The Jena Declaration (TJD) establishes guidelines and practices to accelerate progress to attain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It calls for enabling fundamental change in the everyday actions of hundreds of millions of people all over the world. Specifically, the declaration aims to stimulate more culturally-sensitive policies and programs that enhance, promote and facilitate grass roots movements that lie at the heart of such mobilization. By respecting cultural and regional diversities, the aim is to exceed the expectations of the UN SDGs before 2030, and to set the table for even greater success with each successive decade.
The Jena Declaration continues work begun at the “Humanities and Social Sciences for Sustainability” conference, held in Jena, Germany in October 2020. The conference was organized in partnership with the Canadian and German Commissions for UNESCO; The International Council for Philosophy and the Human Sciences; The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; The World Academy of Art & Science; The Club of Rome; The Academia Europaea; and The International Geographical Union. The project is coordinated by the UNESCO-Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability, held by Professor Benno Werlen at the University of Jena, Germany.
Since its adoption in March 2021, the Declaration has been endorsed by a considerable number of international organizations and initiatives in the fields of science, arts, and economics, all striving to promote sustainable development through a culturally-sensitive bottom-up approach. Among the co-signatories are renowned researchers, artists, activists and concerned citizens in civic, academic, cultural, and political spheres. Further support of concerned individuals and institutions world-wide is essential. For this movement to be successful, it is crucial that voices that have been under-represented in the development of top-down approaches to solving sustainability issues be fully engaged and heard. To that end, we appeal to young people from around the world and especially from the Global South to join us and to participate fully in the development of programs and policies that apply The Jena Declaration principles. We encourage people everywhere to support The Jena Declaration and to add their voice by adding their signature.