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Peoples everywhere are expecting governments to overcome national interests and meet the current crises with an international reference text on the obligation of responsibility. We ask individuals and organizations to support our Call to move toward a Charter of Universal Responsibilities. Read, sign, and pass it on!

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The following CALL ON GOVERNMENTS issued by members of the Forum on Ethics & Responsibilities appeals to Governments of Member States of the United Nations to take the historic and courageous decision of starting up a process toward the creation of a Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities as a complement to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Peoples all around the globe expect governments to respond to the current crises by overcoming national interests and creating an international reference text pertaining to the obligation to assume responsibility, to evaluate the impacts of far-reaching decisions and to account for the consequences of actions.
Individuals and organizations are invited to sign this CALL as well, thus multiplying and reinforcing the voice of the peoples of the world.

You can download the printed version of the following text as well as the Charter draft so you can read it. If you wish to support this call, contact Edith Sizoo (click on her name and scroll down to the end of the page to get a message form) to let her know that you would like to sign, mentioning:
- your name
- your country
- your e-mail address (it will not be made available on line)
- your organization and/or occupation, and please specify if you are signing as an individual or for your organization
- any further comments (we are interested in your opinions!) if you so wish

The list of signatories in the online text does not display e-mail addresses, only names and organizations/occupations.

Call on Governments

For a Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities To be put on the agenda of the international community

The undersigned, members of the international Forum of Ethics & Responsibility, [1] who represent professional and social networks nationally and internationally, call on their respective governments to show determination to address the current crises facing humanity and the planet.

Growing exasperation
In numerous countries of the world pressures on the population have been aggravated by environmental disasters and the consequences of the financial and economic crises. There is also little hope of reaching effective agreements at the international political level.

A missing link
The protection of Human Rights is laid down in the Universal Declaration of 1948 and the subsequent conventions for its implementation that gave rise to national and international jurisprudence. There is no such international reference text pertaining to the obligation to assume responsibility, to evaluate the impacts of far-reaching decisions and to account for the consequences of actions, whether the actors are individuals, organizations, corporate businesses or governments.
And yet, responsibility for safeguarding the environment and ensuring a life of dignity for the present and future generations is a common task that has to be shared by all, be it at different degrees.

Filling a gap
A new international ethical founding text is needed, a “third pillar” for international life, as an indispensable complement to the Charter of the United Nations, which covers peace and development, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A Charter of Universal Responsibilities will be certain to stimulate the application of the principle of precaution, to encourage sustainable use of natural resources, and to enhance social equity and well-being. Moreover, it can provide an international legal base to counteract breaches of responsibility at various levels and sectors of human activity.

1992… a moment of hope
Twenty years ago, the first Earth Summit took place in Rio. Many of the people involved had high hopes for global progress. Three years earlier, the Berlin wall had fallen and a new peaceful world order was supposed to emerge, supported by a worldwide extension of democratic rule and the free market. At the same time, the 1992 Rio Summit acknowledged that climate change and environmental degradation had to be addressed. The concept of sustainable development was introduced. It was meant to guide efforts to bring about consistency among environmental, economic, and social activities.

2012… disenchantment
Twenty years later, who could deny the disenchantment? The global economy has produced prosperity, but high levels of poverty remain, and inequality has increased significantly. In many countries social cohesion is at risk. And in spite of the idea of sustainable development, the actual negative impact of human activities on the biosphere and its subsequent impact on human beings are ever growing. All this is raising doubts regarding the dominant development model and the space it is leaving to financial capitalism.
High hopes that the UN Conference called RIO+20, held in June 2012, would turn the tide, proved to be unfounded. Among citizens, it was generally felt that the final Declaration of the Heads of State entitled “The future we want”, showed that another historical moment had dramatically been missed.

After Rio+20: which way forward ? All around the world, there is widespread concern about the unsatisfying outcome of the Rio+20 Conference. At the same time, there is great desire emerging from civil societies to find a way forward to meet the challenges of this millennium. How?
First, the issue of global interdependence has to be squarely addressed. Political and economic leaders, whose actions affect the whole world, are only accountable to their constituency or shareholders, and they are legally bound only in terms of their national laws. Global interdependence, however, requires accountability at the international level.
Second, the current international agenda addresses issues like: a) green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and b) the institutional framework for sustainable development. These are valid issues indeed. However, the question is whether the discussions on these themes will address the fundamental crisis underlying the current environmental, economic, financial and social crises, i.e. the absence of an unequivocal agreement on the essential question of who is responsible for what and accountable to whom.

