Tatarstan (a constituent Republic of the Russian Federation)

In 2001, following the initiative of the president of Tatarstan, the parliament of Tatarstan adopted a resolution endorsing the Earth Charter. As such Tatarstan’s government, a multi-ethnic semi-autonomous Republic, adopted the Charter and uses the document in a variety of ways. The official ceremony, held in April 2001, was followed by the international conference with participation of the Earth Charter Commissioners, Kamla Chowdry, Mirian Vilela (Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Secretariat), Earth Charter activists from Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Belorussia, as well as focal points from various countries and regions of the world.

In 2005, a beautifully illustrated coffee-table book “Earth Charter in Tatarstan” was published. The first edition was presented to the delegates in Amsterdam at the “Earth Charter +5” conference in November 2005.

In 2007, an Earth Charter meeting took place in Tatarstan, where the President, the Prime Minister, and many top officials and ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the Earth Charter. The Earth Charter Guidebook for Teachers was translated from English into Russian and Tatar and was published by the Ministry of Education of Tatarstan. It is widely used in the secondary schools of the Republic.

The Tatarstan Republic Academy of Sciences worked out an innovative historical-architectural program promoting the Charter, by which parks, monuments, natural reserves, and even highways will bear the name of the Earth Charter to raise the awareness of the wider public. In 2008, the Volga Regional Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development was inaugurated at the Tatar State University for Liberal Arts in Kazan.