Values and Principles to Foster a Sustainable Future

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Mission, Vision and Goals


The mission of the Earth Charter Initiative is to participate in the transition to sustainable ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of peace.


We envision individuals, organizations, businesses, governments, and multilateral institutions throughout the world, including the United Nations General Assembly and UN agencies, build on the Earth Charter, and its values and principles, and working collaboratively to build just, sustainable, and peaceful societies.


  1. To raise awareness worldwide of the Earth Charter and to promote understanding of its inclusive ethical vision.
  2. To seek recognition and endorsement of the Earth Charter by individuals, organizations, and the United Nations.
  3. To promote the use of the Earth Charter as an ethical guide and the implementation of its principles by civil society, business, and government.
  4. To encourage and support the educational use of the Earth Charter in schools, universities, religious communities, local communities, and many other settings.
  5. To promote recognition and use of the Earth Charter as a soft law document.
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