After nearly a decade of consultation and a drafting process, The Earth Charter was launched on 29 June 2000 in a special ceremony at the Peace Palace, in The Hague, The Netherlands. Following that, the aim was to widely disseminate it and promote its use as an ethical framework and reference, as well as an educational instrument to guide societies towards a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. We take this opportunity to look back, and forward, and specially to consider the purpose of the Earth Charter to the current times and to explore ways to accelerate the much-needed transition to a more caring and responsible global society.
Moreover, 2023 marks the mid-point of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The United Nations will be organizing the 2023 SDG Summit in September this year. Last year, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) called for this Summit to “mark the beginning of a new phase of accelerated progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.”
In this context, in the middle of the road towards the intention to achieve the SDGs, questions arise regarding the extent to which these global efforts have had an impact in contributing to planetary well-being and setting us on the path towards ecological civilizations. Some questions and perspectives we would like to contribute to the discussion include:
1.What do we mean by ecological civilizations?
2.What are some of the good practices in the effort of using and implementing the Earth Charter and implementing the SDGs? Particularly, what are some examples of emerging efforts towards planetary well-being and of building ecological civilizations?
3.What are the relationships between the SDGs and the Earth Charter?
4.What are the necessary actions we need to take to significantly accelerate our response to address the pressing challenges and build ecological civilizations? How can the Earth Charter be used in the context of a possible planetary system collapse and the possibilities to a great transition towards an ecological civilization?
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＜Details of the Webinar＞
June 30, 2023 10am Tokyo = 11am Sydney, 1pm Auckland
June 29, 2023 7pm Costa Rica = 6pm PST
・Kazuo Takahashi, (Japan)
Earth Charter Study Group (Japan)
・Evon Ganeson, (Malaysia)
Sustainable Design Strategist & Earth Charter Youth Leader
・Atsufumi Yokoi, (Japan)
Vice President, Okayama University
ECI Council member
・Olivia Tyler, (Australia)
Western Sydney University
・Mirian Vilela, (Brazil)
Exective Director, ECI
Joan Anderson, Soka Gakkai International (UK/Japan)
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