Earth Charter Initiative

Earth Charter Initiative
(1994; San Jose, Costa Rica; 5 secretariat staff, 17 fellows;

The ECI consists of individuals and organizations that predominantly act independently and occasionally collaborate. It is comprised of the ECI Secretariat, its Education Center and the ECI Council. The secretariat is based at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, and aims to promote the mission, vision, strategies, and policies adopted by the ECI Council. The initiative was launched by Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1994, in response to a call by the 1987 Bruntland Commission on Sustainable Development for a “new charter.” The Earth Charter Commission was formed in 1997, and the Charter launched in 2000. It is formally endorsed by 2000+ organizations and promotes “Values and Principles to Foster a Sustainable Future.” In its core the “EC is a global consensus statement on the meaning of sustainability, the challenge and vision of sustainable development, and the principles by which sustainable development is to be achieved.” It advocates transition to sustainable ways of living, 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, non-violence, and a culture of peace. “


  • The Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development – Offers a variety of programs that highlight the importance of incorporating sustainability values and principles into the processes of learning and decision-making. It helps participants to expand their understanding of sustainability and the ways it can be applied in practice.
  • The Earth Charter – It is more than just a document, but rather a continuous project. It acts as a framework for countries, organizations, and individuals to adjust their behavior to the standards


People and organizations from diverse fields have used the Earth Charter in creative ways that form communities. They invite people to bring the Earth Charter to their area of action.


  • Annual reports
  • News
  • An extensive library of 530+ reports, guides, education and training material, reports, essays, research, documentation, policies, laws, etc.
  • Earth Charter Bibliography (2019, 24p.) – A carefully revised Bibliography of Books, Essays and Papers Related to the Earth Charter. It represents the rich diversity of literature produced on the Earth Charter.

Leadership: Mirian Vilela (Executive Director), Kartikeya Sarabhai (Co-Chair), Oscar Motomura (Co-Chair)
Budget: ~$242,233 (2017)

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