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Human responsibilities

Human and Global Development are Linked

At present, the UN are leading and coordinating a global process for the revision and amendment of the current Millennium Development Goals. The objective is to build a more comprehensive set of global sustainable development goals for the time after 2015. As contribution to that process, and starting from the established UN Millennium Development Goals, DRI would suggest that that „development“ should always comprise both global development and human development components:

  • Global development here refers to the ‚outer’ world, typically material or economic, e.g. food, energy, water, sanitation, governance or peace, as traditionally captured in UN discussions.
  • Human development here refers to the ‚inner’ world of each human being and of societies, in other words, to cultural concepts and values, to socio-cultural development of groups, to psychological considerations and maturity of character and personal development.

It is a firm view of DRI that global development and human development are linked, and that global development objectives can only be met if human development is progressing at a similar pace. To date, most initiatives that address global challenges do so on the basis of setting global objectives in areas such as peace, food, health or environment and request - mostly governmental - actors to work towards meeting these objectives. On the other side, human development in the way individuals and groups feel and position themselves vis-à-vis themselves, vis-à-vis others and vis-à-vis their environment affects the way they behave and perceive and address these challenges. 


Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities

The Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities was proposed by the InterAction Council on 1 September 1997, in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations. The Council proposed to adopt a Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities, which would complement the Human Rights Declaration and strengthen it and help lead to a better world. It has since found a wide range of senior level supporters. For details, see the InterAction Council / Declaration of Human Responsibilities website.

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General Declaration of Human Responsibility

In the context of the DRI, the Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities is an example of addressing these challenges on the level of the single individual, in other words, through human development. The Austrian Society for Future Policy (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Zukunftspolitik) issued a General Declaration of Human Responsibility (Allgemeine Erklärung zur menschlichen Verantwortung) that proposes a set of individual items that individuals should have and take responsibility for, grouped in three categories: Responsibilities for oneself, responsibilities for others and responsibilities for the environment.

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