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Since its founding in 1945 the United Nations has focused on sustainable development, and more recently has placed a strong focus on addressing the worsening environmental crisis. At the United Nations and in related international forums, ELC advocates for policies that support both humans and Nature and allow them to thrive together. This holistic view promotes sustainability and a flourishing of people and Nature together.

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  • In 2In 2017 ELC’s work was featured in the U.N. Secretary General’s eighth report on Harmony with Nature (UN Doc A/72/175). Read the full report.

  • In 2016 ELC helped lead the UN to adopt a resolution to create a committee on Earth Law.

  • On Earth Day in 2013 and 2014 ELC joined United Nations advocacy for Rights of Nature and harmony with nature. Watch the video.

  • In June 2012 ELC participated in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, where we emphasized that “the economy must be viewed as serving human and environmental communities, not the reverse” in nine conference workshops.

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