The time for observations is now past! It is no longer about negotiating a new hypothetical agreement on the environment. Such an agreement would indeed risk adding up to the already existing hundreds of agreements, whose application and sanctions have become increasingly unreliable.
The time has come to recognize the only real subject: the responsibility of humanity towards itself, the living species and the planet which hosts and sustains all life.
Such is the purpose of the Universal declaration of humankind rights and duties (DHRD) which distinguishes itself from the other initiatives. The current state of the world makes its adoption as necessary as it is urgent.
This statement goes beyond prior declarations, which were limited to the recognition of new rights. By proclaiming as many duties as rights, the DHRD reminds there cannot be one without the other and that the rights of future generations as living species are all duties for the present generations.
This statement is not an additional text on the climate or the environment, even if in this area all the warning lights are flashing. The DHDR affirms that there can be no sustainable future for humanity, without recognition of: responsibility in the conservation and use of resources, intra and intergenerational equity, the humanization of technological progress, in a healthy environment.
This Declaration is not a text for the sole use of States, which often present a short-term vision, and which are in the long term management, followers rather than precursors. This text is the only one today that can be signed by all the actors of humanity, from the simple citizens to the states by way of the local authorities (cities, regions), the parliamentary assemblies, local and national bar associations, the NGOs, the universities and businesses concerned about their responsibility.
The Universal declaration of humankind rights and duties is not an international convention intended to be negotiated between States until it loses all its substance and constraints. It is a simple text, translated in most of the languages used today in the world, which must become a basic text, of which every citizen, every community, every entity can claim the principles.
Born in the continuation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Universal Declaration of Humankind Rights and Duties wishes to go much further.
That is why we, the signatories of the DHRD, call on the public authorities, the legal entities, the NGOs, companies, organizations of any type and every single citizen to join us and to allow humanity to be provided with this roadmap to its future.
The first signatories
- Jean-Philippe Agresti, Dean of the faculty of Aix-en-Provence
- Ghaleb Bencheikh, writer and essayist, President of the World Conference of Religions for Peace
- Dominique Bourg, Philosopher
- Jean-François Clervoy, astronaut
- Jean-Michel Cousteau, President of Green Cross France and Territories
- Chantal Cutajar,Director of the OCTFI (Observatoire Citoyen pour la transparence financière internationale) and Director of the CEFAC (Collège européen des investigations financières et de l’analyse financière criminelle)
- Allain Bougrain Dubourg, President of the LPO
- Christiane Feral Schhul
- Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of the City of Paris
- Nicolas Imbert, Executive Director of Green Cross France and Territories,
- Jacques Krabal, Deputy
- Jean paul Laborde, Ambassador of PAM (Association des Parlementaires de la Méditerranée)
- Bettina Laville, President of the Comité 21
- Corinne Lepage, Ex-Minister of the Environment in France, lawyer specialized in environmental law
- Myriam Maestroni, CEO of Economie d’Energie, President of the Foundation E5t,
- Geneviève Maillet,Lawyer
- Eric Orsenna, Writer
- Michel Peisse, President of the OMECA – Organisation Mondiale des Experts Comptables et Arbitres, Associée au département d’information publique des Nations Unies
- Corinne Pelluchon, Philosopher and professor at the UPEM,
- Philippe Perrin, astronaut
- Gérard Rabinovitch, Philosopher
- Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg
- Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber, Writer
- Amandine Biaggini, student in agronomy at AgroParisTech
- Louis B. Buchman, practising lawyer
- Antonella Buja, in charge of the Bureau of European politics and international relations of the city of Modena, Italy
- Sara Chandler, president of the Federation of the law societies of Europe, United Kingdom
- Fadi Georges Comair, expert in water-related issues
- Christophe Donnette, president of the network GESICA
- Christiane Féral-Schuhl, President of the National Council of the law societies
- Mary-Daphné Fishelson, lawyer and previous General Secretary of the UIA, France
- Emilie Gaillard, teacher-researcher and lecturer in private law at the University of Caen
- Bilal Ghamrawi, Vice-President of OMECA
- Emmanuel KIERZKOWSKI-CHATAL, Bâtonnier of the Saint-Nazaire barreau
- Mathieu Mahika Kofi, President of Green Cross Côte d’Ivoire
- Adrian Lakrichi, student
- Claire Le Floch, student at AgroParisTech
- Noureddine Melikechi, professor in physics and dean of the Kennedy College of Sciences at the University of Massachussetts in Lowell. Member of the Optical Society of America and member of the research team of the Mars Science Laboratory of the NASA
- Yannick Monget, President of Symbiom
- Laura Thompson
- Louise Vandelac, PhD, full professor at the Department of Sociology and the Institute of Sciences of the Environment at UQAM