Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics

This training programme seeks to enhance young people’s skills and knowledge to be ethical and effective sustainability leaders and implement Earth Charter-inspired projects, contributing towards a more sustainable and peaceful world.

About this course

This training initiative aims to empower young individuals with the skills and wisdom needed to become ethical and proficient leaders in sustainability. It enables them to execute projects inspired by the Earth Charter, thereby fostering a more sustainable and harmonious world.

Upon successfully concluding this program, participants will be awarded an Earth Charter International certificate. This certificate acknowledges their achievements in the “Leadership, Sustainability, and Ethics” training and extends an invitation to join the ranks of Earth Charter Young Leaders.

This programme provides a space for participants to:

    • Strengthen their knowledge and skills on leadership and sustainability.

    • Reflect on values necessary to implement sustainability from a broad, systemic and ethical vision.

    • Deepen and expand their consciousness as they examine their role in contributing to the common good.

    • Extend their network with inspiring, like-minded individuals who are implementing sustainability through ethics-based decision-making in their communities.

    • Equip themselves with insights and practical tools for leadership, sustainability and ethics in relation to the Earth Charter, which they can immediately apply in their communities.

    • Foster their confidence and courage to explore their larger role as a leader.

Course details

Learning mode
Short course
10 weeks
Time investment
3-4 hours a week
Starting date

What you’ll learn

Over the 10-week programme, participants will engage with the theory and practice of:

  • Leadership
  • Sustainability
  • Ecoliteracy
  • Systems Thinking
  • Ethics
  • Facilitation
  • The Earth Charter

Course partners

Course outline

The program utilizes an online platform and a combination of weekly local or virtual activities to immerse participants in the realms of leadership, sustainability, and ethics. The curriculum incorporates diverse multimedia approaches, such as articles, videos, written exercises, group tasks, and discussion forums. The program reaches its culmination with each participant creating and executing a local workshop.

All participants from various global regions gather for an initial and closing live video conference at the onset and conclusion of the 10-week program. Apart from these live sessions, participants have the flexibility to access the online platform and complete one weekly session at their own convenience, typically requiring 3-4 hours of commitment each week.

Participants navigate the training program at their own pace and are encouraged to interact with fellow participants through an online discussion forum. They also collaborate in a peer review process while formulating and organizing their respective workshops. Throughout the program, facilitators offer valuable support and guidance.


This unique learning opportunity is designed for young people (ages 18 to 30) who want to explore themes such as sustainability and systems thinking by applying the Earth Charter and discussing current challenges and solutions with participants from around the world. This is a great opportunity for young people to expand their international networks and learn from each participant’s lived experience.