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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 gatherings in Tajikistan

In the end of February 2010 the Earth Charter Affiliate in

Tajikistan Dr.

Muazama Burkanova, Chair of the Foundation for Civil Society Initiatives, held a series of meetings-seminars on Earth Charter values and their role in building up a road to a sustainable ways of living with student groups from several universities in Dushanbe (Tajik capital).

 

Most of these students are activists of various youth organisations, who work as volunteer instructors for civil society initiatives, and also organise extra-curriculum activities for Tajik students of primary and secondary schools.

 

Muazama informed the volunteers about the Foundation’s efforts to promote Earth Charter values into education. Participants of this meeting learnt about the Foundation for Civil Society Initiatives and its active role in the Tajik public life  from their friends who had participated in the Summer School 2009, where Muazama led a series of Earth Charter training sessions, meetings and activities.

 

The volunteers expressed their intention to establish a new Earth Charter youth group in Tajikistan in the near future.

 

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First Earth Charter pilot lesson in Tajikistan

 Dr. Muazama Burkhanova, Chairperson of the Foundation for Support for Civil Society Initiatives reported that on January 24th the first Earth Charter pilot lesson was held in the 8th grade of Dushanbe secondary school N1. Some 40 plus students, mostly Tajiks, met with Earth Charter representatives, who brought with them Earth Charter posters and brochures with the Earth Charter text, translated and published by their Foundation earlier this year. The students and the teachers were very excited about the lesson. The teachers of this and other Dushanbe schools had previously received and studied the Earth Charter Guidebook for Teachers, which they had translated into Tajik and published for teachers’ training and use.

 

 

The most difficult task for Dr. Burkhanova was to find simple, strong and emotionally charged words to tell the students about the inspiring vision of the Earth Charter, its meaning for us as human beings and a part of the greater community of life, convey to them the sense of urgency and our moral duty to Earth and to other beings, and live its values every day of our lives.

However, her fears were groundless: the students were very susceptible to the beautiful and inspiring text, and by their insistence the school Principle had to double the duration of the lesson by adding another hour.

 

Besides the Guidebook, brochures and the posters the Earth Charter video and the DVD produced by our colleague, the Earth Charter Affiliate Dr. Vladimir Zakharov, were also used . Mr. Zakharov is the President of the Russian Center for Environmental Policy and Culture and the Head of the Environmental Commission of the Russian Public Chamber.

 

According to the agreement between our Foundation and the Ministry of Education of Tajikistan, they plan to have 16 Earth Charter lessons, one per week, with one Earth Charter principle at a time. Student’s literary compositions, art work, scientific projects in biology, geography, social sciences and foreign languages are the expected results of our efforts.

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