sustainable Development.
The Polytechnic University of Aguascalientes endorsed the Earth Charter on June 7, 2018, in a ceremony that was preceded by a training workshop on the Earth Charter with officials of this educational institution. This endorsement was promoted by the Focal Point of the Mexican Earth Charter Network in Aguascalientes, Ms. Gina Ventura.

The endorsement was signed by the Rector Luis Carlos Ibarra Tejeda, who affirmed the intention that the educational programs of this educational institution integrate the Earth Charter.

Attached an article published in a local newspaper, referring to this endorsement and photos of the ceremony.


Noticia Aval Universidad Politecnica Aguascalientes

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Video Interview on Planning for Sustainable Cities

Earth Charter International Secretariat developed a series of video based on an interview with Gwendolyn Hallsmith in which she shares her experience on: Planning for Sustainable Cities.

Gwendolyn Hallsmith is the founder and Executive Director of Global Community Initiatives (GCI). She has over 25 years of experience working with municipal, regional, and state government in the United States and internationally.  She learned about the Earth Charter in 2001, and since then, has been an actively promoting the use of the Earth Charter in city planning processes.

She was part of the committee that created EarthCAT:  Guide to Community Development, which is a methodology that cities can use to infuse the principles of sustainability contained in the Earth Charter in their master plans.

Find the three video interview with Gwendolyn in this link:


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Teacher training to UNESCO Associated Schools- Costa Rica

The Earth Charter Center of Education for Sustainable Development, through the UNESCO Chair of Education for Sustainable Development offered the course called Educating for Sustainability with the Earth Charter, to UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network of Costa Rica (ASPnet).

This course took place on 10 -11 May 2018, the Earth Charter Center coordinated the first day of the course, the second day was a field visit to a farm of the National Electricity Company of Costa Rica (CNFL).

Thirty teachers from all over Costa Rica, rural and urban, and from public and private educational centers participated.

The main objective of the course was to offer basic training on the philosophical and ethical principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) with which ASPnet works, using the Earth Charter, an ethical framework recognized by UNESCO for the development of ESD worldwide.

On the first day of the course, activities were carried out to expand knowledge about the concept of sustainability and systems thinking. The ESD policy framework was presented, and activities were carried out to introduce the principles of the Earth Charter. The course was highly participatory in order to seek a joyful process for the participants.

The Earth Charter Center has been for several years offering this training in support of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network.


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Institute in Venezuela organizes discussion on the Earth Charter

IUT-FRP 4With the participation of Chemistry, Quality Systems, and Environment Control students, a discussion on the Earth Charter was held at the University Institute of Technology Dr. Federico Rivero Palacio, organized by the Research and Postgraduate Department, under Professor Joel Campuzano.

The activity began with a video called “The sustainable future is in our hands”, where awareness was generated among attendees about how and why we should all defend the rights of Planet Earth and that only together we can save our only ¨spacecraft¨, as Professor Walter Martínez in his Dossier program expressed.

Professor Joel Campuzano, Head of the Research and Postgraduate Department of the IUT-FRP said, “Our planet is the only space where we live, the Earth Charter as an ethical document, is a vision of hope, a call to action in defense of the rights of Planet Earth, for present and future generations, and for the community’s well-being¨.

IUT-FRP 3“The Earth Charter gives us the notion of integrality working from values, love, a culture of peace, solidarity, generating reflections to act under the fifth objective of the Nation’s Plan. Therefore, this call to action is aimed at IUT students who bring their proposals and their projects to carry them out jointly inside and outside the institution¨, stated professor Campuzano.

Campuzano added: “IUT-FRP endorses the Earth Charter, and therefore commits to disseminate and promote, from the Quality Systems laboratory and the Environment Department, the sustainable development of our Planet Earth. Also we invite all of those who want to join this noble initiative, to join the promoting team, and in addition, to thank all the directors of the institute lead by Professor Hector Constant, for all the support “.

