Earth Trusteeship: “All global citizens are equal trustees of the Earth” – for the wellbeing of future generations and the community of life

Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 19 – 21 July 2019


Earth Trusteeship has been proposed as an overarching principle for International Environmental Law (IEL). Existing environmental law does not match the challenges of acute global climate emergency. Therefor an urgent Earth Trusteeship “Appeal” was submitted as civil society contribution to the UN Working Group formulating recommendations for the UN General Assembly towards a Global Pact for the Environment.

The emerging Global Pact is a joint initiative of the French lawyers’ association and the French government, adopted by the UN, towards a binding agreement protecting (and enabling restoration of*) the integrity of “eco-system Earth”.

Late Judge C.G. Weeramantry, Sri Lanka, former Vice President of the International Court of Justice, The Hague, was the opinion that a global agreement on environmental law could in principle be co-established by existing consensus among world religions regarding humanity’s responsibility of being – and having the rights to act as – trustees of the Earth.

Trusteeship implies executing property rights and responsibilities in the benefit of others.

Customary international law that recognizes equal rights and responsibilities of global citizens towards Earth Trusteeship would be in line with indigenous worldviews perceiving natural resources as “commons” to be cared for in light of future generations.

Intercultural and inter-governmental consensus on Earth Trusteeship as intrinsic in global citizenship would provide a foundation for a new economic paradigm. The recognition of “global citizens as equal Earth Trustees” addresses inequality at a fundamental ownership level, and enables integrated governance – transcending present single-minded protection of national sovereignty – towards the realization of genuine sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Earth Trusteeship has been laid out in the Hague Principles that were adopted at the occasion of “70 Years Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, 10 December 2018, at the Peace Palace, The Hague

*) For example in the framework of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021 – 2030.


19 – 21 JULY 2019, Bangkok

Chulalongkorn University

Mahachulalongkorn building, Room 105 (Henri Dunant Road, opp. Main Auditorium).

Co-organised by a diverse partnership led by the School for Wellbeing Studies and Research, Southeast Asia campus of the Right Livelihood College.

Day 1 – Friday 19 July 16.00 – 20.00 hours Welcome Reception and Dinner with Ajarn Sulak Sivaraksa, Thailand, Founder, Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation; Ambassador of the Netherlands in Bangkok Kees Rade; Ajarn Suthipand Chirathivat, CGN; Ajarn Prapart Pintobtang, CUSRI; Dato Anwar Fazal, Malaysia, Right Livelihood College; Dasho Karma Ura, Bhutan, Centre for Bhutan & GNH Studies; Lilly Satidtamnasarn, youth activist (11 years), Stina Thanner, Right Livelihood Award Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden; and partners. Music by Panyotai Waldorf School. Forum Outline by Hans van Willenswaard, Advisor School for Wellbeing, Thailand/the Netherlands.

Day 2 – Saturday 20 July 09.00 – 20.00 hours  Right Livelihood Lecture by Prof. in Evolutionary Biology  Raúl Montenegro, National University of Cordoba, Argentina, CURLS 2019 theatre improvisation (Chula Right Livelihood Summerschool). Dialogue on Nature Rights, Global Citizenship and “reclaiming the commons”. The Rise of Earth Trusteeship. Panel I, II, III and World Café. With Professor of Law Klaus Bosselmann, New Zealand, Dasho Karma Ura, Bhutan, Alide Roerink, the Netherlands, Earth Charter, Neshan Gunasekera, Sri Lanka, World Future Council, Wallapa van Willenswaard, INI and School for Wellbeing, Thailand, Justice Suntariya Muanpawong, Supreme Court, Thailand, Aneesh Thillenkery, JAI JAGAT 2020, India, Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal, student activist, Thailand, Dr. Lasse Schuldt, Germany/Thailand, CPG, Thammasat University, Jan van de Venis, the Netherlands. Ombudsperson for Future Generations, Diana Archer, Stockholm Research Institute, Gunjan Singh, Advocate before the Supreme Court of India, Human Rights Law Network, and Mike Hayes, Mahidol Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Dinner with Tammai Ensemble.

Day 3 – Sunday 21 July 09.00 – 15.00 hours Interreligious ceremony and Panel IV World Café with Phra Win MektripopAlissa Wahid, Gusdurians, Indonesia, Yeb Sano, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Philippines, Harsha Navaratne, Sri Lanka, INEB, and Katherine Marshall, Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, USA. Closing remarks by Sulak Sivaraksa. Open Space with Somboon Chungprampree, INEB, and Rexy Prakash Chacko, Malaysia, Penang Forum.

More forum information:

The forum at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, is organized by a diverse partnership at the occasion of “10 Years” School for Wellbeing Studies and Research. The School for Wellbeing was founded in 2009 by the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, the Centre for Bhutan & GNH Studies, Thimphu, Bhutan, and the Sathirakoses Nagapradipa Foundation (established by Sulak Sivaraksa in 1968), Thailand. It is an independent platform for action-research and vision exchange.

The School for Wellbeing together with Wongsanit Ashram shape the Southeast Asia campus of the Right Livelihood College Cultural events during the Earth Trusteeship Forum include Isarn music of Tammai Ensemble directed by Anant Narkkong, music by students of Panyotai Waldorf School, Thailand, and “theatre improvisation” by participants of the international Chula Right Livelihood Summerschool (CURLS) coordinated by Marieke Vingerhoets and Jansje Flügge, the Netherlands.


Participants are encouraged to register for the full forum but can also join day by day. Forum fee: donation. Please register NOW.


Hans and Wallapa van Willenswaard and 081 – 4062260

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