The Declaration was presented at the 2018 Women Leaders in Ecology and Development Forum held in China on July 6th.
The DHR was presented in the presence of Corinne Lepage, President of the Friends Association of the Universal Declaration of Humankind Rights (FADHR) and Nicolas Imbert, Administrator of the FADHR.
The need, the urgency of a paradigm shift in ecological governance… Towards multilateralism and new legal bases
“The climate challenge, which can leave mankind into an unpredictable world that could eventually be suicidal for the human species itself, calls us to a surge of responsibility and therefore to commitments that concern all individuals, all communities, all states.”
“The unprecedented challenge we face challenges us to change our paradigm and to imagine another type of governance that is based both on multilateralism and on new legal bases, capable of founding a state of common responsibility.”
The Universal Declaration of Humankind Rights (DHR), a new tool, a common basis…
“Binding nature and humankind, the principles of the Declaration set the responsibilities of all and therefore of each entity: natural or legal, public or private, national or international.”
“Because it is a Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Humanity, the DHR is a common basis, which does not relate to a particular culture or civilization, which does not stigmatize, which does not condemn.”
“But it is an essential foundation for everyone to recognize their responsibility and agree to engage in the common defence of the human species and the other species which share our planet.”
Corinne Lepage explained that “This is the awareness of humanity, in its diversity, the unity of the problems it is facing even if the responsibilities and means of meeting them are not equivalent.”
“Integrating the challenges of ecology, development, peace and technological revolutions, the Declaration aims to encompass the multiple responsibilities of our generation for those still to come, but also to the with regard to those which came before.”
Support and latest progress of the Declaration
- The Declaration today has the support of former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and has been presented to the European Economic and Social Council.
- The Pacific Forum adopted at the beginning of May 2018 a declaration aimed to make every effort to ensure that the text could be adopted by the different parties before the end of the year.
- Associations of parliamentarians embraced the DHR, in Europe, around the Mediterranean and throughout the French-Speaking world. Many European and African bar associations support it as well as federations of lawyers including the International Conference of Bar Associations.
- The University of Modena became the first signatory, from the domain of academic institutions, followed to this day the network of business schools of Lyon, the International Institute of Francophonie and Chairs Leopold Senghor, as well as several other universities in France, Europe and the United States.
- From the world of NGOs supporters include: notably the Green Cross France and Territories, OMECA (an organization recognized by the UN and accredited by Ecosoc) are signatories. About a hundred companies and economic organizations have joined the movement, to which some states are also beginning to take an interest.