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Welcome to Rights of Mother Earth

September 2017

Our main goal is to collect 1,000,000 signatures from people around the world, asking the UN to adopt the Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth, just like we have the Human Rights Declaration. The declaration shall serve as an aspiring document, for the next steps of each Nation to include Nature in the national legal systems as a rights bearing entity. We have already handed over the first part of the signatures to the UN Secretary General Bank-Ki Moon at the Earth Summit Rio+20. We will hand them over to the UN again next year for the 70th anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration asking the UN to adopt a Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth as a key document, besides the Human Rights Declaration. 

Your help in getting to our target of 1.000,000 signatures is vital, if you would like to help by getting involved in collecting signatures, please sign our online petition on the right side of this page, and you can also download paper petitions, which you can access here. You can also find details of how you can get involved in other useful ways through various organizations here.


Hello and welcome everybody to our September edition,

For this month we would like to introduce to you the UN in Harmony with Nature Report from Maria Mercedes Sanchez.
I participated in the name of Rights of Mother Earth as a stakeholder amongst other wonderful people who speak up and are in action for Earth Jurisprudence, Rights of Mother Earth or similar work.
However we cannot do this without the backing of people like you, who have helped us to be the voice for Mother Earth. Knowing that we have almost 850 000 signatures from people from around the world gives us strength and courage to carry on. We are most grateful to you.

Earth Jurisprudence group photo

Here is a short introduction to the official document:

On 21 December 2016, the General Assembly adopted resolution 71/232, its eighth resolution on Harmony with Nature, which requested the President of the General Assembly to convene, at the seventy-first session of the Assembly, an interactive dialogue to be held at the plenary meetings to be convened during the commemoration of International Mother Earth Day on 21 April 2017, with the participation of Member States, United Nations organizations, independent experts and other stakeholders. The purpose was to discuss the recommendations of the experts’ summary report of the first virtual dialogue of the Assembly on Harmony with Nature among experts on Earth jurisprudence worldwide (A/71/266), in order to inspire citizens and societies to reconsider how they interact with the natural world and to improve the ethical basis of the relationship between humankind and the Earth in the context of sustainable development.

UN General Assembly Hall meeting in progress

The present report draws on contributions to the seventh interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature, held on 21 April 2017, that address Earth jurisprudence, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, trends in the implementation of Earth-centred law and a range of initiatives and achievements in law, policy, education and public engagement relating to Earth jurisprudence during the period 2016-2017. In addition, the report provides key recommendations for the consideration of Member States.

Please find the whole UN report here

With Love, Doris and The Team

 photo of this month's editor, Doris