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United Nations and Global Governance

The purpose of ECI activity in this focus area and of the UN Task Force is to achieve recognition of the Earth Charter by the United Nations General Assembly and to demonstrate the relevance of the Earth Charter’s values and principles to global governance.
The United Nations Task Force has adopted the following strategies:


  • Rio+20 - The goal is to emphasize the need for a comprehensive ethical framework, articulating shared values and principles to inspire and guide different actors in the transition to a sustainable future. In addition to demonstrate the relevance of the Earth Charter to the objectives of the Rio 2012 Conference and its process.
  • Climate Change Project—to promote use of the Earth Charter’s ethical framework in the international climate change negotiations on a post-Kyoto Agreement.
  • Endorsement by UN Agencies—to seek recognition and use of the Earth Charter by UNESCO, UNEP, UNDP, and the UN regional economic commissions.
  • UDHR Project—to further collaboration between the Earth Charter Initiative and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


References to other publications



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