Who has signed the Charter?

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"How many people have signed the Charter?", we hesitate and say, well over 2 million, realizing that even this is an estimate. Knowing how many people have signed the Charter is a difficult task to gauge.  We know how many have come to our website to sign it: about 120,000 currently.  Of course, that number grows daily.  We did not have a recording feature in place to number all those signatures in the early days of the Charter.  For example, to capture the more than 160,000 people who contributed their ideas to what should be in the Charter.  We know that Dublin had a signature campaign early on, and that Pakistan and Australia are running campaigns to collect one million signatures each.  We also know that churches, synagoues and mosques and various organizations from the West Bank to the United Kingdom have been collecting signatures. So when the question is asked, we can only estimate. We urge you, if you are involved in a campaign to promote the Charter, please have people enter their names on our website, or if you can't at the time, send us the names and e-mail addresses and we'll see that they get in our listing. 

Here follows the names of people, many well know to you, who have agreed to lend their name as having affirmed the Charter.

Adrian Grenier: actor, director, musician and producer

Alain de Botton: Swiss writer, philosopher, and television personality

Ali Asani: professor of Indo-Muslim Religion and Cultures

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: South African social rights activist and a retired Anglican Bishop

Baroness Julia Neuberger: author and a member of the British House of Lords

Bishop John Bryson Chane: bishop in the Episcopal Church

Bro. Paulus Terwitte: monk and moderator of the parochial show “So Gesehen” on the German TV

Candido Mendes: Brazilian teacher, educator, lawyer, sociologist, political scientist and essayist 

Chandra Muzaffar: political scientist, and an Islamic reformist and acitivist

Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece: investment consultant and was heir apparent to the Greek throne

Dave Eggers: American writer, editor, and publisher

David Lynch: American film director, visual artist and musician

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Deepak Chopra: public speaker, writer, and physician

Djimon Hounsou: actor and model in the United States

Dr. Abdul Sattar Edhi: social activist and humanitarian 

Dr. Helene Gayle: CEO and president of CARE USA

Eboo Patel: American Ismaili and member of president Barak Obama's inaugural Advisory Council

Edie Brickell: American singer and song writer

Elizabeth Gilbert: An author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist and memoirist

Emmanuel Jal: former child soilder, activist and musician 

Emma's Revolution: duo of award-winning activist musicians, Pat Humphries and Sandy O

Eve Ensler: playwright, feminist, and activist

Forest Whitaker: actor, producer and director 

Goldie Hawn: American actress

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H.M. Queen Noor of Jordan: President of the United World Colleges movement 

H.M. Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan: advocate for education, health, and advocate of the anti-nuclear weapons proliferation campaign Global Zero

Ha Vinh Tho: program director of the Gross National Happiness centre of Bhutan 

H.H. Dalai Lama: spirtual leader of Tibet 

H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Sooud Al-Qasimi: member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates

H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan: co-chairman of the Independent Bureau for Humanitarian Issues and member of the Jordanian Royal Family

Isabel Allende: author and journalist

Jean Zaru: Palestinian Quaker who is a founding member of Sabeel

Jody Williams: American political activist known for her work in banning anti-personnel landmines

Karen Armstrong: British author and commentator known for her books on comparative religion, founder of the Charter for Compassion

Kenneth Cole: founder of Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.

Lauren Bush: CEO, creative director, and Co-Founder of FEED projects

Marti Ahtisari: Finnish politician and a Nobel Peace prize laureate

Meg Ryan: American actress and producer

Melissa Etheridge: singer and musician

Mohammad Ali: retired professonial boxer and humanitarian

Mohsen Kadivar: Iranian philosopher, university lecturer, cleric and activist

Muna Abu-Salayman: influential Arab and Muslim Media personality

Paul Simon: American musician, actor and singer-songwriter.

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Peter Gabriel: English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist

Pierre & Pamela Omidyar: French-born Iranian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist

Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark: member of board of the Anna-Maria Foundation, designed to help victims of natural disasters

Prof. Dr .Din Syamsuddin: politician and Chairman of Muhammadiyah

Prof. Robert Thurman: American Buddhist writer

Quincy Jones: American record producer, conductor, arranger, composer and musician

Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp: Rabbi of the Liberal Jewish Community in The Hague

Rabbi David Saperstein: American rabbi, lawyer and Jewish community leader

Rainn Wilson: American actor, best known for his role as Dwight Schrute

Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell: chair of the Board of Trustees and the Global Compassion Council; former General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches

Rev. Peter Storey: South African Methodist minister

Rose Mapendo: Congolese human rights activist, she founded the Mapendo New Horizons Foundation

Sadhvi Chaitanya: Spiritual director and author

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche: The head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and Shambhala International

Salman Ahmed: Pakistani musician, rock guitarist, physician, activist, and the professor at the City University of New York

Seyyed Hossein Nasr: Iranian University Professor of Islamic studies at George Washington University

Shaykh Abdullah Bin Bayyah: president of the forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim soecitites 

Shaykh Hamza Yusuf: American Islamic scholar

Sheikh Ali Gomaa: Eygptian scholar, jurist, and public figure

Shiv Khemka: vice chairman of the SUN group, and public speaker

Sir Ken Robinson: English author, speaker and international advisor

Sir Richard Branson: English businessman and investor and founder of Virgin Group

Sister Joan Chittister: Benedictine nun, author and speaker 

Swami Dayananda: monk of the Hindu monastic order and a renowned traditional teacher of Advaita Vedanta

Tariq Ramadan: Swiss writer and academic philospher

Tu Wei Ming: ethicist and a new Confucian, professor of philosophy

Vusi Mahlasela: Sotho South African singer-songwriter

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