E.F. Schumacher and His Legacy for the 21st Century
Edited By Hendrik Opdebeeck
Appendix PROPOSAL for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities
presented at the Rio+20 Conference June 2012 Preamble We, Representatives of the Member States of the United Nations, gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the Earth Summit, June 2012 Recognizing 1. that the scope and irreversibility of the interdependences that have been generated among human beings, among societies, and between humankind and the biosphere constitute a radically new situation in the history of humankind, changing it irrevocably into a com- munity of destiny; 2. that indefinite pursuit of current lifestyles and development, together with a trend to limit one’s responsibilities, is incompatible with har- mony amongst societies, with preservation of the integrity of the planet, and with safekeeping the interests of future generations; 3. that the scope of today’s necessary changes is out of range of individu- als and implies that all people and all public or private institutions become involved in them; 4. that the currently existing legal, political and financial procedures designed to steer and monitor public and private institutions, in par- ticular those that have an impact worldwide, do not motivate these latter to assume their full responsibilities, and may even encourage their irresponsibility; 328 Appendix 5. that awareness of our shared responsibilities to the planet is a condi- tion for the survival and progress of humankind; 6. that our shared responsibility, beyond the legitimate interests of our peoples, is to preserve our only, fragile planet by preventing major unbalances from bringing about ecological and social disasters that will af fect all the peoples of the Earth,...
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