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Conference: “The Earth Charter and Sustainable Development in Tajikistan”

Inspired by the principles of the Earth Charter, an international conference on “The Earth Charter and Sustainable Development in Tajikistan” took place on 22-23 April 2011 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, commemorating the 22nd as Earth Day. The conference was organized by the Foundation to Support Civil Initiatives (FSCI, Dastgirie-Center), a public organization of the Republic of Tajikistan. The UNESCO National Commission of the Republic of Tajikistan also provided considerable assistance and financial support for the conference. The aim of the conference was to highlight the role of the Earth Charter principles in Tajikistan, and to come to agreements on how to move forward with putting those principles into practice. Among the participants at the conference were members of state departments and agencies, national and international experts on the issues of sustainable development and environmental protection, scholars, university faculty and students, other NGOs, international and mass media organizations, and a number of international guests from Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Furthermore, the conference was also aired that day on Tajik television.

The following people kicked off the conference and greeted the participants:

  • K. Olimov, Chair of the UNESCO National Commission of the Republic of Tajikistan;
  • A. Tursunov, academician, Academy of Science of the Republic of Tajikistan, Director of the Institute of Language, Literature, Oriental Studies and Written Heritage;
  • M. Babadjanova, Director of the Tajik Branch of the Regional Ecological Centre of Central Asia.

The opening report, “Earth Charter – International Document of the UN: Phases of development and implementation + video clip on the Earth Charter”, was presented by M. Burkhanova, the Chair of the Foundation to Support Civil Initiatives (FSCI, Dastgirie-Center) and National Coordinator of the Earth Chapter in Tajikistan.

Special emphasis was given to ways in which the implementation of principles for sustainable development can be undertaken in Tajikistan, as reflected in short- and long-term national and international documents and processes such as poverty reduction strategy papers, the UN Millennium Development Goals and the RIO+20 Conference.

Climate change and the implementation of the Earth Charter principles on environmental protection were also highlighted in the analytical reports of the leading national experts.

Inspired by the principles of the Earth Charter, the creation of a culture of peace and nonviolence was also highlighted in the conference. Well-known national and international leading scientists of the Academy of Sciences focused their presentations on the topic of creating a culture of peace, including one on “From rationale mind to wisdom: The evolution of ecology” and another discussing “Islam: The ecology of the soul”.

As a result of the conference, a resolution was developed that will be submitted to the Parliament of Tajikistan, the Environmental Protection Committee, the Office of the President of Tajikistan, and other interested organizations. A collection of reports from the conference “The Earth Charter and Sustainable Development in Tajikistan” will be widely distributed to organizations and NGOs, as well as being available on the FSCI website ( The reports will be dedicated to the memory of Marina Bakhnova, Earth Charter Coordinator for Eastern Europe and the NIS who passed away recently.

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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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Youth Group in Ukraine promotes the Earth Charter

Earth Charter Youth Group coordinator Anya Mihailova wrote us this update on the Ukrainian ECYG‘s actions. Thank you Anya for all the work you have done for the Earth Charter!

Best Regards,
Jaana Laitinen
Earth Charter International Youth Coordinator


“On the 15th of May 2010 the Earth Charter
Youth Group in Ukraine had a discussion
club with students, adults and foreigners in Lugansk, Ukraine, at the National Regional Library named after Gorky. The topics of the discussion and represented ideas were Education in Ukraine, Earth Charter Initiative, Activities and 1GOAL.

ECYG in Ukraine printed materials for the discussion club and schools to spread around. We discussed about the education and planned activities in those areas in which people were most interested. We took a picture together and all of us signed the Education for All – 1GOAL campaign.

We also distributed the principles of the Earth Charter and other EC related materials. The most interesting and useful thing for students was the Earth Charter Youth Toolkit, where they found many new and inspiring ways of participation and creative ideas.

Soon, in our next meetings we will be having
an Earth Charter presentation among students
and school children, and we will also distribute

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Welcome new Earth Charter Youth / Student Groups!

Earth Charter, 12.c.
“Honor and support the young people of our communities, enabling them to fulfill their essential role in creating sustainable societies.”


I am glad to inform that 12 new Earth Charter Youth / Student Groups have been started! These groups have decided to ally with the Earth Charter Initiative to promote sustainable ways of living in their communities.