Responsibility… a universal idea
The idea of responsibility can be found in every culture. It is the core of social fabric, the basis of reciprocity in human relations, and the corollary of human rights. And just like global interdependence among all countries, responsibilities have become universal.
We are thinking of Bangladesh and other low-lying countries or island states. With the rising of the sea due to greenhouse gases and climate change, their very existence is at stake. Is this the outcome of their own actions, or a result of wider negligence? Who to turn to when it comes to setting up a coordinated plan to diminish this silent crime against humanity? Identifying responsibilities is needed in order to build paths to the solutions to such disasters.
We see a call for responsibility emerging everywhere, typically illustrated by a worldwide movement in favor of corporate social responsibility. These calls need to be supported; they need to be given a political response at the international level. Otherwise, the response may only be to search for scapegoats.
The time has come to accept the fact that global interdependence must be translated into international directives. This is why the UN General Assembly should assume the responsibility of building a third pillar to sustain the global community.

Civil societies have taken the lead …
Over the last ten years, the undersigned, participants in the international Forum of Ethics & Responsibilities, have initiated, with a number of social and professional groups, a process in some twenty countries around the world aiming to generate “cultures of responsibility.” Given the unprecedented seriousness of the situation humanity is now facing, we feel that the time has come to turn to our governments to ask them to follow up on these initiatives, and to consolidate and reinforce them by establishing an international reference text on human responsibilities.

… Will governments follow up?
We are calling on national and international leaders to exercise courage and discernment in their duties to the people who elected them. We call on them to commit themselves through a new and concrete approach to the creation of a “community of destiny” based on the recognition of the challenges to be shared.
We are at the crossroads of history. In order to bring about a moment of decisive change, we are asking our governments to support any initiative from a country or a group of countries aiming to start up a process at the international governmental level that sets out a roadmap to the adoption of a Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities. . [2]

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Photo credits:
(above) Community Art - Responsibility by Roland Tanglao
(below) Pen & Ink by Luca Zappa

This Call on Governments is issued by partners of the Forum of Ethics & Responsibilities and supported by the persons and organizations mentioned below

To contact someone in this list, click on his or her name. You will get a page with a form through which you can send a message.

Partners of the Forum of Ethics & Responsibilities

General Coordination team
- General Coordinator: Edith Sizoo
- Communication Officer: Nadia Gianoli

Representatives of Professional or Social Networks
- Asian Alliance for Solidarity Economy: Ben Quiñones (Philippines)
- IRESCA – Company Managers: Michel Dessaigne (France)
- European SPES-forum – Business Ethics: Hendrik Opdebeeck (Belgium)
- World Forum Lille / Responsible Economy – Corporate Social Responsibility: Climène Koechlin (France)
- RESPONSE – Governance & Environmental Responsibility: Te Kawehau Hoskins (New Zealand)
- International Network in Environmental Education: Yolanda Ziaka (Greece)
- Human Rights and Responsibilities: V.J. Byra Reddy (India)
- Jurists Network: Philippe Pedrot
- International Alliance of Military for Peace and Security: Manfred Rosenberger (Germany/France)
- International Alliance of Journalists: Manola Gardez (France)
- Association Monde Pluriel and Global Classroom Initiative – Youth Sector: Pinky Cupino (Philippines), Lydia Nicollet (France), and Delphine Leroux (France)
- Community Organizers: Nina Gregg (USA)
- Social Pacts: Diego Escobar (Colombia)
- Migrants: Ricardo Jiménez (Chile)
- International Alliance of Inhabitants: Cristina Reynals (Argentina) and Cesare Ottolini (Italy)
- Retirees: Pierre Caro (France)
- Global Ethics Network for Applied Ethics: Christoph Stueckelberger (Switzerland) and Nadia Gianoli (Switzerland)

Regional Representatives
- ASIA: Sudha Reddy
- LATIN AMERICA except South Cone: Isis de Palma
- LATIN AMERICA South Cone: Ricardo Jiménez
- PACIFIC: Betsan Martin

Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation (FPH)
- Chairman of the Board, Pierre Calame


