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June 29, 2000 -
The Earth Charter

"We stand at a critical moment in Earth's history, a time when humanity must choose its future. As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and fragile, the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations." -- Preamble of The Earth Charter

The Earth Charter is one of the most significant comprehensive blueprints for a better world. It provides a framework for a holistic ethical vision, calling for global partnership to address our interdependent need for environmental protection, human rights, equitable human development and peace. The Earth Charter was drafted over a decade with input from thousands of people, and it has been endorsed by more than 4500 organizations and governments, representing millions of global citizens.

The idea for the Earth Charter arose in 1987, when the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development suggested that the world needed a guiding charter to assist in a transition to more sustainable development, where the use of resources aims to meet human needs while protecting the environment so that future generations will also be able to share in these resources. The need for a new earth charter was again urged by the UN in 1992 at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit. But work on the Earth Charter didn't begin until 1994, when it was launched by civil society organizations, the Earth Council, headed by Maurice Strong, and Green Cross International, headed by Mikhail Gorbachev. After years of international consultations and meetings, the Earth Charter was launched on June 29, 2000 at The Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. Today, The Earth Charter Initiative spearheads promotion of The Earth Charter and the document continues to inspire individuals and serves as a guiding blueprint for local, state and national governments to create more peaceful, just and sustainable communities. You can help grow The Earth Charter by endorsing it on the Earth Charter Initiative website, as well as convince your organization or local government to adopt it.

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MILESTONES

c.380 BC
"Republic"

1215
Magna Carta

1516
"Utopia"

1528
"On Civil Power"

1625
"On The Law
of War and Peace"

1648
Peace of Westphalia

1650-1799
Enlightenment

1689
"Two Treatises of Government"

1762
"Social Contract"

July 4, 1776
US Declaration of Independence

September 17, 1787
US Constitution

August 26, 1789
Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

September 25, 1789
US Bill of Rights

1793
Department of Peace

1795
"Perpetual Peace"

May 18, 1899
Hague Peace Conference

1901
Nobel Peace Prize

January 8, 1918
14 Points

June 28, 1919
League of Nations

1933
The New Deal

January 6, 1941
The Four Freedoms

October 24, 1945
The United Nations

August, 1947
World Federalist Movement

December 10, 1948
Universal Declaration of Human Rights

1955
"Let There Be
Peace On Earth"

1956
The Beloved Community

1960-1963
The New Frontier

1963-1969
The Great Society

1970
Earth Day

October 11, 1971
"Imagine"

1981
International Day of Peace

1985
77 Theses on the Care of the Earth

1988
Global Cooperation for a Better World

1991
Earth Constitution

1992
UNESCO
Culture of Peace Programme

1992
"4000 Ideas & Dreams for a Better World"

1995
Earth Magna Charta

1995
"When Corporations Rule The World"

1996
"Peace On Earth Millennium"

1997
Appeal of the Nobel Laureates

1998
"Conscious Evolution"

May 11-15, 1999
Hague Appeal for Peace

January 1, 2000
One Day In Peace

June 29, 2000
The Earth Charter

September, 2000
Millennium Development Goals

January 25-30, 2001
World Social Forum

October, 2001
"Better World Handbook"

2005
Clinton Global Initiative

July 18, 2007
The Elders

September 17, 2011
Occupy Wall Street