Social and Economic Justice: The Earth Charter and the Sustainable Dev 

Tuesday, September 22 2015 | 7:50 AM (Central America Standard Time)

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About the Class

At the end of September 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals will be agreed to by heads of state at the UN in New York. These goals will set the global development agenda for the next 15 years. It is remarkable and a great success that since the launch of the Earth Charter, Sustainable Development has gone from being an alternative movement to the dominant development paradigm on planet Earth. The Earth Charter has played its role in this ascendance, but it is certain that the strength of the SDGs will not be as strong as the Earth Charter standards for sustainable development.

This webinar will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed SDGs from an Earth Charter perspective. Two guest speakers with strong knowledge of the Earth Charter and the SDG process will offer their respective thoughts on the SDGs through the Earth Charter lens, provide criticism, show strengths, and make recommendations for improving the proposed SDGs. More specifically, the speakers will look at the SDGs through the third pillar of the Earth Charter on Social and Economic Justice. Poverty eradication is the first SDG, highlighting the predominance of social and economic thinking in the SDGs. The speakers will look through this lens of the Earth Charter at the strengths and weaknesses of the SDG platform.

Following both of the speakers interventions, there will be a question and answer, as well as a back and forth discussion between the participants.

Language of instruction: English

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The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental ethical principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. It is a product of a decade-long, worldwide, cross cultural dialogue on common goals and shared values.

“The Earth Charter Initiative”is an extraordinarily diverse, global network of people, organizations, and institutions that participate in promoting and implementing the values and principles of the Earth Charter.