The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. The Earth Charter International Secretariat is located at the UPEACE Campus in Costa Rica.
- Respect and Care for the Community of Life
- Ecological Integrity
- Social and Economic Justice
- Democracy, Nonviolence, and Peace
The Earth Charter was completed in March 2000 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris and launched in a special ceremony at the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 29 June 2000. Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands attended the ceremony.
In 2012 a new UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and the Earth Charter has been established through the Earth Charter Center on Education for Sustainable Development, the University for Peace, and UNESCO for a period of three years.
Annual Report 2012