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.
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.
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, 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)
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)
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
Pope Francis, Speech before the United Nations (Sept. 25, 2015), recognizing nature's rights