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Earth Charter and Earth Charter Cities in Malta

earth-charter-cities-gerben-van-straaten-malta-nov-2015 CEO Gerben van Straaten of World of Walas presents the Earth Charter From November 12 – 14, 2015, an assembly of important conferences on Malta brought together a diverse group of people to deliberate their common futures. The world’s large immigration issues, the future of climate and the earth, and a desired reset of the ways we do business and govern our planet were important themes. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Climate Conference in Paris provided focus to the conference.

At the nexus of sustainability, business, and education, Gerben van Straaten, the CEO of the World of Walas, presented the Earth Charter and the Earth Charter Cities program at the 29th Annual Businet Conference. His keynote addressed how the Earth Charter guides us towards more sustainable and more ethical business practices, with a focus on the importance of improving the way we develop and operate our cities.

Earth Charter International and the Walas Group are collaborating on Earth Charter Cities to raise awareness for a more sustainable approach for our cities. The Earth Charter Cities program works with certification systems, cities, communities, colleges and universities, and companies to bring the global vision of the Earth Charter to cities around the world, based on their local needs. Working with ECI, Gerben and the World of Walas will launch the Earth Charter Cities program in 2016.

We would be delighted to work with the larger Earth Charter network on this and invite you all to be in touch if you are interested in working with us or learning more. For more information, please contact us at:

To read the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto, click here:

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Earth Charter youth network wants to expand in Europe!

An example of an European Earth Charter effort:

In March 2011 the Earth Charter International along with the Earth Charter Youth Team organizes a one-day online conference to inform the European youth organizations and individual activists on the Earth Charter and its usefulness as an educational instrument when building a more just, sustainable and peaceful world.

So far some 100 organizations have joined the Earth Charter youth network from Europe and Central Asia. In addition, there are 16 official Earth Charter Youth and Student Groups (ECYG) in 16 European and Central Asian countries.

ECYGs are action-oriented societies, networks, or organizations that bring alive the vision of the Earth Charter in the local and/or national communities. The youth study the declaration, get inspired by it and then organize small action projects on sustainability.

Youth in Europe promote the Earth Charter by

  • organizing events where they present the declaration
  • translating the document
  • informing other organizations on it
  • training people on sustainable development and ways of living.

National Earth Charter Websites in Europe and CA:

Finland | Germany | Greece | Italy | Latvia Norway | Russia |

From the related articles below, one can see some examples of the European Earth Charter youth activism.

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Earth Charter presented in Mediterranean youth seminar

14. Integrate into formal education and life-long learning the knowledge, values, and skills needed for a sustainable way of life.

a. Provide all, especially children and youth, with educational opportunities that empower them to contribute actively to sustainable development.

Mr. Melhem Mansour, e-GLO 2 alumni from Syria, presented the Earth Charter in Our White Sea II: Networking for Sustainable Development -seminar. This was organized in Malta, October 27-31, 2010, for youth NGOs across Europe and Mediterranean countries and hosted by the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Platform. The seminar focused on the role of young people and youth organizations in the sphere of sustainable development.

The participants came from different countries in the Mediterranean region: Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Malta and Tunisia. In addition UK was represented.

Mr. Mansour contributed to this seminar by writing an article to be published in the annual Euro-Med Youth Platform Magazine. This article discussed the importance of investment in youth potentials towards sustainable development.

In addition to that, Mr. Mansour presented The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) and the role of non-formal education and the Earth Charter in this youth seminar.  He specifically emphasized the link between the Earth Charter and education for sustainable development.

Mr. Mansour was also able to inform the participants about the youth opportunities within the Earth Charter youth network, such as e-GLO. One of the seminar participants from Egypt, Mirette Bahgat, had taken part in the Earth Charter International’s short course on Youth Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics and she was able to go through the EC website and explain to the workshop what resources and information is available regarding the ESD and Earth Charter.

“We need to take every opportunity to promote the Earth Charter” says Mr. Mansour, and adds that “even if we are doing this task voluntarily, and have to take some days off from our work, we do it because we believe in the Earth Charter and feel responsible to spread the word on it. The Earth Charter is our mission!”

Mr. Mansour is the first person promoting the Earth Charter in Syria and thanks to him, now many NGOs are interested to learn about it, such as MASAR and Syrian Entrepreneurs Association.

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