Selected Institutional Endorsements

This is a list of selected organizations that have endorsed the Earth Charter:

University-for-PeaceINTERNATIONAL

The Club of Budapest
Council of the Parliament of the World’s Religions
Episcopal Church
Green Cross International
International Consortium on Religion and Ecology – ICORE
International Council of Local Governments for Sustainability – ICLEI
International Institute for Environment & Development – IIED
Inuit Circumpolar Conference – ICC
The Jane Goodall Institute
Millennium NGO Forum (a group of a 1000 NGO’s)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO
United Nations University
World Conservation Union – IUCN
Women & Environment Development Organization – WEDO
World Federation of Engineering Organizations – WFEO
WWF International

AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

African Women’s Development and Communication Network, Kenya
Arab Office for Youth and Environment, Egypt
The Government of the Republic of Niger
Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Youth Council, South Africa
The Green Belt Movement, Kenya
The Ministry of Youth, Egypt
The National Center for Youth Development, Nigeria

lilmushroomsASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Australian Centre for Environmental Law
Centre for Environment Education – CEE, India
Centre for Environment and Development Studies – CEDS, Hong Kong
Development Alternatives, India
Jordan Hashemite Fund for Human Development
Kehati, Indonesia
Leadership for Environment and Development – LEAD, Pakistan
Lenting, Indonesia
Montfort Social Institute – MSI, India
Sabah Environmental Protection Association – SEPA, Malaysia
The Senate of Australia
Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research, Sri Lanka
Wilderness Society, Australia
Women Association for Human Development, Bahrain

EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

Associaçao Portuguesa de Educaçao Ambiental – ASPEA, Portugal
Cities of Munich, Warburg, Germany
The CORE Trust, United Kingdom
Damanhur Federation, Italy
European Centre for electoral support – ECES, Belgium
The European Environmental Bureau
Foundation to Support Civil Initiatives – FSCI, Tajikistan
Fundacion Valores, Spain
Fundación Cultura de Paz, Spain
Global Ecovillage Network Europe, Spain
Green Living Movement Suomi, Finland
International Network of Educational Exchange –  INEX, Austria
IRELI Public Union, Azerbaijan
National Committee for International Cooperation – NCDO, Netherlands
National Council on Environment and Sustainable Development, Portugal
The Parliament of Tatarstan, Russian Federation
The Parliament of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, Russian Federation
The Parliament of the Republic of Kalmykia, Russian Federation
Pro-Natura, Italy
Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
Sunny Country Social Fund, Kyrgystan
Third World Academy of Sciences – TWAS, Italy

Avonwood Primary School has achieved Earth Charter status. Head Annie Dowling and Avonbourne Trust CEO Debbie Godfrey-Phaure are pictured with pupils.

NORTH AMERICA

The David Suzuki Foundation, Canada
Empowerment Works, United States
Environmental Defense, United States
The National Center for Human Rights Education, United States
National Wildlife Federation – NWF, United States
Natural Resources Defense Council – NRDC, United States
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), United States
The US Conference of Mayors
World Resources Institute, United States

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Associação Civil Alternativa Terrazul, Brazil
The Chamber of Ecotourism – CANAECO, Costa Rica
City of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Colegio de Bachilleres, Mexico
Consejo Estatal de Ecología de Michoacan, Mexico
Fundacion Mundo Sustenable, Mexico
The Governors of Hidalgo, Coahuila and Durango, Mexico
Grupo de los Cien, Mexico
Grupo Xcaret, Mexico
Instituto Paulo Freire, Brazil
Intiwasi Foundation, Ecuador
La Salle Distrito de Centroamérica, Guatemala
Lusophone Network for Environmental Education Redeluso, Brazil
Matanza-Riachuelo y Reconquista – UISCUMARR, Argentina
The Ministries of Environment in the Nations of Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico
The Ministry of Environment of Brazil
National University, Costa Rica
The Organizations in Chihuahua, Mexico
PetStar, México
The Senate of Puerto Rico
Technical National University of Costa Rica
Technological Institute of Patzcuaro, Mexico
Vitae Civilis, Brazil
University for Peace, Costa Rica

 

EXAMPLES OF ENDORSEMENT STATEMENTS

Many groups and organizations have endorsed the Earth Charter and are using it.  Endorsements build support for the Earth Charter movement and social change.  Some examples of endorsement statements are the following:

National-University-Costa-RicaThe Bahrain Women Association for Human Development endorsed the Earth Charter in 2002. The organization promoted the sustainability vision and created an Environmental Citizenship Program (ECP), which incorporates the Earth Charter in its activities. The program aims to collaborate with the Ministry of Finance to encourage them to link their actions and decisions with environmental concerns and to encourage the sense of responsibility to the earth.

The mayor of City of Sao Paulo signed a commitment to the Earth Charter in May 2009. The implementation focuses on the educational system of the city, where 16 million people live. The city aims that all schools in Sao Paulo work with the Earth Charter and support their dissemination.

In June 2013 the Costa Rican Chamber of Ecotourism (CANAECO) endorsed the Earth Charter. CANAECO aims to support the implementation of the Charter’s values and principles by promoting it actively and seeking its implementation as best as possible in the organization.

The Episcopal Church with more than two million members, endorsed the Earth Charter in July 2009. Through the commitment the Episcopal Church can contribute to an encouragement of the diocese, congregations, agencies and individuals to take action by the implementation of the Earth Charter.

Global Ecovillage Network Europe signed the agreement to support the Earth Charter. The network is an ecovillage association promoting the environmental protection and restauration of nature.

