The beautiful Island of Malta has a rich history that has defined so much of present day Europe and the world. In the week of November 12 – 14, 2015, an assembly of important conferences there brought together a rich mosaic of cultures and peoples deliberating their common futures. The world’s large immigration issues, the future of our climate and the earth, and a desired reset of the ways we do business and govern our planet were important themes. The new United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the upcoming Climate Conference in Paris were already in the light.
In this nexus of sustainability, business and education, Gerben van Straaten presented the Earth Charter and the Earth Charter Cities program at the 29th Annual Businet Conference. His keynote there addressed how the Earth Charter guides us towards more sustainable and more ethical business practices, with a focus on the importance of improving the way we develop and operate our cities.
The Earth Charter Initiative and the Walas Groups are collaborating on Earth Charter Cities to raise awareness for a more sustainable approach for our cities. The Earth Charter Cities program works with certification systems, cities, communities, colleges and universities, and companies to bring the global vision of the Earth Charter to cities around the world, based on their local needs. Working with ECI, Gerben and the World of Walas will launch the Earth Charter Cities program in 2016. We would be delighted to work with the Earth Charter network in this, and invite you all to please be in touch if you are interested in working with us or learning more.