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EC Congress to be held in Spain in November 2009

The Fundacion Valores, Instituto de Formacion Avanzada (Infova) and Instituto de Potencial Humano (IPH) are organizing and convening the 5th Earth Charter Congress: “Values for Life and Business” which will take place 14 and 15 November 2009 in Madrid, Spain. The purpose of the event is to create a space where participants can debate about economic challenges, and its relationship with environmental and social concerns, as well as the urgent need for responsible action from all for building a better world.

This event is focused on the essential and protagonist role the business sector needs to take in order to generate a positive transformation of society. The understanding is that this change towards a new model can only happen with the responsible, engaged and committed participation of businesses.

The event will be an opportunity to look at solutions and alternatives for global and individual changes through values and motivations that inspire individuals to take the challenge of promoting a new economic model.

The Congress will have the participation of

  • Federico Mayor Zaragoza, President of Fundación Cultura de Paz (Culture of Peace Foundation), Earth Charter Commissioner for Spain;
  • Leonardo Boff, doctor in theology and philosophy and one of the initiators of the “Theology of Liberation”; Earth Charter Commissioner for Brazil;
  • Joan Antoni Melé, Territorial Director of Triodos Bank for Cataluña and Baleares;
  • Oscar Motomura, founder and Executive President of Amana-Key, a center for excellence in administration with headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil and member of the Earth Charter International Council;
  • María Pinar Merino, writer, psychotherapist and specialist in communication techniques and group dynamics;
  • Gonzalo Martínez de Miguel, Lawyer, Master in Business Management, Director of Instituto de Formación Avanzada – INFOVA (Advanced Training Institute), a company Affiliated to Earth Charter International and specialized in training management teams, also co-director of Observatorio de Comportamiento Humano de la Empresa – OCHE (Business Observatory of Human Behavior);
  • Fidel Delgado Mateo, Clinic Psychologist, he has worked over the past 30 years educating trainers and health professionals;
  • Gustavo Bertolotto Vallés, Director of Instituto Potencial Humano – IPH (Institute for Human Potential), Economist, specialized in Industrial Psychology, Trainer and co-creator of PNL (Neurolinguistic Programming);
  • Joaquín Tamames, Lawyer, MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, and business executive.

For more information in Spanish please see the website of Fundacion Valores or click here to see the brochure of the event.

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The Third Mallorca's Social Forum was held in Palma on March 12-15, 2009

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The Earth Charter at a local level is a civil society group.  In the city of Marratxí with 33.000 inhabitants disseminated within numerous towns near Palma, capital of the island, there is an association called “Gent de Marratxí”.  Their central purpose is to promote and exert citizens’ active participation in the life of the community.  Their motto is “Another world is possible, another Marratxí too.  Think globally, act locally”.  Their Internet page offers the Earth Charter (complete version and children’s version) as a base of reflection and action at:

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Seminario de Formación del Profesorado sobre Carta de la Tierra en España

La asociación Iniciativas Sostenibles, con la colaboración de ASPEA (Asociación Portuguesa de Educación Ambiental), el STEs (Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Enseñanza), el MCEP (Movimiento Cooperativo de Escuela Popular), la Fundación Valores y la financiación de la Obra Social de Caja España, desarrolló un proyecto encaminado a la promoción de la Carta de la Tierra como herramienta educativa en el aula.

El proyecto consistió en la realización de un Seminario de Formación para el Profesorado el 21 de junio de 2008, en el albergue “La Canaleja” del municipio de Palomares, Salamanca, de 11:00 am a 19:30pm. En este encuentro se aportaron herramientas y materiales didácticos para trabajar la Carta de la Tierra en el aula. En él participaron tanto los profesores y profesoras de primaria y el primer ciclo de secundaria, como entidades que trabajan la educación ambiental en el ámbito formal.

Durante el próximo curso, los profesores y profesoras que quieran trabajar la Carta de la Tierra en su aula, podrán participar a finales del primer trimestre en el II Foro infantil sobre Carta de la Tierra, en el que se pondrán en común las experiencias y materiales realizados en los colegios participantes.

