Campaigns

The Green Cross was established by a unanimous decision of the Parliamentary Earth Summit, held at the '92 Global Forum in Rio. Mikhail Gorbachev is President of the International Green Cross. The Earth Council and the Green Cross signed an agreement in April 1994 to reinvigorate the efforts for the preparation and global adoption of an Earth Charter, that would be the equivalent in the sustainable development field of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. The plan is to have the initial version ready for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1995; and the final version will be submitted to the United Nations in 1997, on the occasion of the General Assembly's review of progress since Rio; and it is expected to be approved by Governments and people by the end of the millennium.

While most of Earth's inhabitants live in increasing poverty, a privileged few are depleting the world's natural resources, the cost of which will be passed on to future generations. This situation prompted the Cousteau Society to draft a Bill of Rights for Future Generations which they planned to present at the next United Nations General Assembly in October 1994, urging that these rights become part of the world's guiding principles. By December 1993, it had already received 5 million signatures worldwide.

Project Enable is a communications initiative designed to improve productivity in the UN sphere and pave a way for students and educators to better understand the global governing body's agenda and decision-making processes, in order to enable them to render noble ideals real through the creation of new communications infrastructure and the use of interactive learning technologies. It is not a network, but an information-gathering, publishing and educations program which will tie a world of UN and grassroots information together in a multimedia curriculum.

In January 1993, the World Resources Institute, the Brookings Institution, and the Santa Fe Institute jointly launched a five-year collaborative project to explore the question: How can we achieve a sustainable existence on this planet by the middle of the next century? The 2050 Project will examine alternative concepts of sustainability and explore desirable future conditions, the actions needed to reach them, and the potential for unexpected developments that could profoundly alter future conditions. The project will develop regionally-specific recommendations and action plans for the next decade, and disseminate these findings by a variety of innovative means.

The Society for International Development (SID) has been active in developing programs and conferences in a wide range of topics related to sustainable development. One of the largest projects is the program on "Building Global Human Security". This program is working at the national and regional level to increase awareness of the interdependence of North and South, and it will conclude with a global summit in May 1995 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Its goal is to create the conditions necessary to fulfil the basic needs of all human beings. In April 1994, SID held its 21st World Conference with the theme of "People's Rights and Security: Sustainable Development Strategies for the 21st Century".