Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics

A 10-week online training for emerging young leaders


17 April – 27 June 2016



About this Programme

This training programme seeks to prepare you with the skills and knowledge to be a sustainability leader and implement Earth Charter-inspired action projects in your community, contributing towards a more sustainable and peaceful world.


The Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics programme has been established in direct recognition of Principles 12c and 14a of the Earth Charter, namely to:

  • honor and support the young people of our communities, enabling them to fulfill their essential role in creating sustainable societies, and
  • to provide all, especially children and youth, with educational opportunities that empower them to contribute actively to sustainable development.

Expected Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will have:

  • Strengthened your knowledge and skills and reflected on values necessary for sustainability leadership.
  • Deepened and expanded your consciousness as you examine your role in contributing to the common good.
  • Engaged with inspiring, like-minded individuals committed to implementing sustainability values in their communities.
  • Extended your network of practitioners and professionals from different backgrounds who are implementing sustainability leadership and ethics-based decision-making.
  • Equipped yourself with insights and practical tools about leadership, sustainability and ethics in relation to the Earth Charter, which you can apply in your communities immediately.
  • Received an Earth Charter International certificate as recognition of your “Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics” training and an invitation to continue working within the Earth Charter Youth Network in a leadership role.
  • Developed the confidence and courage that allows your voice to be heard and to explore your larger role as a leader.


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This programme is designed for 25 aspiring young leaders who are implementing the Earth Charter vision for a more sustainable, peaceful, and just world. Participants will be between the ages of 18-30 and able to read, write and speak in fluent English.


By taking part in this 10-week programme, you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and experience of:

  • Leadership and ethics as well as its dilemmas
  • The vision of sustainability
  • The Earth Charter principles
  • Ecoliteracy
  • Systems thinking
  • Designing and facilitating a workshop to support an action project in your own community


Sarah Dobson ECI Youth CoordinatorSarah Dobson, the Earth Charter Youth Coordinator, is a peacebuilding scholar and activist. She has worked as a teacher and facilitator in the US, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica and has designed and implemented workshops in areas including conflict transformation, cultures of peace, gender and peacebuilding, and the Earth Charter. In 2011, Sarah co-founded and managed The Peace Project, an educational and environmental youth organization in Nicaragua. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding from the University for Peace. Sarah is from the United States.


Lesley-Jane Davies works with Sarah as a Youth Education Co-ordinator at the Earth Charter and is completing an MA in Peace Education at the University for Peace. She is originally from England but has lived in New Zealand since 1990 where she co-founded a not-for-profit to promote and support the expansion of Montessori education in her hometown of Auckland. Montessori education is a topic close to her heart because of its respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice and a culture of peace. Lesley-Jane holds a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages and Linguistics from Salford University, England and a post-graduate Diploma in Business from Auckland University, New Zealand.



The programme fee is US$50 for participants from the Global South and $100 for participants from the Global North. Thanks to ECI Affiliate CEDS, five full scholarships are available for those who could not participate otherwise. Those wishing to apply for a scholarship may indicate their desire and circumstances in the general application.

Applications are open until 11 March 2016. Participants will be notified by 1 April if they are among the 25 young people who have been selected to participate, at which time payment is requested in full to confirm their place.


Write to us at: youtheducationcoordinator@upeace.org or youthcoordinator@earthcharter.org.