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Earth Charter News September 2009

UNEP hosted a symposium in Nairobi where the Earth Charter was highlighted Nobel Peace Laureate and Earth Charter Commissioner, Wangari Maathai,
participated in the “Symposium on Climate Change and Sustainable Cities” where she highlighted the relevance of the Earth Charter as an instrument
for education for sustainability and challenged UNEP to adopt this important declaration as an organizing principle for the second half of the Decade.
Prof. Peter Blaze Corcoran was also part of this event and contributed with a wonderful presentation on the Earth Charter role in education.

This September Earth Charter featured high on Dutch agenda
September is always an important month in the Netherlands, since on the third Tuesday of the month the Dutch Queen sets out the main features of government policy for the coming parliamentary session in the “Speech from the Throne”. This September however, there were many more occasions to look
towards the future, to stand still, and to reflect. The Earth Charter played a prominent role in all these events.

Peking University receives an Earth Charter delegation in their premises
A meeting that brought together approximately 20 professors, 30 to 40 students, and the Executive Vice President and Provost of Peking University,
Dr. Jianhua Lin, with Ruud Lubbers, Earth Charter Commissioner and Mirian Vilela, Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Secretariat
was held on 10 September, 2009.

A municipal educational program in Brazil is using the Earth Charter
Fruit of Earth, an environmental education program (Programa de Educação Ambiental Fruto da Terra) became, since 2003, part of the municipal public
network in Atibaia, Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The Earth Charter has been an important instrument for the environmental education efforts of schools in
this city.

In Armenia, an Earth Charter discussion takes place at the International Summer School
An International Summer School of Young Researchers (PhD. and Graduate Students) with the theme of “Political and Social Processes in the Eurasian
Space: Looking forward for new Paradigms” took place in Tsaghkadzor (Republic of Armenia) in July 31-August 6, 2009. This successful summer school offered an opportunity for young researchers to reflect on the Earth Charter.

New Earth Charter course at Kazan University, Tatarstan
The new academic year opens with the class on the Earth Charter in Kazan State University of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

An Earth Charter Workshop at the VI Latin American Congress for Environmental Education
ECI Secretariat organized a workshop, which was part of the VI Iberoamerican Congress on Environmental Education that took place in Argentina on
September 16-19, 2009.

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