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:
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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,  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.
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.
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. . 
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Partners of the Forum of Ethics & Responsibilities
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)
Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation (FPH)
Chairman of the Board, Pierre Calame
Persons and Organizations supporting the CALL ON GOVERNMENTS
INGENIEURS SANS FRONTIERES (France), Tanguy MARTIN, Chairman
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
THAINES & BODAH CENTRE FOR EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT (USA): Eliane Thaines Bodah
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-http://www.redbocabarracas.org.ar/a...] (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
 Attached is a Draft for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities to provide an idea of what such a Charter could be.