What Emarat Al-Ard stands for?
In the Andean culture of southern America, ‘buen vivir’ (good living or well living) is a worldview that values ‘a fullness of life in a community with others and with nature. A view that has been recently incorporated in Bolivia’s constitution as an ethical principle to guide the state.
Similarly, Emarat Al-Ard, which is an Arabic word for ‘the development of earth’, is a concept that has its roots in Islam and prioritises not only economic growth and the material wellbeing but also the moral and spiritual well-being of all individuals. It views human beings as the trustees of the earth and hence are responsible for building a prosperous world and civilisation that honours all human beings, living creatures and their environment. Guided by the objectives (maqasid) of Islamic law, Emarat Al-Ard emphasises safeguarding the dimensions of lives, faith, intellect, wealth, and progeny.
Accordingly, Emarat Al-Ard is a holistic and inclusive approach that aims to achieve balance across all aspects of development, offering a more comprehensive, balanced and inclusive form of sustainable development.
“A comprehensive, balanced and inclusive sustainable development that promotes not only the material but also the moral and spiritual wellbeing of humans, as well as the wellbeing of all living creatures and their environment”
To promote human development and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by focusing on enhancing the lives, faith, intellect, and wealth of current and future generations. To guide and support state and non-state actors in developing and assessing their sustainability policies, strategies, performance, maximise their impact at both national and local levels and fulfil their national and international sustainability commitments.