1 The origins and development of the Earth Charter can be best understood in light of the development of concern for the environment within the United Nations (UN). When the UN was founded in 1945 its agenda for world security emphasized three major goals: to ensure peace and world security, to secure human rights, and to foster equitable socioeconomic development (Vilela 18; see also Peace, Right to, International Protection; Security, Right to, International Protection; Development, International Law of; Development, Right to, International Protection). Little...
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