What is progress? A recent example, for the Charter of Human Responsibilities network, was the outcome in June 2010 of the organization in Brasilia of an international children’s and youth conference, “Let’s Take Care of the Planet”, attended by 400 girls and boys from 53 countries and all 5 continents, the final destination of a process that involved millions of people all over the world, where our children, with their ideas, their proposals, and their dreams, were the main protagonists.
This conference involved the ministries of the environment and of national education of Brazil, which as a result of two national conferences in 2003 and 2005, had already fostered, notably in pre-primary and primary education, a great variety of educational actions and programs that have contributed to spreading environmental education.
But progress can be great or small, discreet or loud. The publication and circulation in June 2010 of a compilation of stories on responsibility, Les histoires de la petite étoile, in French and in Greek. The commitment in 2010 of senior Nepalese government officials alongside civil-society organizations to set up a common action plan to promote cultures of responsibilities. A choir of Senegalese children singing the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.
Starting in 2011, the Forum of Ethics and Responsibilities proposes to take this adventure forward, reaching out to all societies, from their grass roots to their highest bodies and aiming to promote cultures of responsibility and a global reference text that will make the universal principles of human responsibilities explicit. Welcome on board!