IUT-FRP 2These activities encourage interest of students, such as Ronaldo Paiva, a student of Control of the Environment Sytems, who expressed “Initiatives such as the Agroecological Park are very interesting, as we must begin to revert the situations that are affecting the preservation of life in Planet Earth¨.

Other students, of the Quality and Environment Systems programme, such as Enyerlis Luzón stated, “I loved the discussion, I learned what the Earth Charter is and why we should all put its principles into practice for the benefit of all¨. Jean Carlos Boscán expressed “Pollution is a very serious issue affecting us now, we must all work to ensure our present and future, and the key to this is to put into practice, disseminate and promote the 16 principles of the Earth Charter¨.

Press IUT-FRP.
Text and photos by: Alejandra Guzmán and Guillermo Navarro.

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Earth Charter Slogan 2018

CT 2018 Eng B“Embrace a Sustainable Lifestyle” is the slogan that Earth Charter International Secretariat is using during 2018 to motivate and inspire activities in connection with the Earth Charter in action.

ECI Secretariat invites affiliates, volunteers, young leaders, endorsers and all those interested to use this logo and slogan in your activities.

You can download this logo in English here.

Download the French logo.

Download the Portuguese logo.

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Tribute to Ruud Lubbers

Lubbers 4Rudolphus Franciscus Marie “Ruud” Lubbers
7 May 1939 – 14 February 2018

It is with deep sadness that I share with you the passing away of Mr. Ruud Lubbers on 14/02/2018. It is hard to say good-bye to him, as he was so special and dear to us. He was a friend and a mentor to me and many of us involved in the Earth Charter Initiative. I am hugely grateful for the opportunity of meeting him and learning so much from him throughout many years of working together.

Mr. Lubbers was a very active Earth Charter Commissioner and great supporter of the Earth Charter for many years. It is a great loss for the Earth Charter Initiative and to the world. However, we have many reasons to be grateful to him. I will always remember his sense of freedom and informality to speak with people and the fact that he was especially comfortable in speaking his mind.

As a political leader. who embraced the deep ethical and spiritual dimensions of sustainable development, he was a unique voice emphasizing the importance to bring ethics to the world of business and politics.

In the last few years of his public life, in speeches he offered at Earth Charter meetings, he often highlighted the importance of nurturing our spirituality and soul. At the Earth Charter+10 event in Ahmedabad, India in 2010, he said:

“We need to include Pneuma / Prana – i.e. spirituality in what we are doing and the way we address challenges. We … now realize that we should nourish ourselves with spirituality… We may even begin to speak about four ‘P’s: People, Planet, Profit and Pneuma”. (Pneuma is the ancient Greek word for “breath” and in a religious context for “spirit” or “soul”)

He often stressed the importance of understanding our responsibility to secure a healthy environment to current and future generations, and of considering new participatory approaches in politics to realize the aspiration of sustainability, which in itself, requires, as he used to say, the willingness and skills to engage, dialogue, and collaborate with different sectors: government, business and civil society sector.

I can still hear his voice saying repeatedly:

“There is a need for complimentary governance. We have always considered politicians to govern and manage the common responsibilities and resources. However, the need is now to involve civil society into governance” (in 2010 at the Earth Charter+10 Conference in Ahmedabad, India).

Herewith we share with you some photos, writings and videos of him.

On behalf of all involved in the Earth Charter Initiative, we send our sentiments and heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. Lubbers and to the people of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

May his soul rest in peace.

Mirian Vilela
Executive Director
Earth Charter International


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Ruud Lubbers Articles and speeches
Inspiration of Global Governance, Human Rights and the Earth Charter
The Earth Charter to Inspire Governance in Modernity – 2007
Address to the Nobel Peace Prize Centennial Symposium – 2001
A Just, Sustainable and Participatory Society – 1999

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Former PM of the Netherlands, Ruud Lubbers, discusses his involvement in the Earth Charter
Former PM of the Netherlands, Ruud Lubbers, discusses Sustainable Development and Leadership Presentation as UNHCR

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Message from Federico Mayor Zaragoza to the Youth

Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former UNESCO Director General wrote a message to the youth, especially those who have taken Earth Charter ethical leadership course.


