The United Nations has focused on sustainable development to address the environmental crisis.
At the United Nations and in related international forums, Earth Law Center advocates for a “thriving communities” policy which supports both humans and nature. This holistic worldview promotes sustainability, and a flourishing of people and nature together.
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- In 2017 ELC was featured in the U.N. Secretary General’s eighth report on Harmony with Nature (UN Doc A/72/175). The report highlights ELC's educational and co-violations work. Read the full report here.
- With ELC input in 2016, the U.N. adopted new resolution that establishes a committee of experts in Earth Jurisprudence. ELC had a leadership role in the development of this dialogue and report.
- On Earth Day in 2013 and 2014 ELC joined United Nations advocacy for rights of nature and harmony with nature; see here for the video.
- In June 2012 ELC participated in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. ELC emphasized that “the economy must be viewed as serving human and environmental communities, not the reverse” in nine conference workshops.
- ELC, Submission to the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service et al. on the Report of the Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda (Jan. 9, 2015)
- ELC, Submission to the UN Development Programme on Rule of Law and the Post-2015 Development Agenda (Aug. 29, 2013)
- ELC, “Caring for Home through Nature’s Rights,” Remarks before the Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature (April 22, 2013) (with video)
- ELC, Amicus Curiae Letter in Mirador Mining Project, Ecuador, English (March 1, 2013)
- ELC, Amicus Curiae Letter in Mirador Mining Project, Ecuador, Spanish (March 1, 2013)
- ELC, "Establishing Earth-based governance for the rights of the environment," in United Nations, Future Perfect (June 2012)
- ELC, Submission to the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development on Rio +20 (Nov. 2011)
- IUCN, IUCN Programme 2017-2020 (Sept. 2016), incorporating rights of nature into IUCN workplans
- Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth (Cochabamba, Bolivia, April 2010)
- Ecuador Constitution, Rights of Nature Provisions
- Wheeler et al. v. Director de la Procuraduria General del Estado en Loja (Corte Provincial de Justicia de Loja, March 31, 2011), recognizing the rights of the Vilcabamba River to flow
- Vilcabamba River Decision, original in Spanish
- Bolivia, Law of the Rights of Mother Earth, Law 071 (2010)
- Bolivia, Law of Mother Earth and Integral Development for Living Well (Law 300) (2012)
- United Nations, Harmony with Nature Website, includes U.N. reports discussing the rights of nature
- IUCN, Incorporation of the Rights of Nature as the Organizational Focal Point in IUCN's Decisionmaking, Resolution WCC-2012-Res-100 (Sept. 2012, Jeju, Korea)
- United Nations, The Future We Want (Rio de Janeiro, June 2012), citing nature's rights in para. 39
- United Nations, Resolution A/RES/70/208 (adopted Dec. 22, 2015), calling for recommendations to the General Assembly on Earth Jurisprudence in 2016
- Final Declaration of the People's Summit (Rio de Janeiro, June 2012), calling for U.N. adoption of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth
- Whanganui River Agreement, New Zealand: Tutohu Whakatupua (Aug. 31, 2012), recognizing the independent legal standing of the river
- European Citizens Initiative for the Rights of Nature
- Pope Francis, Speech before the United Nations (Sept. 25, 2015), recognizing nature's rights