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World Environmental Constitution: A tool for urgent transformation .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
Information
  • Submitted by: International Institute-Association of Regional Ecological Problems
  • Topic: National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSDS)
  • Keywords: World Environmental Constitution, World Environmental Organization, Sustainable Development, Greening of education
  • Location: Ukraine; System of UN bodies; International Scene
  • Date of completion: 2013-03-31
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Deliverables & Resources
World Environmental Constitution: A tool for urgent transformation

Partner(s)

International Institute-Association of Regional Ecological Problems (Ukraine)
Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont (USA)
All-Ukrainian Ecological League (Ukraine)

Description/achievement of initiative

The organizers make a commitment to ensure that the following three interconnected issues will be part of Ukraine's official proposals for Rio+20:
- initiation of the development of the World Environmental Constitution;
- establishment of the World Environmental Organization;
- implementation of the greening of education for sustainable development process.
This would eliminate the main reason for the unsatisfactory implementation of the "Rio-92" decisions.
Organizers also commit to use its results and the Rio+20 Dialogues mechanism to promote this unified package among Rio+20 participants in order to include it in the final document of the Summit.

Implementation methodologies

International Institute-Association of Regional Ecological Problems (IIAREP) initiated the scientific substantiation of the World Environmental Constitution (WEC) idea (which includes as an integral part the establishment of the World Environmental Organization (WEO)) in 1992 and promoted its promulgation on behalf of Ukraine during the 19th Special Session of UN General Assembly Rio+5 in 1997. The idea of establishing the WEO was also announced at Rio+5 in Joint Declaration of Four Countries from Four Continents Brazil, Germany, South Africa and Singapore. These initiatives were officially renewed in later years on high political level at different fora (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011) and discussed at scientific conferences.
IIAREP experts make a voluntary commitment to ensure that the interconnected issues of WEO establishment, initiation of WEC development, and greening of education for sustainable development will be part of Ukraine's official proposals for Rio+20 Summit in a unified package.
The organizers of the side event "WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTITUTION: TOWARD A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE" also commit to use its outcomes and the Rio+20 Dialogues mechanism to promote this unified package among Rio+20 participants with the aim to include them in the final document of the Summit.

Deliverables
Deliverable Date
Publishing a book 2012-06-19
Building up the activities of scientific community and civil society resulting in including the issues of WEO establishment, initiation of WEC development, and greening of education into the package of official Ukraine initiatives for Earth Summit 2012-06-20
Publishing a book 2013-03-31
Resources
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expert support for scientific research and development, for collaboration with central government on issues of WEO establishment, initiation of WEC development, and greening of education
Other, please specify About $20000 for publishing activities collected through grants and donnations
Financing (in USD) $20,000
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