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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.

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2015
22 December The UN General Assembly, as its 70th session, adopted the seventh resolution on Harmony with Nature as contained in the Report of the Second Committee (A/70/472/ADD.7) also available at http://bit.ly/1J3Nfhv. This resolution for the first time:
  1. Decides to initiate, in 2016, a virtual dialogue on Harmony with Nature among, inter alia, experts on Earth Jurisprudence worldwide, including those who have been active in the interactive dialogues of the General Assembly, in order to inspire citizens and societies to reconsider how they interact with the natural world in order to implement the Sustainable Development Goals in Harmony with Nature, noting that some countries recognize the rights of nature in the context of the promotion of sustainable development.
  2. Further requests that the experts submit a summary of the virtual dialogue to the General Assembly at its seventy-first session.
  3. Decides to host the virtual dialogue at the website on Harmony with Nature.
4 August The Sixth Report of the Secretary-General on Harmony with Nature was published (A/70/268).
27 April The fifth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature to commemorate International Mother Earth Day was held. The Dialogue discussed ways of achieving sustainable development goals including addressing climate change in the post-2015 Development Agenda.

2014
19 December The UN General Assembly, as its 69th session, adopted the sixth Resolution on Harmony with Nature (A/RES/69/224).This resolution requests the President of the General Assembly among others, to:
  1. Host the fifth Interactive Dialogue of the General of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature to commemorate International Mother Earth Day.
  2. To further consider existing studies and reports to further a more ethical basis of the relationship between humanity and the Earth.
  3. To further build up a knowledge network to facilitate the support and recognition of the fundamental interconnection between humanity and nature.
  4. To promote harmony with the Earth, as found in indigenous cultures, to support efforts being made from the national down to the local community level to reflect the protection of nature.
18 August The fifth Report of the Secretary-General on Harmony with Nature was published (A/69/322).
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.

2013
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.
15 August The fourth Report of the Secretary-General on Harmony with Nature was published (A/68/325).
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.

2012
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.
17 August The third Report of the Secretary-General on Harmony with Nature was published (A/67/317).
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.
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".

2011
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.
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 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.

2010
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.
19 August The first Report of the Secretary-General on Harmony with Nature was published (A/65/314).
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).

2009
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.
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).