“There will be new words for the new history”

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“Get involved!” was the shout out and final message from Stephan Hessel. “You will have to change course and ship,” José Luis Sampedro added. Well, the time has come to get involved, to change course and ship, for the “new beginning” that the Earth Charter advocates, a document that we should have as an essential reference for the radical changes that we must undertake.Federico-Mayor-Zaragoza

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights clearly states in the second paragraph of its preamble that, if the full exercise of human rights was not possible, people could be “compelled to rebellion.” Well, the time has come, in a peaceful but firm way to uprise, to express yourselves, to make yourselves heard, to flood the cyberspace and the streets with your presence, your voice, your points of view, knowing that addressing global challenges cannot be postponed.

Citizens of the world: do not be deceived by ideologues that have long lost their compass and do not realize – or do not want to – that it is the entire human species – this formidable and hopeful gift – the one at risk.  Therefore, humanity must not be reduced in any way, but must know how to react together in the face of the powerful, including the media, which seek to reduce the voices of “the people …” to mere spectators, abstracted and obfuscated in a sense of belonging to small “plots”, as Amin Maalouf recently warned, the challenges are unprecedented and the solutions must also be unprecedented. Instead of concentrating on issues relating to our immediate surroundings, we must jointly address the dangers that threaten us and react before it is too late.

We must be fully aware that we are, for the first time in the history of humankind, facing a situation of extreme gravity and complexity, with potential irreversible problems, in such a way that, if we do not act in time and with firmness, we could reach points of no return in the habitability of the Earth.

I always remember Albert Camus’ terrible phrase about having the opportunity to do so much yet doing so little. Let us act together in such a way that future generations will not have a reason to pronounce those words. The great challenge and the supreme duty of each generation is to assure future generations a dignified life and the full exercise of humans’ special skills: to think, to imagine, to anticipate, to create! Every human being is unique and capable of creating, this is our hope.

The time of friendship, of detachment, of listening, of affirmation, of rectification, of walking against the wind is coming. The alternative to involution and revolution is evolution. Only one “r” of responsibility separates the evolution of the revolution. If we are responsible, we will choose evolution, as nature shows us with great splendor. It is necessary to invent tomorrow. It is pressing to dare to know and know how to dare. Young people: it is necessary to overcome the media harassment that wants us to become spectators instead of actors, giving wings to skepticism instead of hope. I remember that phrase from 15-M that delighted me so much: “If you do not let us dream, we will not let you sleep”. Do not get distracted by local or irrelevant issues when we have to face problems that concern us all, from all parts of the world, all social status, all races and religions… Remembering our intergenerational responsibilities; and learn to share, to live together, and to strive for others, because solidarity and generosity are, precisely, the ignored paths of tomorrow that you should constantly indicate to us.

We have many road maps that have been ignored but are more important than ever: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the Earth Charter; the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the United Nations Millennium Declaration, the Declaration and Plan of Action for a Culture of Peace …  All of them should serve at this time to guide our daily behavior. Also today, thanks to longevity, we have a treasure that is usually underutilized: the experience of those who live the last stretches of their human journey. Experience is the balance of successes and mistakes, accumulating a value as extraordinary as precariously used. For this reason, I encourage young people to share experiences so that they help them not to falter, to decide to act boldly when their wings are still strong to fly high and without decay.

Do not tolerate any outbreak of supremacism. This is the greatest source of confrontations, the biggest responsibility for victims throughout history, a history that cannot be repeated. All human beings are equal in dignity; this is the principle of justice and peace. As I wrote recently, “Whether or not we want to recognize today’s interested and short-term leaders, we are in the anthropocene – human influence on ecological conditions – and we must fulfill our duties in due course, this becomes an inalienable ethical requirement. Now we have no excuses: we already know what is happening and we can express ourselves freely thanks to digital technology. And, above all, women, marginalized until recent times, occupy progressively a very important place in decision-making processes at all levels.