Persons and Organizations supporting the CALL ON GOVERNMENTS


- CENTRE DES JEUNES DIRIGEANTS pour une économie au service de l’Homme et de la Vie (France), Michel MEUNIER, Chairman
- Instituto Ágora em Defesa do Eleitor e de Democracia (Brazil), Gilberto de Palma, Institutional Director
- Alampyme.BR Associação Latinoamericana de Micro, Pequenas e Médias Empresas (Brazil), Sergio Miletto, Chairman
- APPEND (Philippines): Virginia P. Juan, President
- CHANGE MOB-Project solutions (Brazil): João Felipe Scarpelini, Chairman
- FICEMÉA Fédération internationale des centres d’entraînement aux méthodes d’éducation active (Belgium): Marc Geneve, Secretary General
- Maximo T. Kalaw Institute for Sustainable Development (Philippines): Sixto K. Rojas, Presidente
- K+e Ventures, Asia (Philippines): Eduardo Canela, owner
- Observatório da Mulher (Brazil): Rachel Moreno, General Coordinator
- On Eagle’s Wings Development Foundation (Philippines): Jeanne-Marie Obligacion-Bernardo,Executive Director
- Red Peruana de Comercio Justo y Consumo Ético (Peru): Alfonso Cotera Fretel, Executive Director
- Life Learning Organization of PEACE Foundation (Philippines): Pilar Habito, Chief Executive Officer
- Instituto Ecoar para a Cidadania (Brazil): Miriam Duailibi, Chairperson
- Instituto Polis (Brazil): Hamilton Faria, Director
- Instituto Hartmann Regueira (Brazil): Cecília Regueira, Executive Director
- Escola de Governo (Brazil): Maurício Jorge Piragino
- Fórum Educação “Infançias e Escolas da Natureza” da Unirio (Brazil): Léa Tiriba, Assistant Professor- Our Voice (Indonesia), Hartoyo
- Nova Centre per a la Innovació Social (Catalonia, Spain): Martí Olivella, Director
- AIM (India): Sanjay K. Rai, Director
- Centre for Social Research (India): Dr. Ranjana Kumari, Director
- Yaakah Enterprise (Nepal): Rajesh Bajracharya
- South Asia Peace Alliance (SAPA) (India): Vijay Bharatiya & Rita Roy, SAPA Secretariat
- Urban Research Centre (India): Gururaj Budhya, Secretary
- Centre for Sri Lankan Studies (Sri Lanka): Jagath Bandara, Director; Waruni Chandrasena, Secretary
- Sri Lanka United Nations Friendship Organisation (SUNFO) (Sri Lanka): Deshapriya S. Wijetunge, Director General
- Global Call to Action against Poverty - GCAP National coalition in Sri Lanka
- Global Youth Service Day Asia & Pacific Regional Partners Coordinating Center (Sri Lanka)
- Eco Nest – Asha Sadam (India): Ajit Muricken
- Yayasan Tanah Merdeka (Indonesia): LahmudinYoto, Director
- Amigos do Meio Ambiente (AMA) and Rede de Articulação e Mobilização em Comunicação Ambiental (RAMA) (Brazil): Liliana Peixinho, Founder and Coordinator
- Asamblea para la recuperaciòn del barrio Ejercito de los Andes (Argentina): Miguel Ojeda, Neighborhood representative for the organization in Buenos Aires
- Centro integral comunitario En-Haccore (Argentina): Bilma Acuña, Director
- [Asociación Civil Nuestro Hogar-] (Argentina): Susana Funes, organization representative
- Movimiento en defensa de la vivienda familiar (Argentina): Ernesto Paez, Chairman
- Asociación Civil Hábitat y Vida (ACHYV) (Argentina): José Chuza Ledesma, representative
- Federación Todos Juntos (Argentina): Marina Thia, Chairperson
- Asociación Civil Sembrar Conciencia (Argentina): José Acuña, representative
- Organización Social El Salvador por un Movimiento Afrouruguayo (Uruguay): Rivero Ramón Orlando, Secretary
- Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail (CFDT) (France): Patrick Pierron, National Secretary
- Initiative citoyenne pour un mode de vie durable au Québec (Quebec, Canada): Jean Quimet, Spokesperson
- Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development (FRIEND) (Fiji): Sashi Kiran, Founder and Director
- Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) (Netherlands, Germany, France): Margriet Samwel, Coordinator Water