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Earth Charter Guide for Primary Schools Published in Spain

The Earth Charter and Sustainability Guide for Primary Education (Guía de la Carta de la Tierra y el Desarrollo Sostenible para Educación Primaria) was elaborated in 2007 by Fundación Valores, one of our Affiliates in Spain, in collaboration with Antonio Cortés and Cristina Tapias. The book is based on the Earth Charter and illustrated by Diego and José Luis del Río Carrillo. The Council of Industry, Energy and Environment of the Board of Extremadura (La Consejería de Industria, Energía y Medio Ambiente de la Junta de Extremadura) sponsored an initial 1,000 copies for distribution in local schools.

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People from different sectors joined in Madrid to share Earth Charter experiences and structure an Iberian network

The First Iberian Earth Charter Meeting for Sustainable Development was successfully organized and sponsored by Fundación Valores in Spain and ASPEA in Portugal, both Earth Charter Affiliates in those countries. The meeting was held in Madrid 17-18 November 2007.


The goals of the meeting were to share experiences and take advantage of resources in common, develop strategies and objectives for the execution of plans of different community projects and to build an online network to be known as Iberian Earth Charter Network for Sustainable Development, which will serve as a space to share the development of all ongoing projects in the region.



With this in mind, four simultaneous groups on Society, Environment, Business and Education were formed to discuss these issues, of which the education group was the largest one with more than 100 people.


At the end of each day a professor from Lleida University and several of his students shared and had people participating in the activities developed by the ongoing project “Carta de la Tierra en Acción Motriz”. A beautiful experience of movement and values together!


More than 200 people attended the meeting and the Mr. Pérez Iriarte, Director General on Education, Professional Formation and Educational Innovation of the Ministry of Education and Science in Spain was present, as well as Mr. Mateo Castillo, member of Earth Charter International Council, Ms. María Novo from UNESCO and Special Advisor to the Earth Charter International, as well as several people from Brazil and Portugal, among others.

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The First Iberian Earth Charter Meeting for Sustainable Development to take place in Madrid – Spain/ Portugal

The “First Iberian Earth Charter Meeting for Sustainable Development”, coorganized by Fundación Valores and ASPEA (Portuguese Association of Environment Education), Earth Charter Affiliates in Spain in Portugal, will take place in Madrid on 17-18 November 2007. The idea emerged from the Third Extraordinary Congress of Projects and Utopias for a Better World, organized by Fundación Valores and inspired on the Earth Charter. This event was celebrated in Madrid last June.


The increasing number of ongoing Earth Charter and DESD projects and individual initiatives, as well as the interest shown during the abovementioned event for the creation of new proposals under the phrase “A New World is Possible”, made us think about and made possible this first peninsular event (Spain and Portugal together).


The invitation was circulated to Sustainable Development actors on education, society, environment and economy-business, either from a concrete experience or from an interest of building new initiatives within the frame of the Earth Charter for Sustainable Development.


The objective of the meeting is to share experiences, elaborate action plans and concretize the creation of a Network to work towards Sustainable Development called Earth Charter Iberian Network (La Red Ibérica de la Carta de la Tierra).


The subscription to the activity is free and can be formalized through the e-mail: infoATfundacionvaloresDOTes, by phone at +0054 91 872 55 96 or via fax at +0054 91 871 90 58.

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Earth Charter inspires hope and action at Fourth Congress of the Valencian School Federation

The Fourth Congress of the Escola Valenciana Federation took place in Valencia from December 5-8, 2006, on the theme of “The Valencian School and a Sustainable Society.” Participants sought to share experiences and pedagogical strategies to educate and galvanize the school community, as well as the society in general, in favor of a sustainable and peaceful Valencian Country and world. The final resolutions adopted by the Congress reaffirmed “the commitment for the reflection-action didactic principles — education in favor of the defense and respect towards the environment, coexistence, interculturality, solidarity and peace.”


