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Postponed- Earth Charter+20 Romania

This international forum will involve 200 participants. International speakers, representatives from the Earth Charter Global Initiative, ECI Affiliates, members of Rotary International (Europe), national and local government representatives from Romania, university and school representatives from Romania.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been postponed until further notice.

Introduction and context

Throughout history, different worldviews have guided human behavior and decisions in different ways and contexts; much of it has generated separation and conflict between people and nations. It has also generated indifference regarding the well-being of communities that do not belong to what is perceived as our “inner circle.”

The current global challenges humanity faces, require collaboration across cultures, nations, and areas of knowledge, this can present tensions of values and interests that underline people’s worldviews. In this context, humanity at a crossroads that requires a deep understanding of the fact that “Life often involves tensions between important values. This can mean difficult choices. However, we must find ways to harmonize diversity with unity, the exercise of freedom with the common good, short-term objectives with long-term goals.” (Earth Charter, The Way Forward)

This presents important questions that require space to reflect on: What generate our worldviews? What influences our mindsets? How can we expand our sense of responsibility and care with communities beyond our closest “borders?” How can we emphasize the possibility and importance of the co-existence of unity and diversity and of shared responsibility to care and respect the well-being of the large community of life?

The Earth Charter states, “As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.” (The Earth Charter Preamble)

The year 2020 marks the 20th anniversary since the official launch of the Earth Charter. It is an opportunity to re-think the relevance of the Earth Charter to current times and to further engage, and empower individuals and groups to contribute to the process of social transformation towards a more just, peaceful and sustainable world through the lenses of the Earth Charter. 2020 also marks 5 years since the launch of the SDGs. It is important to offer spaces to clarify the synergies between the Earth Charter and the SDGs to move forward to the next phase.

Objectives

  1. Promote inclusive dialogue and understanding of:
    • current worldviews and values.
    • the importance of unity, diversity and shared human responsibility.
    • the essence of the Earth Charter and its relevance to current times.
    • the linkages and synergies between the Earth Charter and the SDGs.
  2. Offer a platform to exchange knowledge and experiences in applying the Earth Charter.
  3. Forge partnerships and collaboration towards the Earth Charter in Action 2020 – 2030.
  4. Provide opportunities to Young Leaders to share and contribute to the global Earth Charter Initiative (The Way Forward 2020 -2030).

Participants

This international forum will involve 200 participants. International speakers, representatives from the Earth Charter Global Initiative, ECI Affiliates, members of Rotary International (Europe), national and local government representatives from Romania, university and school representatives from Romania.

Registration Dates and Fees

Open call for registration will start on 15 January 2020.

Registration will close on 15 August 2020.

Fee

Early bird registration for the first 100 registrations confirmed by 15 April: 100 Euro

Registration fee after 16 April: 250 Euro

Registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunches, and dinners during the conference.