About Voices


Dr Laurent Bontoux, European Commission

The Jena Dec­la­ra­tion must be the basis to feed our imag­i­na­tion to cre­ate sus­tain­able futures.

Howard Blumenthal, Media executive, producer, author and scholar, University of Pennsylvania and University of Virginia

As one of the first sign­ers of The Jena Dec­la­ra­tion, I believe 21st Cen­tu­ry progress relies upon region­al and inter­na­tion­al col­lab­o­ra­tion. We must work togeth­er across age groups and ide­olo­gies, income and gen­der dif­fer­ences, polit­i­cal and social con­di­tions, and our dif­fi­cult his­to­ries. This is not easy to do, but it is both essen­tial and the core of mod­ern education.

Luiz Oosterbeek, President of the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences

We believe sev­er­al part­ner­ship ini­tia­tives may be con­sid­ered, name­ly in the frame­work of imple­ment­ing the prin­ci­ples and vision of The Jena Dec­la­ra­tion and the BRIDGES coali­tion pro­gramme of UNESCO, both of which CIPSH is a found­ing partner.

Garry Jacobs, President of the World Academy of Art and Science

It will take a broad-based glob­al social move­ment to change think­ing and action for the tran­si­tion towards sus­tain­able pros­per­i­ty. This requires fine tun­ing to local needs and conditions.

Louis Majois, President Global Sustainability Partnerships | International Global Congress Chair

Doing noth­ing is not an option — It is there­fore of the upmost impor­tance for us all to work along­side each oth­er and make an impact, together!

Joris E Van Wezemael, Trusted advisor in spatial transformation Zurich, Switzerland

Good stuff. Keep on with it!

Ray Toh, ITC Counsel, Melbourne, Australia

The Jena Dec­la­ra­tion Prin­ci­ples are excel­lent in all essence, encom­pass­ing all vari­ables, point­ing to engage­ment and the most impor­tant vari­able – out­comes equat­ing to solu­tions. I have signed the Jena Dec­la­ra­tion, and give my full sup­port, on its essence of pro­gres­sion on solu­tions that we need as there is no Plan­et B.

Ray Toh, ITC Counsel, Melbourne, Australia

Excel­lent ini­tia­tive for glob­al mobi­liza­tion and this needs to be done. Look­ing very promis­ing and it will be achieved.

Susanne Cook-Greuter, Wayland, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Glad to hear that such a doc­u­ment has been craft­ed. I am hap­py to sign espe­cial­ly now that the IDG has opened the door to non-WEIRD cul­tures and values.

Sorin Hermon, Professor in Digital Cultural Heritage, The Cyprus Institute, Cyprus

Thank you for advanc­ing this impor­tant initiative!

Timothe Karangwa, Agronomist of Karago sector, Nyabihu, Rwanda

I’m very proud to work with you and to be your ambas­sador in this great lakes region and East Africa Com­mu­ni­ty par­tic­u­lar here in Rwanda. 

Adedoyin Adeleke, Founder/Executive Director, Green Growth Africa, Ibadan, Nigeria

Becom­ing a part­ner of TJD could be of inter­est. Per­haps, we can work togeth­er on our Eco­Heroes Ini­tia­tive with high school stu­dents in Africa and glob­al north on Edu­ca­tion for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment (ESD) which we have been imple­ment­ing for some years now.

Valeria Díaz, Environmental Consultant, La Paz, Bolivia

I wish The Jena Dec­la­ra­tion suc­cess in its endeav­ors, and I hope it can inspire pos­i­tive change and aware­ness regard­ing sus­tain­able prac­tices for a bet­ter future. As an envi­ron­men­tal engi­neer spe­cial­iz­ing in cli­mate change projects, I hold immense admi­ra­tion for the valu­able work you engage in. If there is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­tic­i­pate in any relat­ed ini­tia­tives or projects, I would be thrilled to be con­sid­ered. Please don’t hes­i­tate to reach out and let me know.

Thomas F Thornton, Director, Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center at University of Alaska Southeast, Janeau, Alaska, U.S.A.

Cul­tur­al­ly and region­al­ly adapt­ed’ is impor­tant to under­stand in his­tor­i­cal eco­log­i­cal and contemporary/​future social-eco­log­i­cal terms. It would be good to see more large-scale stud­ies of the his­tor­i­cal eco­log­i­cal dimen­sions of adap­ta­tion to support/​guide fur­ther work.