The Governors in Mexico signed an agreement which fosters actions to promote the Earth Charter especially in education institutions. The collaboration agreement involves fourteen Technical Universities located in these states. The principles of the Earth Charter will be promoted in these joint actions, in areas such as ecology, human rights, democracy and a culture of peace for an equitable human development. The governors emphasized that with this agreement, Coahuila, Durango and Hidalgo are sending a strong message to the rest of the country, where collaboration and unity are important and feasible to advance in Mexico’s development.

The Governor of the Department of Cundinamarca, Colombia, endorsed the Earth Charter in June 2012. The commitment shall contribute: “to sustainability for a better world, more just and equitable, where each person respect diverse ideas, behave with tolerance and favors the inalienable right of others to the free expression of ideas”.

Green Cross International formally endorsed the Earth Charter at its June, 2000 annual meeting in Geneva, which included representatives from its twenty-six national committees.

The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), the membership of which is made up of 350 cities, towns and counties around the world, formally endorsed the Earth Charter during its tenth anniversary World Congress in Wittenberg, Germany.  The resolution adopted by ICLEI states:  “We, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, endorse the Earth Charter.  We commit our organization to the realization of its aims.  We will seek to apply its principles in our programs, policies and other activities.”  The endorsement by ICLEI is a significant step forward in securing government support for the Earth Charter vision.

toucanIn November 2004, the IUCN World Congress adopted a Resolution WCC3.022 Endorsing the Earth Charter which recognized the Earth Charter as an ethical guide for IUCN policy and will work to implement its principles through the IUCN Intersessional Programme; Recommends that the Earth Charter be used by IUCN to help advance education and dialogue on global interdependence, shared values, and ethical principles for sustainable ways of living; and Encourages member organizations and states to examine the Earth Charter and to determine the role the Earth Charter can play as a policy guide within their own spheres of responsibility.

The Millennium NGO Forum, which brought together over 1,000 NGOs for its meeting at the UN headquarters in late May, 2000, endorsed the Earth Charter in its final report and Declaration.  In “We the Peoples Millennium Forum Declaration and Agenda for Action,” the Forum “urges governments to endorse the Earth Charter in the UN General Assembly” and “urges civil society to adopt and disseminate the Earth Charter as a tool for promotion of values and actions which will create sustainable development.”

In December 2014 PetStar Mexico, the largest PET food grade recycling plant in the world endorsed the Earth Charter. The aim of this endorsement is the dissemination of the Earth Charter among individuals, organizations and to foster the educational use of the Earth Charter in schools, universities and the museum. Furthermore, PetStar employees took part in a custom training provided by the Earth Charter Secretariat.

The Russian Association of the Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON), which includes thirty-one indigenous peoples living in Siberia and the Russian Far East, formally endorsed the Earth Charter at its tenth anniversary meeting in the spring of 2000.  In addition, the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, the Fenno-Scandinavian Saami Council, and the Danish Committee of Nature and Peoples of the North have joined RAIPON of Russia in pledging their full support of the Earth Charter.  The support of these groups representing the inhabitants of the Arctic is especially significant since their representatives were concerned with the wording of certain principles in early drafts of the Charter.  Their concerns, however, were addressed, and they are now actively engaged in promoting the document.

Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA) and several other civil society organizations from Malaysia participated in a massive event for peace and environment. The event called Green Gathering and took place in Kuantan in October 2011. More than 5,000 people attended to endorse the Earth Charter. The aim is to raise awareness and spread the vision and values of sustainability as articulated in the Earth Charter. For the organizers and supporters, the main objective was “to put Malaysia in the international stage to demand a cleaner and safer development and ensure social harmony and justice”.

forest-costa-ricaThe Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement of Sri Lanka, which is led by Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, has endorsed the Earth Charter and is actively promoting it.

The Sierra Club (United States) Board of Directors at its May, 2000 meeting, approved the following resolution, which was later approved as well by The Sierra Club of Canada’s National Board meeting on June 17, 2000:  “The Sierra Club Board, acting upon the recommendation of the International Committee, endorses The Earth Charter, recently issued by the Earth Charter Commission and recommends that Club members and entities study its interdependent principles for a sustainable way of life as a common standard by which the conduct of all individuals, organizations, businesses, governments and transnational institutions is to be guided and assessed.”

In June 2016 the Technical National University of Costa Rica endorsed the Earth Charter. The rector signed the endorsement document. The Earth Charter will be used from the Technical University “as a guide and ethical framework for decision-making, in the development plans and policies, and as an educational tool for sustainable development”.

The Third Special Assembly of the Amazonian Parliament, which was held in Lima, Peru, passed a resolution in July 2000 endorsing the Earth Charter and supporting endorsement by the United Nations General Assembly.

During its 32nd General Conference in October 2003, UNESCO adopted a resolution “recognizing the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework for sustainable development.” The resolution affirms member states’ intention “to utilize the Earth Charter as an educational instrument, particularly in the framework of the United Nations Decade for Education for Sustainable Development”.

The Council of the University for Peace, meeting in San José, Costa Rica, passed a resolution endorsing the Earth Charter, which reads:  “The Council strongly endorses the aims and the content of the Earth Charter and urges the Rector, in the development of the UPEACE program, to take these into account.”  (November 8, 2000) The University for Peace was created by the United Nations to serve as a center for research and education in support of world peace.

In June 2001 the US Conference of Mayors endorsed the Earth Charter and commits the organization to the realization of its aim. And urges its mayors and their cities to formally review and debate the Earth Charter and its relationship to its work.