Following the publication of a book by UNESCO entitled Universalism and Ethical Values for the Environment, which was co-authored in partnership with the Sikh Human Rights Group (SHRG) and the Eubios Ethics Institute, it was decided by the SHRG and the Eubios Ethics Institute to create an online platform that would seek to encourage different worldviews of nature and to integrate the differing perspectives, philosophies and ideas into the United Nations work on sustainable development, which is now collectively referred to as the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Therefore, the world views of nature project seeks to explore and integrate indigenous and traditional knowledge, wisdoms, ideas, philosophies and practices that have stood the test of time into the UN SDGs in order to influence people from different cultures to adopt more ecologically sound and environmentally friendly practices into their daily routines.
The SHRG facilitates the worldviews of nature project by providing access to the vast UN system and integrating the project with the work of the UNs, which in this instance is the UN SDGs. We also create partnerships for Eubios with our international affiliates such as the Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems in South Africa.
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The Eubios Ethics Institute
The Eubios Ethics Institute is a non-profit organisation that aims to stimulate the international discussion of ethical issues, and how we may use technology in ways consistent with a ‘good life’ (equ-bios). It aims at integrated and cross-cultural approaches to bioethics and has a global network of members and partners.
The Eubios Ethics Institute was founded by Dr Darryl Macer (who currently sits on the SHRGs board of directors) in 1990 in Christchurch, New Zealand and in Tsukuba Science City, Japan. It was one of the first bioethics centres to be founded in Asia in 1990. In 2005 Bangkok (Thailand) was added as a third location.
Since 1990 the Eubios Ethics Institute has cooperated with many individuals and groups, including UNESCO and UNU, Asian Bioethics Association, AUSN, youth networks, in its ongoing endeavour to empower people to be free thinkers when it comes to changing the world, motivating the youth to be leaders, and honing the skills of human rights and environmental professionals.
The Eubios Ethics Institute is determined to encourage practical activities built upon the results of research to implement policy, consistent with the goals and needs of various communities around the world. Their web site was created in conjunction with the SHRG to disseminate information and now contains thousands of files. Since 1990 they have also hosted the websites of other independent environmental entities and reports.
They are open to collaboration and consultation on the full range of topics in peace and understanding, applied ethics, youth empowerment, bioethics research, environmental ethics, and in the past have been involved in contracted research for a wide variety of areas including bioethics education across more than twenty countries of the world, community engagement for genetically modified organisms, community engagement for the Haplotype Mapping (HapMap) project in human genetics, informed consent, and public attitudes towards life, science and technology. Although most activities have been conducted in Asia and the Pacific, projects have also been undertaken in every continent.
To learn more about the Eubios Ethics Institute and the invaluable that they are doing please click on the following web address: