The future at once holds great peril and great promise.The Earth Charter Initiative counts on a diverse, interactive, global youth network representing over 100 countries from around the world to promote and implement the Earth Charter locally and globally. Those active in the Youth Network have embraced and integrated the Earth Charter into their studies, work, and daily lives. Youth can further develop their capacity and increase their impact as leaders through engaging with the Earth Charter.

Earth Charter International

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

Sectors of activity
Environmental Services, Education, Public Procurement

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising

Shared by

Irma Verhoeven

Programme and Partnership Development Manager

Earth Charter International Secretariat

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The ECI Secretariat has been engaging, training, and motivating youth who are working to create a better world, offering the Earth Charter as a united vision and ethical guide. In recent years, ECI has been working with and for youth in the following ways:
Youth Projects with Strategic Partners
Online Courses
Earth Charter Young Leaders Programme
Earth Charter Youth Stories

The Earth Charter Young Leader (ECYL) Programme is an avenue for emerging sustainability leaders to build their leadership and knowledge while supporting and expanding the Earth Charter Youth Network. ECYL are alumni from the current Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics (LSE) online course who have been invited to stay connected with the Earth Charter Youth Network for another year. ECYLs act as focal points within the Earth Charter Youth Network (ECYN), connecting with, motivating, and engaging their contemporaries to join the movement and shape a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world. These young leaders, aged 18-30, collaborate with Earth Charter International (ECI) to help create, run, and participate in courses, workshops, and webinars, design and implement media communication strategies, and more.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

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Impact and Results

The Earth charter Youth Network is active in 102 different countries working through almost 260 Earth Charter Youth Groups and almost 50 Earth Charter Young Leaders. Close to 1000 Youth participated in the online youth course on Leadership, Ethics, and Sustainability. Earth Charter International had over 100 interns. from numerous disciplines and nationalities.
The youth course is now being implemented into the curriculums of Universities world wide.

Next steps and how to get involved

Earth Charter International collaborates with key youth organizations that actively promote the Earth Charter in their vision, values, and work. Would ECI and your organization mutually benefit from a partnership? Please consider the following check list:
Does your organization or network have an international or global scope?
Is your organization youth-oriented, or does it have a particular branch or department dedicated to youth?
Is your organization’s mission and vision aligned with that of the Earth Charter?
Has your organization endorsed the Earth Charter?
Does your organization (want to) embrace and support the Earth Charter principles and values?
Does your organization (want to) directly and explicitly use the EC in activities and programming?
A partnership amplifies the reach and effectiveness of both organizations to engage and train youth to be leaders in creating positive change locally and globally. For specific partnership benefits, consider the following:
Acknowledgement of the partnership on ECI’s and Partner’s websites and appropriate written promotional materials
Collaboration to identify specific strategies for incorporating the EC into Partner’s activities and programs
Assistance in marketing relevant events and news to online networks when appropriate
Neither Partners nor ECI are under any financial obligations.
If you’d like to discuss partnership possibilities with ECI, please contact the Coordinator of Youth Projects at

If you like to implement the youth course in your Universities curriculum to give your students the opportunity to interact with students from around the world on the topics of Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics please contact