Hague, Netherlands (ots-PRNewswire) - June 29 saw the official
launch of the "Earth Charter Initiative" at the Hague Peace Palace
with the presentation of the Earth Charter to Her Majesty Queen
Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, Co-Chair of the Earth
Charter Commission, was also present, and commented that he sees the
Earth Charter as being more significant than any of the documents he
signed as president of the USSR. He called for "new approaches, new
leadership and change which starts with all of us." Maurice Strong,
Co-Chair and president of the United Nations University for Peace in
Costa Rica, and Frederico Mayor, former Director- General of UNESCO
and Earth Charter Commissioner, also welcomed the start of this new
education and implementation phase of the Earth Charter campaign.
The Earth Charter is a document that outlines the ethical values
needed to guide humankind towards a sustainable future. Its
principles cover environmental protection, human rights, poverty
alleviation, gender equality and building a culture of peace. They
call on people to respect Earth and all life, to care for the
community of life in all its diversity, to strive to build free,
just, participatory and peaceful societies and to secure Earth's
abundance and beauty for future generations. The Charter grew out of
the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and has since been reviewed and debated
by thousands of people all over the world. Its supporters hope that
it will be adopted at the UN in 2002 on the 10th anniversary of the
Virginia Straus, speaking at the launch on behalf of the Soka
Gakkai International (SGI) and the Boston Research Center for the
21st Century, outlined the extensive consultations held on the Earth
Charter within both organizations, which alone have involved over
5,000 people in 11 countries. She stressed that if the Earth Charter
is to be a genuine "people's charter" there is a need for grassroots
organizations such as SGI to promote it, as while its members are not
environmental experts, they are "experts in living."
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda echoed these words in a message sent
to the meeting: "The path to a sustainable future will only be
realized by pooling the creativity and wisdom of ordinary citizens
throughout the world." He expressed his wish that, fifty years from
now, every child in the world will be consciously bringing the
Charter to life through their actions and attitudes.
SGI Netherlands provided musicians who performed several songs,
and a local indigenous people's group closed the day's events with a
plea for the Earth's protection.
Soka Gakkai International is a lay Buddhist movement with 12
million members living in over 163 countries and territories. Its
activities to promote peace, culture and education are based on the
longstanding traditions of Buddhist humanism.
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