Please, join me in welcoming the following groups to the Earth Charter youth network:

Better World Cameroon Earth Charter Youth Group

ECYG de leut’s environment

ECYG For Sustainability and Peace Ghana


Students for Global Sustainability – University of Nairobi (SfGS-UoN)

ECYG Youth Vision Alliance Network

Earth Charter Youth Group Get Organized for Change

ECYG Fresh & Young Brains Development

ECYG Abuja

ECYG Somalia

Africa Intercultural Development Support Trust [AIDEST], an – All Africa Sustainable Development Organization

Earth Charter Ukraine for Education for All


As an example for other groups, I want to share with you an email that I received from Herman J.B. Kizito, a youth group coordinator of the newest Ugandan Earth Charter Youth Group. This email shows a great example on how a new Earth Charter group can start their actions:

“We have begun a series of strategic and promotional / awareness actions and outreach campaigns involving:

  • Primary and Elementary Schools Outreach programmes discussing the Earth Charter concepts, opportunities and needs to get connected. These schools range with enrollment capacities of 150 children to 2000 and more, ages 6 years to 14 years old; boys and girls. Some of these schools have expressed their interests to promote their goals worldwide under the AECON banners. Uganda has over 2000 primary schools be it Public or Private or Faith-Based, yet, already AECON has access to 300 of these in all regions of the country. Our assessments of their individuals show that most would like to start School Environmental Clubs, School gardens, Exchange visits as well as Waste Recycling Project, but they lack funds, let alone Educational materials.
  • Community Green Enterprises Programme has been started, we are planting trees, collecting and recycling garbage.
  • Networking is on; we are interacting with other Stakeholders.
  • Forwarding Earth Charter internet contacts to others; we are already passing on the Earth Charter information to many for direct contacts, asking that they do the same.”

More free / low-cost ideas can be found here.

If you are interested in joining the Earth Charter youth network, check out through this link what can you do to work for more sustainable future!

Welcome to the Earth Charter youth network,
Jaana Laitinen
Earth Charter International Youth Facilitator

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Interns from a Finnish University

Earth Charter International is grateful to have three full-time interns, Samira, Veronika and Volodymyr. Samira and Volodymyr are from the Finnish University of Jyväskylä and conducting for 6 months long internships whereas Veronika is going to spend a year in Costa Rica. All interns are doing highly valuable work, such as translations, collecting Earth Charter stories for EC +10 reports and Annual Reports.

Samira Aghabayova
Samira is from Azerbaijan. She has been living in Finland for the past two years, before this she spent one year doing European Voluntary Service. Currently she is a student in the Master’s Programme in Development and International Cooperation at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, majoring in education. As part of her Master’s programme she is doing an internship at the Earth Charter Center for Sustainable Development. Her background and interest in education for sustainable development, combined with her language skills and desire to become part of the Earth Charter network, inspired her to join this community. She is certain that the opportunity of working at the Earth Charter will give her essential practical experience.

Volodymyr Motyrov
Volodymyr of Ukraine is a Master’s degree student in Intercultural Communication at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. For a long time he has been interested in learning about different cultures and the variety of ways in which peoples of the Earth interact with each other. He has a keen interest in child rights, education for sustainable development, special needs education, and sustainable development. He did an internship in UNICEF at the Department of Child Rights Education in 2008. Later, he went to a summer school in Sustainable Development: “Youth Encounter on Sustainability” and during his last academic semester did a study exchange at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he followed courses in special needs education.

Veronika Georgieva
Veronika holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from Mari State Technical University in Russia, and she has lived and worked in Russia, Europe and now in Central America. Veronika is currently doing a one-year internship in the Earth Charter International Secretariat. Since her internship started, Veronika became passionate about Sustainable Development and environmental issues. Also Veronika came to ECI Secretariat from Finland where she was working for a year before moving to Costa Rica.

The work of interns is very important for the small secretariat and we are happy to continue receiving master’s students from the University of Jyväskylä. Two new inters will start in March when Samira and Volodymyr will finish their duties with the ECI secretariat.

Thank you, kiitos, Samira, Veronika and Volodymyr!

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