It is very important to promote the re-foundation of a multilateral democratic system on a world scale.  With a strong United Nations capable of rapid and efficient action, so that we go without plutocratic groups (G7, G8, G20) established by the globalizing neoliberalism that has led to the current situation of conceptual, social and economic confusion.

Another important step is the elimination of the nuclear threat, ensuring a dignified life, through an immediate implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreements on Climate Change, so that you can live with dignity in all parts of the world. Two transitions are essential for this: moving from an economy of speculation, productive relocation and war – it is intolerable that every day 4,000 million dollars are invested in arms and military spending while thousands of people die of hunger and helplessness – to a knowledge-based economy for sustainable and humane global development.

The second transition, which must unavoidably accompany the first one, is from a culture of imposition, domination and war to a culture of encounter, conversation, conciliation, alliance and peace. The great historical inflection, from strength to speech, that would allow this new concept of security, which not only took into account that of the territories but, above all, that of those who are born, live and die in these territories.

In view of the above, it is absolutely intolerable that President Trump has announced that he will not implement the urgent measures on climate change regulation that were agreed upon in Paris in November 2015. Those agreements were the result of an intense work done, with all scientific rigor, since many years. Already in 1947, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature was created in UNESCO, followed by international programs on geology, hydrology, oceanography … And the great programmes of “The Man and the Biosphere”  and “The reserves of the biosphere ” were created … Only blinded by short-term interests can now be said to have improvised measures to ensure quality in the habitability of the Earth. Only the unusual mediatic President of the United States, Mr. Trump, could proceed in this way: youth, above all, the most affected, including President Trump’s own relatives, must react immediately, announcing that, if he does not radically modify these attitudes, we will proceed in a global reaction in social networks, not to consume products from the great American nation, which suffers so much from the inconveniences of the Republican Party.

“There is no challenge that is beyond the distinctive creative capacity of the human species,” proclaimed US President John F. Kennedy in 1963. We must invent the future. Anything that is impossible today can be a happy reality tomorrow but, as Miquel Martí i Pol wrote so wisely, “Who, if not all?”

Everyone to promote disarmament for development. Everyone to promote the transition from strength to speech. The time of silence and submission has ended.

It is essential to redefine issues that are essential for a “normal” life, such as the new concept of work, democracy, the State of “justice”, etc. In short, we must invent the future to be able to carry out the “pending evolution”. Evolution, that is, to preserve that which must be conserved, because they are the basic foundations and the reference points absolutely essential for the road map, and to change everything that must be changed. Evolution, for a different future. The one in which we dreamed and in which we have to dream again with greater perseverance still.

Young people, citizens of the world, the time of silence has ended, the time of irrelevant efforts when they are at stake. For the first time in history, essential issues for a dignified life, must give way to conscious and determined action. Dare to know and know how to dare: only then will we achieve evolution and avoid revolution.

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EARTH University endorses the Earth Charter

We congratulate the EARTH University in Guácimo, Costa Rica, for its Earth Charter endorsement. This endorsement took place in a ceremony on 22 September 2017, in the framework of the world day without cars.

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The Rector of EARTH University, Mr. Arturo Condo, and the Executive Director of the Earth Charter International, Ms. Mirian Vilela, spoke during this ceremony. Mr. Condo mentioned that with the Earth Charter “we are gaining more elements of a global language” for their actions in favor of sustainable agriculture.  EARTH University mission and projects are very aligned with the principles of the Earth Charter and have been realizing them into practice; therefore, it is important to articulate these actions with the language of global ethical principles.

EARTH University endorsement

It was a colorful ceremony, with dance and the participation of students, professors and administrative staff.  Participants were able to sign the endorsement in a tree-like poster, where each signature was in one of the leaves of the tree.

EARTH University, is an international university established in 1990, its mission seeks to “prepare leaders with ethical values to contribute to sustainable development and to construct a prosperous and just society.”

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