Earth Charter Conference Held in Amsterdam, Netherlands
On November 7-9, nearly 400 representatives of nations and non-governmental organizations from throughout the world participated in the "Earth Charter +5 Conference" in Amsterdam, Netherlands, which took place five years after the launch of the Earth Charter. The event organizers included the Netherlands National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development (NCDO), the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Plan Netherlands and the Earth Charter Initiative. The Earth Charter, officially launched at the Hague Peace Palace in June 2000, is a "people's treaty" that sets forth fundamental principles for sustainable development and conservation of the natural environment. The main purposes of the "Earth Charter +5 Conference" were to share experiences on the different uses of the Earth Charter, review the Initiative's progress over the past five years and launch a new phase for the Earth Charter Initiative.
Joan Anderson, deputy director of the SGI public information office in Tokyo, Japan, attended as the SGI representative. For the past 5 years, the SGI has supported and promoted the ideals of the Earth Charter through A Quiet Revolution, a documentary film about people's empowerment and social reformation, produced by the Earth Council and sponsored by the SGI; and an exhibition titled "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential," which highlights the Earth Charter as a "map" pointing the way toward sustainable living. During the conference, the SGI's "Seeds of Change" exhibition showed at the conference hall's main lobby. SGI-Canada Vancouver Youth Earth Charter Committee's grassroots activities for promoting the Earth Charter, such as volunteer clean-up campaigns and environmental education, were also introduced.