In 2008, Damanhur was commended for exemplifying the principles of the Earth Charter by the late Ruud Lubbers, one of the Founding Fathers of the Earth Charter and former Prime Minister of the Netherlands; and Ashok Khosla, Chair of Development Alternatives, India, and former President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and of the Club of Rome. The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society for the 21st century.