Landscape, Bolivia (Courtesy of Marianne Morin)

Chronology of Harmony with Nature

In 2009, under the leadership of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, intergovernmental negotiations were initiated on the principles of Harmony with Nature. The following chronology highlights the activities that have taken place in this regard, starting with the declaration of International Mother Earth Day on 22 April 2009 by the General Assembly.


2009
22 April The UN General Assembly, at its 63rd session, proclaimed 22 April "International Mother Earth Day"(A/RES/63/278).
Mr. Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, delivered a statement at the General Assembly on the declaration of International Mother Earth Day (A/63/PV.80).
21 December The first UN General Assembly Resolution on Harmony with Nature (A/RES/64/196) was adopted. This resolution requests the Secretary-General to issue a first Report of the Secretary-General on Harmony with Nature.

2010
22 April The UN General Assembly, at its 64th session, commemorated International Mother Earth Day.
A special meeting of the General Assembly was held at this occasion (A/64/PV.84).
19 August The first Report of the Secretary-General on Harmony with Nature was published (A/65/314).
20 December The UN General Assembly, at its 65th session, adopted the second Resolution on Harmony with Nature (A/RES/65/164). This resolution requests the Secretary-General to:
  1. Host the first Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly to commemorate International Mother Earth Day.
  2. Issue a second Report of the Secretary-General on Harmony with Nature.
  3. Start developing the Harmony with Nature website.
2011
22 April The first Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature was held to commemorate International Mother Earth Day. The Dialogue discussed ways to promote a holistic approach to sustainable development in Harmony with Nature as well and sharing national experiences on criteria and indicators to measure sustainable development in harmony with nature.
15 August The second Report of the Secretary-General on Harmony with Nature (A/66/302) was published. The development of the Harmony with Nature website began.
22 December The UN General Assembly, at its 66th session, adopted the third Resolution on Harmony with Nature (A/RES/66/204). This resolution requests the Secretary-General to:
  1. Host the second Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature to commemorate International Mother Earth Day.
  2. Issue the third Report of the Secretary-General on Harmony with Nature.
  3. Strengthen the development of the Harmony with Nature website on time for the Rio+20 Conference.
2012
20 April The second Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature to commemorate International Mother Earth Day was held. The Dialogue discussed "Scientific findings on the impacts of human activities on the functioning of the Earth System".
20-22 June United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), outcome document "The Future We Want", paragraph 39 on Harmony with Nature.
20 June On the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this website was launched.
17 August The third Report of the Secretary-General on Harmony with Nature was published (A/67/317).
21 December The UN General Assembly, at its 67th session, adopted the fourth Resolution on Harmony with Nature (A/RES/67/214). This resolution requests the President of the General Assembly to:
  1. Host the third Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature to commemorate International Mother Earth Day.
  2. Continue to further strengthen the Harmony with Nature website.
  3. Issue the fourth Report of the Secretary-General on Harmony with Nature as an input for the discussion on the United Nations development agenda post- 2015.

2013
22 April The third Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature to commemorate International Mother Earth Day was held. The Dialogue discussed different economic approaches to further a more ethical basis for the relationship between humanity and the Earth.
15 August The fourth Report of the Secretary-General on Harmony with Nature was published (A/68/325).
4 December The UN General Assembly, at its 68th session, adopted the fifth Resolution on Harmony with Nature (A/RES/68/216). This resolution requests the President of the General Assembly to:
  1. Host the fourth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature to commemorate International Mother Earth Day.
  2. Invite Member States to consider existing studies and reports on Harmony with Nature, including the follow-up to the discussions at the interactive dialogues of the General Assembly, such as the dialogue held on 22 April 2013 on different economic approaches, in the context of sustainable development, in order to further a more ethical basis of the relationship between humanity and the Earth, and to promote further studies on this subject.
  3. Encourage giving appropriate consideration to the issue of Harmony with Nature in the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda.
  4. Continue to further strenghten the Harmony with Nature website.

2014
22 April The fourth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature to commemorate International Mother Earth Day was held.The Dialogue discussed key characteristics of a new, non-anthropocentric paradigm and further identified strategies on how the society subsequently would need to function consistent with this paradigm.