"Driven by the Earth Charter, we inspire and support people
everywhere to create communities that are
healthy, inclusive and sustainable."


Driven by the Earth Charter, Earth Charter Cities is a collaborative movement that brings together passionate amateurs, experts, organizations and frameworks from across the world to inspire exponential improvements in principle areas of the Earth Charter and Earth Charter Cities Manifesto. 

The Earth Charter Cities Manifesto is a call to action for all of us. It was developed by Gerben van Straaten of World of Walas to help communities realize the Earth Charter. After an almost 2 year drafting process with key stakeholders of the Earth Charter, the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto was launched in The Hague in 2010. 

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Driven by the Earth Charter, Earth Charter Cities inspires and supports people everywhere
to create communities that are healthy, inclusive and sustainable.

We are a collaborative movement, bringing together passionate amateurs,
experts and organizations to inspire exponential improvements in key principle areas
of the Earth Charter and Earth Charter Cities Manifesto.


Our vision is a world of responsible people in sustainable communities everywhere.

"Cities are the ecosystems within the larger ecosystem of the Earth."

- Jane Jacobs


Any individual or entity that shares the values of Earth Charter is invited to participate in Earth Charter Cities. However, we recognize key organizations will help us realize our vision: Cities, Communities, Companies, Colleges and Universities, Conferences and Certification frameworks.


Cities host over 50% of the world’s population. It is expected that by 2025, 75% of people will live in an urban environment. Cities present the most pressing... READ MORE


As part of the ECC, colleges and universities have opportunities to both teach and learn. Students helping communities, companies running pilots to... READ MORE


Companies are driven to improve and innovate profitably, sometimes with unintended consequences. The Earth Charter and Earth Charter City Manifesto... READ MORE


Whether it’s a neighbourhood, an environmental non-profit, or an established group of people dedicated to making the world a better place, communities... READ MORE


Conferences are where we meet face to face with the people who share our values and vision. This is the place to meet potential partners and clients... READ MORE


So many certification frameworks share values with the Earth Charter and Earth Charter Cities. Together, we can help cities and communities ... READ MORE

"Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable."

-Goal 11, UN Sustainable Development Goals


Earth Charter Cities endorse the Earth Charter and actively commit to ongoing improvements through an iterative process with 4 key phases: self-awareness, self-assessment, self-improvement and self-reporting. Partners are also invited to build connections and to collaborate with each other.


The first step to improvement is awareness and a desire to improve.


Once a community acknowledges they would like to improve, the ECC Self-Assessment will guide them through an


A comprehensive self-improvement plan will help guide decision makers and funding decisions to help communities reach their goals.



Earth Charter Cities is running a course in collaboration with Earth Charter International. This Earth Charter Cities Course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to take urban sustainability practices to higher levels by using the Earth Charter and the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto. This course helps participants develop a broad approach to sustainability and make the EC Principles actionable at an urban level. This experience seeks to build a pool of experts and consultants with a systemic and ethical approach to sustainability, who are able to provide quality support and guidance to cities facing challenges during their development and planning process.

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