The Institute for Planetary Synthesis is an NGO in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and was founded in 1981 in Geneva. It aims at reawakening an awareness of spiritual values in daily life and promoting planetary awareness, leading to planetary citizenship based on the spiritual values: love of truth, personal responsibility, sense of justice, constructive co-operation and selfless service of the greater whole. The Institute works to make known the 10 seed-group structure, the 10 fields of service*, as a possible basis for the future world culture and civilisation. ​

* The ten fields of service are: education, politics, religion, science, psychology, economics (including finance), communication (including telepathy), enlightened observation, healing and creativity.

    Transforming Our World in Harmony with Nature

    TRANSFORMING OUR WORLD IN HARMONY WITH NATURE, INTEGRATING NATURE INTO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SDGS

    Nature is fundamental to the Economy and Society, the other two dimensions of sustainable development: It provides the resources that fuel the economy and human life itself. Moreover, while we, human beings, create our societies and economies, we are an integral part of Nature. We consist by virtue of the air we breathe, the water and biodiversity that nourishes us and our life energy: We are an integral part of Nature. Living in harmony with Nature requires not a human but a Nature-centric intuitive, approach.

    After the two years during which the SDGs were being developed it became clear that social and economic concerns were being dealt with more urgently than our rapidly deteriorating relationship with Nature and thereby human beings were transgressing Nature's planetary boundaries necessary for human life.

    The Partnership on the Rights of Nature. Integrating Nature into the Implementation of the SDGs, of which the IPS was a founding member, consisting of academics, indigenous peoples, civil society organizations and Nature communicators undertook as a part of the UN's Partnership Exchange to write reports, based on input from around the world, whereby a Nature-centric approach would be applied to all of the SDGs and almost all of the targets. They both completed these reports, and brought them together in this trilogy, arranged according to the SDGs that were the focus of discussions at the High Level Political Forums in 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively. These are teaching manuals, reference works, and guides for government ministries, whch can be used as follows:

    1. To get insight into what constitutes a Nature-centric approach, read the Executive Summaries of the books that contain the goals that interest you most; and then read the Introductions and Conclusions to each of the 9 chapters in Part Two of the first book, mentioned below. This book was written last and contains most diverse features.

    2. To get ideas about how a Nature-centric approach can be applied to any of the SDGs or targets, just consult the relevant report. These are mentioned beside the appropriate link.

    3. If you are part of a government ministry or a civil society organization, check the chapter(s) in Part Two of each of the three books for “Means of Implementing” those SDGs that relate to focus of your work (SDG 17. Means of Implementation.)

    Here are the links:

    Transforming our World in Harmony with Nature. Integrating Nature into Rights of Nature: Integrating Nature into SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 14 and 17
    Transforming our World in Harmony with Nature. Integrating Nature into Rights of Nature: Integrating Nature into SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17
    Transforming our World in Harmony with Nature. Integrating Nature into Rights of Nature: Integrating Nature into SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13, 16, and 17

    General Assembly 2020

    The Triennial General Assembly of the IPS was held on 3 May 2020.

    The reports presented at the meeting, and the minutes of the meeting are available under "Publications", in English only.

    Declaration on the Right to Peace

    We are glad to announce that on Monday 19 December the plenary of the General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Right to Peace by majority of its Member States in resolution A/RES/71/189.

    A process of 20 years, after the first attempt by UNESCO in 1997, is over.

    A detailed article on the Declaration, written by David Fernandez Puyana, was published in Elaph, a leading independent newspaper for the whole Arab region.

    Click here to read the article.

    Events organised by IPS Geneva

    IPS General Assembly

    The triannual General Assembly of the IPS was held on Sunday, 3 May 2020.

    The conference documents are available under "Publications".

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