Ethics and Spirituality Initiative meetings, February 4, March 2, April 2, 2014
The Ethics and Spirituality Initiative for Sustainable Development (ESI) began to take shape in December 2010 at the Earth Charter+10 Conference in Ahmedabad, India. The conference’s working group on religion and spirituality framed action steps, which included the development of a statement by religious and spiritual leaders aimed at preparations for the Rio+20 conference. A second action focused on developing educational experiences to help our constituencies understand how they can effectively act to bring about strong sustainability and transformative change.
ESI was engaged in 2011-12 in shaping both of the themes for the UN’s Rio+20 conference—a green economy and the institutional frameworks for sustainable development. In addition to lobbying efforts, ESI coordinated the drafting of the Peoples’ Sustainability Treaty on Ethical and Spiritual Values for Sustainable Development. This document was one of fourteen Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties that were presented as alternative outcomes for Rio+20, www.sustainabilitytreaties.org. After Rio+20, ESI began working on the UN process for developing a post-2015 development agenda (as the Millennium Development Goals expire).
The challenge is three-fold: (1) to be clear on those policy and practice priorities that need to be put in place by governments and other stakeholders, (2) to work effectively together to build a global citizens’ movement that will bring about the political will to adopt these policies and practices, and (3) to implement these policies and practices in our own lives, organizations, and spheres of influence.
From 2013 to 2014 the Forum 21 Institute collaborated with ESI to co-sponsor several meetings and conferences in New York City.
North America GNH Conference May 29- June 1, 2014
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“Making the Leap– Sacred Earth and Global Shift”. Boulder, Colorado: The Starhouse; Carbondale, Colorado, the DaviNikent Center for Human Flourishing; Aspen, Colorado, The Aspen Chapel. Ken Kitatani, Kurt Johnson, Rick Clugston, Karuna, and Rory McEntee, with Colin Bigelow (from Integral Life, Denver). June 10-12, 2014
UN DPI NGO Conference August 27-29, 2014 http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/conference-2014/
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“Ethics and Spiritual Values, and Sustainable Development Workshop” (organized by the Spirituality and Ethics Initiative for Sustainable Development, a discussion on the United Nations campus as part of the United Nations annual meeting of NGO’s). Ken Kitatani, Kurt Johnson, Rick Clugston, and Doug King; August 31, 2014
“The Spiritual Summit for Social Change”. New York, NY: 2nd Presbyterian Church and adjoining Alexander Robertson School, NY, NY, 6 West 96th– Central Park West between 95th and 96th. Twenty concurrent sessions of New York City transformational organizations strategizing for their 2014-2015 projects, events and plans. September 13, 2014
Religions for the Earth Conference September 19-21, 2014