The Escola Valenciana Federation, one of the most active civil society organizations of the Valencian Country, holds the Congress every four years. Participants include the Federation’s network of more than 100 educational centers, whose membership includes educators’ associations as well as other citizens committed to the Federation’s goals: affirmation of the importance of the Valencian language and historic ties of the Valencian people to their territory.


Following the principle of “think globally, act locally,” the Earth Charter provided a framework of political and educational action fundamental to the development of the Federation’s 2006 Congress, as well as the resolutions that came out of the meeting.


Each spring, the Federation, through its member associations, organizes 16 to 18 local school gatherings throughout the region in which more that 200,000 people participate. These festivities include workshops, games and more in collaboration with parents, who also accompany their sons and daughters to the Congress. The Congress itself is held in one of the towns of the region; municipalities are usually actively involved.


In 2006, 17 meetings were held prior to the Congress centering on efforts in the defense of the environment and the dissemination of the Earth Charter. The Federation printed 20,000 Earth Charter brochures in the Valencian language in advance of the meetings, and sent them to all schools of the Valencian Country. The Federation also promoted the Escola Valenciana’s sustainable society manifesto during the pre-Congress period, as well as the Green Book of the Valencian Territory, a systematic examination of the region’s environmental issues such as natural resources, biodiversity, economy and environment, and the sustainability challenges presented by increased urbanization.


Over 300 people attended the 2006 Congress, held on the campus of Universidad Politecnica de Valencia. 40 conferences and 23 presentations were given on the work of Valencian Country schools. Numerous schools presented murals their Earth Charter activites, ranging from environment and ecology, to social and economic justice, democracy, non-violence and peace. Abelardo Brenes, Earth Charter International Advisor, made a presentation on fundamental Earth Charter principles and their educational uses as a frame of reference for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Guillem Ramis, Earth Charter Affiliate at the Balearic Islands, shared his experience using the Earth Charter as educational tool in primary schools. Maria Benavent and Antonio Esquinas oversaw the exhibition of diverse educational resources for working with the Charter.


Several meetings featured independent student projects, and explored how to incorporate them into the spring school gatherings. Some of these had all the Earth Charter principles displayed; others worked on a global scale; and some focused on themes that reflected their own worries and hopes. Some made murals, and others gave presentations. In “adoption actions,” groups selectged specific subjects for exploration and problem-solving in the spheres of environmental, social, economic and democratic participation.


Many educational centers chose aims inspired by the Earth Charter to develop projects with students and parents, such as recycling, alternative energy sources, creating vegetable gardens in school patios, construction of containers to separate materials, and the conservation of plants and natural settings.


The congress ended with the proclamation of a resolutions document, as well as a Decalogue for Environmentally Sustainable Educational Centers. The Congress and its resolutions received ample media coverage.


One of the most significant resolutions calls for the Valencian Government to promote education for sustainability based on Valencian culture amongst its citizens, as well as the creation of a Valencian Sustainability Council.


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The Earth Charter at the Valencian School Congress


The Valencian School is organizing a remarkable conference on sustainable development—and the Earth Charter will be a central focus there. Entitled “Escuela Valenciana y Sociedad Sostenible” (The Valencian School and Sustainable Society), it will take place from December 6th to 8th, 2006, in Valencia, Spain.


Because of the Congress, the Valencian School Federation has printed a special edition of the Earth Charter in the Valencian language, as well as a calendar based on its principles.


The objective of the congress is to look at the school’s role within the present development model, to bring a future perspective, and to support sustainable development and environment in Valencian schools.


The Valencian School celebrates its Congress every fourth year, and hundreds of participants debate current affairs that affect society and education. The last congress gathered more than 700 people. The upcoming Congress will be the fourth, and sustainability will be the main topic. Several pre-congresses will be held in different places of Valencia beginning in October, to prepare for the main Congress in December.


The Valencian School itself is a federation of 21 civic associations for the language and culture. UNESCOC at is part of the organizing committee.


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