Marilyn Smith, Executive Director at The ENERGY ACTION Project / ORENDA Communications, Aubervilliers, France

I work in the area of boost­ing ener­gy lit­er­a­cy and rais­ing aware­ness of the need for ener­gy jus­tice in the clean tran­si­tion. I would be very inter­est­ed to see if there are ways we can become more direct­ly involved in your cam­paign to encour­age peo­ple to prac­tice more sus­tain­able ener­gy behav­iours in their dai­ly lives. We have start­ed a small SoMe cam­paign that we will launch in the fall.

Carlos García-Bañón Sanz-Briz, Profesor asociado del Máster en Smart Cities, Madrid, Spain

You are doing a great job. Only beau­ty and cul­ture will save us!

Jennifer Rao-Williams, Founder and Director @J-RAO, United Kingdom

Thank you for the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn more about the TJD. I’ve joined the page and look for­ward to learn­ing more about this com­mu­ni­ty — as an intern at UNESCO HQ over 10 years ago, I am glad to keep con­nect­ed with the work of such organizations.

Lene Søvold, Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Advisor & Researcher, Bergen, Norway

Such ini­tia­tives are much need­ed, and I am hap­py to see that it is already well endorsed by key part­ner orga­ni­za­tions. I’ve just read through it, and I am hap­py to sign and sup­port it as well.

Jose Saiz de Omeñaca Monzón, Madrid, Spain

Very inter­est­ing ini­tia­tive and very nec­es­sary to help to reach sus­tain­abil­i­ty. It’s a plea­sure and hon­or to be con­tact­ed to sign in LinkedIn account and sign the dec­la­ra­tion to help and coop­er­ate in this sub­ject. It will be plea­sure to be in con­tact and to be part of oth­er initiatives.

Soumya Kappalliyil, Educator at Credence High School Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I deeply appre­ci­ate and respect the noble cause.

Paul Schafer, Founder and director of the World Culture Project (WCP), Ontario, Canada

I am deeply and ful­ly com­mit­ted to the valu­able work you and your col­leagues are doing with respect to sus­tain­abil­i­ty and the Jena declaration.

Andy Innes, Composer at The Scoring Studio, Johannesburg, South Africa

I’ll head over there now. Con­grat­u­la­tions on the sus­tained effort and impor­tant work.

Donizete Beck, Urban Studies, Sustainability & Administrative Sciences, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Thank you for let­ting me know about the Jena Dec­la­ra­tion. After read­ing it, I total­ly agreed with the let­ter, and thus, I signed it! Con­grat­u­la­tions on all this impor­tant work! I hope that our world becomes even more bet­ter and better.

Srishti Gautam, Programme Officer at United Nations Global Compact Network India, New Delhi, Delhi, India

It’s great to know about the new ini­tia­tive tak­en in the area of Sus­tain­abil­i­ty. I wish you and your team the best. I have fol­lowed as well as signed and I would sup­port you how­ev­er I can. Thanks again.

Jane Durgom-Powers, New York, U.S.A.

I very much appre­ci­ate this infor­ma­tion. Let’s keep in touch because I think your endeav­ors sound excel­lent and I’m always going to sup­port excel­lent endeavors.

Muji Bekomson, Digital Health Startup Founder, Calabar, Cross river State, Nigeria

This sounds like an impact­ful ini­tia­tive, and I’ll be glad to help in any way I can.

Atta Ulla, Department of Sociology, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Thank you so much for reach­ing me out and shar­ing the link. I would love to con­tribute to your cause. I’m PhD schol­ar at the Depart­ment of Soci­ol­o­gy at Inter­na­tion­al Islam­ic uni­ver­si­ty Islam­abad. The depart­ment of soci­ol­o­gy always look­ing for mutu­al col­lab­o­ra­tion for good cause.

Renato Athias, NEPE - Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE), Brazil

I would like to draw greater atten­tion to the fact that all forms of human lan­guages and expres­sions are cul­tur­al­ly, region­al­ly and his­tor­i­cal­ly local­ized. Based on this, I sup­port every­one to devel­op inclu­sive solu­tions adapt­ed to local con­di­tions that are demo­c­ra­t­i­cal­ly and social­ly inclusive.

Daniel Akpaasou, Acting Director Students Affairs, Maryam Abacha American University of Niger Republic

I am delight­ed to be here. I strong­ly believe that every­one deserve an oppor­tu­ni­ty. Give some­one you can an opportunity!

Maria MacAndrew, my zalu

Invest­ing in the edu­ca­tion and empow­er­ment of young minds on the prin­ci­ples of resource con­ser­va­tion, respon­si­ble con­sump­tion, and envi­ron­men­tal aware­ness is essen­tial to build­ing a sus­tain­able future. By pri­or­i­tiz­ing this dur­ing the Decade of Action,” we can ensure that the lessons embraced in child­hood nat­u­ral­ly trans­late into a gen­uine and last­ing com­mit­ment to the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals.