Let's Talk – Speakers at the EC+10 Conference

Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair, York University , Toronto , Canada , will chair the discussion on reorienting Teacher Education for Sustainability on November 2, Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Charles Hopkins, in his capacity as the UNESCO Chair has developed and continues to coordinate an international network of institutions from thirty-eight countries working on the reorientation of teacher education towards the issues inherent in sustainable development. Professor Hopkins is also a United Nations University Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and an advisor to both UNESCO and UNU regarding the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

Razeena Omar, Co-chair , Earth Charter International Council, will chair the discussions on Education for Sustainable Development, South Africa  

Razeena Omar is a South African citizen who takes a keen interest in monitoring trends, shifts and debates on environment, conservation and education, including policies and implementation issues and has been a central player in these fields for a number of years. She holds academic and professional qualifications in the areas of botany, zoology, ecology, conservation and education. Subsequent to working in the area of formal education, she joined the World Wide Fund for Nature , South Africa (WWF-SA)

Seeds of Hope
EC+10 and Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) proudly present ‘Seeds of Hope – Visions of Sustainability, Steps towards Change' and a tool for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.

Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) has, since 1986, sought to promote ethical values and respect for all people. Through a wide range of activities, BSG seeks to foster awareness of social and environmental responsibilities that we all share for the sustainable future of our planet.

The “Seeds of Change” exhibition has so far been held in 16 different cities in India and has been visited by 6,90,000 people. The exhibition is aimed at spreading the message of peace as the ideal of education for global citizenship through aesthetically pleasing photographs and simple but profound messages. This is education in the broadest sense of the word and is not limited to classrooms or to any particular age group.

The event was inaugurated by Mary Evelyn Tucker, a member of the Earth Charter International Drafting Committee. On this colorful occasion, we caught up with Mary for a quick chat

What is the purpose of the “Seeds of Change” exhibition?

The exhibition reflects the wonderful contributions from the archives of Soka Gakkai from around the world and the work done here in India . The exhibition reflects the power of the Earth Charter; both in the sense of urgency and the importance for action using this exhibition as a skillful mean of communication

What is the main message of this exhibition?

Today we are in a moment where children and the future generations are at risk from the ecological and environmental damage around the world. This exhibit brings into us the sense of global ethics, the importance of which is integrated and inspiring along with the sense of the value of the eco-system, of socio-economic justice and democracy as it aims at approaching the audience through a more non-formal educational method.

Launch Pad

Paryavaran Mitra Book Launch
The launch of the Paryavaran Mitra booklet ‘Explore Discover Think Act' November 2, Tuesday 2010, 6pm to 6:30 pm

The Paryavaran Mitra Event at the Earth Charter Conference will launch the educational booklet ‘Explore Discover Think Act'. The booklet is a compilation of action ideas in sustainability for schools, linked to the Earth Charter Principles.

The partnership between Paryavaran Mitra and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) , Small Grants Programme (SGP), Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS) and the Earth Charter is going to be announced at the event .

Multilateral Environmental Agreements - Legal Status of the Secretariats By Bharat H. Desai, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Book launch - Climate Change Plenary – 4:30 pm

The present study seeks to examine the genesis, development and proliferation of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). It provides legal understanding of the location of MEA secretariats within an existing international host institution, as well as discussion of the issue of relationship agreements and interpretation of the commonly used language that triggers such relationships. The book offers an authoritative account of the growing phenomenon in which an existing international institution provides a servicing base for MEA that, in turn, triggers a chain of legal implications involving the secretariat, the host institution, and the host country.

Launch of the Special Issue of the
Journal of Education for Sustainable Development
Plenary Garden , 2 Nov. , 10:45 am
The  Journal of Education for Sustainable Development  is a peer-reviewed international journal brought out by the Centre for Environment Education and published by SAGE.  A special issue of the Journal on the Earth Charter will be launched at the conference on Tuesday.  This issue has been guest edited by Rick Clugston and Mirian Vilela. 

Join the conversation :


Prithi Nambiar

Meena Nareshwar, Aparna Sethi, Kiran Chhokar, Madhavi Joshi, Pramod Sharma, Aparna Susarla, Geetartthi Sharma, Praveen Prakash, Sharddha Ganwani, Shekhar Kanagali, Sangeeta Rane,

Design & Layout:
Jogendra Singh Rajora,Sangeeta Rane, Biji Nair

Nimisha Misra, Snigdha Kar, Dhrumil Patel, Chehek Bilgi, Sangeeta Rane, Shekher Kanagali

Tête-à-tête with Conference Guests

Jim Taylor, Director, WESSA ( Wildlife and Environment Society of SA) South Africa

As Director of the well-established WESSA, one of South Africa 's oldest and largest non-government, membership-based environmental organizations, Jim Taylor has been working tirelessly towards the sustainability agenda. WESSA offers services to schools, teacher's groups and other environmental educators and increasingly engages in community development work. It also runs a number of environment education centres.

How do you look at the connection between Earth Charter and your organization WESSA?

We are very excited about the Earth Charter because we have been trying to apply its principles over the last 10 years. So from when it was born, we were really enthusiastic about working with the Earth Charter.

How was this workshop and how do you plan to inculcate the same ideas within WESSA?

We are planning the next 10 years of the Earth Charter and since the principles of the Earth Charter are very similar to WESSA in Africa, the ideas we are getting here are those that we are trying to implement there and we have also brought same ideas to share here

And what are the opportunities that South Africa as a nation and earth Charter can explore together?
South Africa is a really interesting country because everything good about the world is happening in South Africa and everything bad about the world is also happening in South Africa . So in one small country you have got fantastic opportunities, you have got technologies, you have got modern things… We even had the World Cup here. So we think if we can use the Earth Charter principles to solve South Africa 's problems then it could be for everyone and not just for the nation.
Youth at the Conference

The pre-conference workshop on strategizing youth participation was organized on 31st October, 2010 at CEE. Over seventy young people pursuing different professional courses participated in this workshop to bring their perspectives into the conference. Mr. Steven Rockefeller, Chair, Earth Charter International Council and Mr. Kartikeya V. Sarabhai, Director, CEE set the tone for this workshop through an interactive session on the Earth Charter and its relevance in the world today. This was followed by working group sessions where young people discussed their reflections on the Earth Charter principles and their expectations from the 10 workshops.

Ms. Satwant Kaur, Regional Information Officer, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, helped facilitate the working group sessions along with SAYEN mentors, Govind Singh and Utsav Maden. This session saw an energetic debate on various issues such as access to versus the potential of ICTs, the need for consultative policy decision making and issues relating to understanding religion and spirituality and the idea of oneness. Together they decided that they would participate actively in the conference as workshop rapporteurs, plenary speakers, facilitators, and volunteers.

Cultural Mélange

Performance by Mallika Sarabhai & the Darpana Academy at the CEE Campus on 2 nd Nov'10, 8:00 pm

Presenting Yatra Gurjar – Historically, Gujarat has always been a reputed centre of trade. Travelers and visitors from foreign countries have described Ahmedabad as a great and populous city with markets where anything could be bought- from inlay work to velvets and taffetas. The German traveler, Mandelso, described Ahmedabad as an unsurpassed commercial emporium where merchandise from any part of Asia could be procured and where foreign bills could be exchanged.

Ahmedabad is still one of the most active and thriving centers of trade in the country. Directed and choreographed by Mrinalini Sarabhai, this mesmerizing performance presents a panorama of the people of Gujarat and their history and legends.

ACCU Asia-Pacific ESD Photo Message Exhibition showcased at EC+10
Letters to Tomorrow: Celebration of our Living Culture, the traveling exhibition of 80 prize winning photographs selected by Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for Unesco(ACCU) through a photo message contest were hosted by the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in India at Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Pune.

The exhibition aims to develop an understanding and respect for different cultures and traditions. It provides an opportunity for critical reflection and dialogue with practitioners and interaction with community on culture, society and sustainability issues of conserving culture as a heritage.

The Centre for Environment Education (CEE) hosted the Photo message exhibition in India at Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Pune. Various events were held to connect the exhibition to living culture aspects of India bringing in local culture through demonstration of arts and crafts, music, and theatre.

This exhibition and some glimpses from the three cities were showcased at the EC+10 conference as it connects closely with the theme. It was inaugurated by Professor Charles Hopkins and Ms. Miran Vilela on the 31 st evening. The moment was perfect, flowers arranged in beautiful rangoli and diyas lighted the entrance to the exhibition. A must-see and must-experience for all visiting the conference.

Conference in full swing
Enthusiastic youth participants

ACCU exhibition at the campus

Sufi music concert by Shabnam Virmani and Mooralala Marwada of the Meghval community of Kutch.