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Reflections as the New Earth Charter Youth Projects Coordinator

By: Christine Lacayo

My first month of work ends and I’m excited to share some of my reflections!

As the Earth Charter Youth Projects ChristineECCoordinator, my main responsibility is to motivate, guide, and engage young people to create a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. What is the best way to do this? I think the beauty of this position is the flexibility and creativity the job requires. I have the ability to incorporate my passions and interests to expand and create new opportunities and stories. I’m excited to bring my passion for visual media and writing to collect all Earth Charter Youth actions and stories that are taking place around the world. As an ocean advocate, I would also like to continue sensitizing my community members on the importance of taking care of our ocean ecosystems!

Some of the main projects I’m focusing on now include promoting our app Mapting, used to take pictures of actions related the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have our next photo competition to celebrate International Day for Biological Diversity starting from 12-22 May.Mapting_FB_AD

I’m also facilitating our next online training programme for youth, Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics (LSE) starting 19 June. This 10-week course is designed to prepare and empower young people with the skills and knowledge to be effective ethical sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects.

One of my favorite roles of my job is having a group of Earth Charter Young Leaders, those who have completed the LSE course, from all over the world. These leaders are from countries such as St. Lucia, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Japan, Netherlands, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Rwanda, and Spain, just to name a few! My responsibility is to support them along their year commitment as an Earth Charter Young Leader implementing activities and workshops in their community.

I’m also diving into the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Leadership Training Programme created by esd-training-flierEarth Charter International for the UNESCO Global Action Program (GAP) on ESD focusing on priority area number 4: empowering and mobilizing youth. The training is designed for young people from 18-35 who are active leaders in sustainable development in their communities.  At the beginning of July, I will be co-facilitating the training programme in Brasilia, Brazil for selected young leaders from across Latin America!

I’m very excited to start this dynamic new job not to mention the stunning nature views and sounds from my office! I’m happy to be back in the country I grew up visiting as my second home while promoting a more peaceful and sustainable world using the skills and knowledge I’ve gained from my studies and experiences!IMG_0032




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Judge C.G Weeramantry's memoirs

The well renowned Judge C.G.  Weeramantry from Sri Lanka has recently published his memoir, in which he included words of the Earth Charter Preamble in its first pages.  The launch took place on November 24, 2010 in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankabhimanya Christopher Gregory Weeramantry (born 17 November 1926 in Colombo, Sri Lanka) was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka from 1967 to 1972. He was a Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) from 1991 to 2000, and was Vice-President of the ICJ from 1997 to 2000. He presided in his capacity as Vice-President of the ICJ over several important cases before the Court, including a case on the illegality of the use and threatened use of nuclear weapons. Judge Weeramantry serves on the Legal and Human Rights Advisory Board of the Genetics Policy Institute. He is currently Emeritus Professor at Monash University, having previously served as Sir Hayden Starke’s Chair of Law from 1972 to 1991. Furthermore he is the president of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. In addition C.G. Weeramantry is a councillor of the World Future Council. 

This will be a limited edition of the first of two volumes which discusses the Sri Lankan years and the second will deal with the international years.

As a very respected citizen of Sri Lanka, this launch was an important event in Sri Lanka and also, therefore this was closely followed by the press, find here two articles:

1) Judge C. G. Weeramantry’s Memoirs. Towards One World: The Sri Lankan Years .  Island

2)  An impossibly distinguished gentleman.   Sunday Times

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Public endorsement to the Earth Charter in Sri Lanka

The Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research has embraced the Earth Charter and is using it as part of its activities. During the Training for Trusteeship 2010 workshop they organized this year, which is a multi-disciplinary forum and brings together young leaders from various backgrounds,  the Earth Charter was presented and discussed, as a result the Earth Charter was endorsed by ninety-six people from Sri Lanka.

Amongst those who endorsed include Judge C.G. Weeramantry, Founder, WICPER and Former Vice-President, International Court Justice, The Hague, Mr. G.E. Chitty, Former UN Assistant Secretary General, First Registrar of the UN Tribunal for the Law of Sea, Hamburg and Member, Board of Trustees, WICPER, Professor Lakshman Guruswamy, Director & Nicholas Doman Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School, USA and Member, Board of Advisors WICPER, Mr. R.P. Perera, Secretary General, UNESCO Sri Lanka, Dr. Ranjith Mahindapala, Country Representative IUCN Sri Lanka and Neshan Gunasekera, Attorney at Law, Director Training for Trusteeship Workshops, South Asia Office of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA).

Find here a full report of this endorsement and the names of the endorsees.

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New ECI Affiliate from Sri Lanka

ECI Secretariat is happy to announce that Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research (WICPER), from Sri Lanka, is now an ECI Affiliate.  Both parties signed the MoU on August 30th 2010, this agreement gives support to the numerous of possibilities for collaboration.

WICPER has already started to use the Earth Charter in one of their renowned courses called:  Training for Trusteeship.

Find more information about WICPER at their website:

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