The Way Forward

(Section 1a) As never before in history, common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning. Such renewal is the promise of these Earth Charter principles. (Section 1b) To fulfill this promise, we must commit ourselves to adopt and promote the values and objectives of the Charter.

(Section 2a) This requires a change of mind and heart. (Section 2b) It requires a new sense of global interdependence and universal responsibility. (Section 2c) We must imaginatively develop and apply the vision of a sustainable way of life locally, nationally, regionally, and globally. (Section 2d) Our cultural diversity is a precious heritage and different cultures will find their own distinctive ways to realize the vision. We must deepen and expand the global dialogue that generated the Earth Charter, for we have much to learn from the ongoing collaborative search for truth and wisdom.

(Section 3a) Life often involves tensions between important values. This can mean difficult choices. However, we must find ways to harmonize diversity with unity, the exercise of freedom with the common good, short-term objectives with long-term goals. (Section 3b) Every individual, family, organization, and community has a vital role to play. (Section 3c)The arts, sciences, religions, educational institutions, media, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and governments are all called to offer creative leadership. The partnership of government, civil society, and business is essential for effective governance.

(Section 4) In order to build a sustainable global community, the nations of the world must renew their commitment to the United Nations, fulfill their obligations under existing international agreements, and support the implementation of Earth Charter principles with an international legally binding instrument on environment and development.

(Section 5a) Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, (Section 5b) and the joyful celebration of life.

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