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Assouan Gbesso’s Earth Charter Youth Story From Togo

Meet Assouan Gbesso from Togo! Assouan was an active Earth Charter Young Leader from 2003-2009 engaging youth with the Earth Charter in Togo. He now works as a Program Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Republic of Congo and is currently in the Doctoral Program at the University for Peace focusing on Peace Education Encountering Youth Radicalization in Mali. Watch his featured story below!

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Earth Charter Workshop in Togo

3. Build democratic societies that are just, participatory, sustainable, and peaceful.

Thank you Mensa TSEDZE Kwami, EC online course participant, for taking the initiative to organize this event and writing this article!


On March 22nd 2011a Togolese organization ASTERADHD, Togolese Association for the Study of Research and Development Support Sustainable Human, organized an event for environmental activists in the region. Youth from environmental clubs from local schools and colleges gatherer together with professionals and volunteers of environment field, members of QCD (district development committee) and traditional authorities.
The event was organized in Kpalime, 120 km northwest of the capital Lome. In this event ASTERADHD conducted an survey on the Earth Charter.

This survey was completed by 349 people. The results show that  291 participants did not know the Earth Charter before, 33 think they have heard but do not know exactly what it represents, and 23 had some sort of an idea.

After realizing how little knowledge the participants had on the Earth Charter, Mensa TSEDZE Kwami and his colleagues gave a presentation the Earth Charter; on the history, structure, mission, objectives, values, its actions, the Charter itself… The audience seemed to be very happy with the information
and agreed on a need to have local activities.

Also Komla AKAKPO, chief organizer of the celebration, stated the necessity to create a strong partnership between the community and ECI secretariat. He also stressed the need for change in attitudes in everyone’s own lifestyles and emphasized the role of the principles of Earth Charter to ensure peace and sustainable development.

The event lasted for 3,5 hours and the participants went home with one thing in mind: THE EARTH CHARTER.

In May 2011 Mensa TSEDZE Kwami  started an Earth Charter Youth Group in this community.

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Special Projects Fund Activity Reports

In October 2008 Earth Charter International called for applications for our Special Projects Fund, generously funded by Plan Netherlands. The Vision for the Fund is that Earth Charter Youth Groups organize events that engage youth and promote dialogue and action for a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.

We received 16 high quality project proposals from Earth Charter Youth Groups all around the world and after a careful selection, decided to fund the following 6 youth groups:

Congo – ECYG AZUR Development

Togo – Togolese Foundation for Peace

Belarus – ECYG Youth International Club “NEWLINE”

Peru – Asociacion Peruana de Escultismo

Canada – Cowichan Intercultural Society Youth Projects

Nigeria – ECYG Calabar

Now you can read their activity reports online and leave your comments for the specific projects!

Thank you for the great work done!

Earth Charter Youth Group activity in Togo.

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