Approval of a common platform and worldwide development of cross-cultural workshops—theme-based, regional, and socioprofessional—which would produce 61 Proposal Papers for the implementation of the breakthroughs and evolutions needed in our societies that will build a fairer and more sustainable 21st century.
Gathering 400 participants, this was the finishing point of the workshops organized in the framework of the Alliance for a Responsible, Plural and United World.
An outcome of the World Citizens Assembly, this was an international cross-cultural project around the concept of responsibility, with a charter as a reference point from which to move forward on thinking and action, and men and women to set these in motion.
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Description and objectives
The Forum of Ethics & Responsibilities (FER) is made up of individuals, professional and thematic networks, and organizations aiming to introduce the concept of Responsibility into international debate in order to face the current multiple crises (environmental, economic, finance, and social). 
Developing the universal principles of human responsibilities
The FER partners’ actions aim to promote cultures of responsibility in every field of human activity. It has become urgent to have “Responsibilities” recognized as equally important as “Rights,” hence to claim an internationally acknowledged reference text alongside the two existing “pillars” on which international life is based—the Charter of the United Nations (1945), for peace and development, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948): a third “pillar,” so to speak, explicitly setting out universal principles of human responsibilities, to serve as a basis for generating national and international law, as has been the case for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Roots of the project
This approach began in 2001 at the World Citizens Assembly organized by the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH), where a Charter of Human Responsibilities was launched. This Charter was designed as a “pre”-text—an instrument for dialog and a text in evolution—and as a text among several others produced by movements and international organizations also concerned with the “Ethics & Responsibilities” issue. Through their own professional and social activities, each in his or her region of the world, partners of the Ethics & Responsibility network are circulating and debating the idea of a third international “pillar” that will set out the universal principles of human responsibilities.
This project was initiated and is financed for the most part by the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation.
To learn more about this project, you can read the document presenting the Ethics & Responsibilities program and browse through the different sections of this Web site, as well as go to the Charter of Human Responsibilities Web site.
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 An in-depth analysis of the concept of responsibility is provided in the document “Why an International Charter on Human Responsibilities?”.