- Fábio Konder Comparato (Brazil): Professor Emeritus at the Law School of the University of São Paulo
- Pedro B.A. Dallari (Brazil): Professor of International Law
- Mireille ZUGMEYER, France, retired
- Carlinhos Antunes (Brazil): Musician and Historian
- Gisela GOROVITZ (Brazil): Lawyer and certified translator
- John Clammer (Japan): Professor at the United Nations University, Tokyo
- Melvyn P. Lopez (USA): information technology
- Maria Olivia Martin Santana (Brazil)
- Raimundo Jerusalem Marques Mota (Brazil): Cultural manager and producer
- Pierre & Mi Jo Chevalier (France): retired
- Brigitte Lesquier (France): trainer for elderly or disabled persons
- Pierre Tourme (France): retired
- Michelle Poirier (France): retired
- Médard Lebot (France): retired
- Benito Lopulalan (Indonesia): journalist and Program Advisor for Jayasan Aksi Kui Foundation
- Marisa Greeb (Brazil): Socio-Drama teacher
- Flávia Muniz Cirilo (Brazil): Singer songwriter
- Caio Magri (Brazil): Sociologist
- Luiz Gabriel de Pieri (Brazil): Physicist, 1st Municipal Secretary in São Paolo of the Socialist Party of Brazil
- Pedro Epifanio Syllos (Brazil): Assistant at Instituto Fluminense de Assistência Comunitania
- Malak Poppovic (Brazil): Economist and Human Rights Advisor
- Nicolas Gomez (Brazil): Specialist in Environmental Education and Sustainable Architecture
- Nathalie Gay (France): manager at the French national health insurance Sécurité Sociale
- Yanto Salim (Indonesia):Explorer oil and gas
- Ana Maria Wilheim (Brazil), sociologist
- Alberto Lacuesta (Brazil)
- Tri Hascaryo (Indonesia): member of Koperasi Realino
- Ari Primantoro (Indonesia): Bina Swadaya Ronsatta for Community Empowerment
- Dr. Ananta Giri (India): Asian Forum of Social Theory
- Asit Das (India): researcher & social activist
- Dr. Subhash Sharma (India): Professor at Indus Business Academy
- Naresh Pradhan (Nepal): COMMACT Nepal
- F. Bambang Kuntjoro (Indonesia): self-employed private businessman
- Yovita Hety Indriani (Indonesia): editor
- Budi Ain (Indonesia): Forum Studi Realino
- Robert EppeDando (Indonesia): Chairman of KOMPPALA (Komunitas Petani Pelestari Alam / Farmer Community for Nature Conservation), KOMPIGAR (Komunitas Petani Gaharu / Farmer Community for AgarWood Cultivation), and FlosMIC (Flores MUSIC Center)
- Lodewyk Heumasse (Indonesia): Quality Assurance Manager of PT. Konimex Pharmaceutical Laboratories
- Yana Ismayana (Indonesia): Researcher, B_Trust Advisory Group
- Greg S Uyanto (Indonesia): employee of a private company in Jakarta
- Suadi Sa’ad (Indonesia): Professor at Dosen dan Pembantu Rektor III (Bidang Kemahasiswaan) Lembaga, and at Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN)
- Natalia Ita Septiana (Indonesia): works for Yayasan Bina Swadaya
- Carlos Cesar Armando (Argentina): Federación de las Villas y Barrios Carenciados
- Alexander Silvera Correa (Uruguay): member of Organización Social El Salvador por un Movimiento Afrouruguayo
- Placido Peñarrieta (Argentina): Graphic worker and grassroots leader at Cooperativa de Trabajo Chilavert Artes Gráficas Ltda.
- Gede Raka (Indonesia): Management Consultant at PT. Integre Quadro
- Agus Purwadianto (Indonesia): Professor in Forensic Medicine, University of Indonesia, Jakarta; Chair of Ethics Reviewer Board - Indonesian Medical Association; Vice chair of Indonesian Bioethics Commission
- Hartoyo (Indonesia): Member of Ourvoice
- Ari Primantoro (Indonesia): Community empowerment activist at Bina Swadaya Konsultan
- Adriana Guazzelli Charoux (Brazil): Researcher
- Maria Lúcia Grossi Zunti (Brazil): Writer, historian, Master in Education / UFES, member of Academia Feminina Espírito-Santense de Letras - AFESL
- Muriel Auduc (France): Socio-cultural facilitator
- Amaury Gourde (France): Marine pilot
- Patrick Coeurdray (France): Organization leader (Révéa Club Seniors)
- Geneviève Caro (France): Retired nurse
- Chico Whitaker (Brazil): Member of Comissão Brasileira de Justiça e Paz, awarded Alternative Nobel Prize in 2006
- Rachel Trajber (Brazil): Antropologist, linguist and environmental educator
- José Domingos Teixeira Vasconcelos (Brazil): Physicist, researcher in scientific education
- Pedro Piccolo Contesini (Brazil): Sociologist
- Eliseu Gabriel (Brasil): Alderman São Paulo City Hall
- Adriana Guazzelli Charoux (Brazil: Researcher
- Antoine Garapon (France): Jurist


[2] Attached is a Draft for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities to provide an idea of what such a Charter could be.

Published on: 25 January 2012
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