31 August 2010 - Regional Activities - Asia
Reflection on the Asian Citizens Assembly: Our Commonalities and Shared Responsibilities

8 March 2010 - Regional Activities - Latin America
World Governance of Ressentiment

Regional Activities - Southern Pacific -
A visit to Vanuatu by Betsan MARTIN, 30 January 2010

Vanuatu 29 Nov – 6 Dec 2009 A visit to Vanuatu was hosted by a Ni Vanuatu women known to us though her studies at a university in new Zealand. We found that women are bearing large burdens of extended family responsibilities – and that in urban areas there are added pressures of financial responsibility upon women who have jobs. Highlights of the visit included a village ‘Mountains to reef” (...)

Book: Essay on Oeconomy , 8 January 2010

Essay on Oeconomy, by Pierre Calame “How can we change the unviable model of development into a lasting society?” This is the fundamental question that raises Pierre Calame in his latest essay, which he claims to be an “intellectual progression and exploration”. There is thus no pretention of giving answers, but a will to debate on a few proposals and principles he believes to be essential to (...)

Regional Activities - Latin America -
The International Congress of Bogota: Focus on the Charter of Human Responsibilities by Manfred Rosenberger, 1 July 2009

The International Congress, organized in Bogota from April 20 to 24, 2009, gathered for the first time more than 800 participants, including 50 international famous experts, to discuss with Colombians from the political sector, from universities, the medias and the civil society as well as with officers. The debates were built on the cosigned principles of the "Charter of Human (...)

Regional Activities - Europe -
Assembly of the Citizens of the Mediterranean by Yolanda ZIAKA, 20 March 2009

The South European Team of the Charter supports the initiative for the organization of an "Assembly of the Citizens of the Mediterranean", whose objectives are based – among others – on the value of responsibility, as a core value. Here follows a short presentation of the initiative: The process of putting together the Assembly of the Citizens of the Mediterranean is a regional dynamic which (...)

Learning from our mistakes by Claude Vaillancourt, 21 October 2008

Edited in French in the Quebequois Newspaper Le Devoir (Section Libre Opinion – Points of view), Edition of Wednesday October 15, 2008 - No one can read in a crystal ball and can plan with precision what will be the consequences of the financial and economic crisis we are going through. [...]

Forum for a new World Governance , 10 June 2008

Each passing day increases the feeling dramatically that a system of world governance is vitally needed, which respects all human beings, all that is living, and the planet as a whole. To act, we have to think, we have to make viable, applicable proposals, now. More than ever, we need to facilitate the convergence of all the thinking and the emergence of the proposals drawn from all cultures. (...)

Regional Activities - Southern Pacific -
News Item on Australian Government Apology to Aboriginal People by Betsan MARTIN, 13 May 2008

Summary Apology to Australian Aboriginal People part of a flow of Government Apologies in the Pacific Region, including to Samoan people, and to Mãori Tribes. Apologies are a recent response to support the reconciliation process. They are intended to heal past wrongs on the part of governments who have exercised state powers to destroy the cohesion of indigenous peoples, or suppress (...)

Regional Activities - West Africa -
Conjugating the Charter in West Africa by Sidiki Abdoul DAFF, 13 February 2008

In the 2006 Report we had stated, “One of our major concerns was to avoid that work on the Charter should make sure it would not appear as an abstract philosophical theory that could only be understood by those who are accustomed to this kind of thinking. So we had to review our approach so as not to fall on discussions that only insiders would be interested (...)

Regional Activities - Southern Pacific -
Across Oceania - Te Au o Te Moana - Responsibility for Healthy Water Ecosystems: Governance and Practice by Betsan MARTIN, 26 July 2007

Themes Reference to an Ethics of Responsibility Responsibility is an ethical and collective response to the environmental crisis, bringing awareness of our individual and collective impact on people and place. Responsibility supports action, research and knowledge that combine social and environmental outcomes for sustainability in programmes, policy and governance: in other words, linking (...)

Regional Activities - Southern Pacific -
News Update from New Zealand and the Liquid Continent by Betsan MARTIN, 26 July 2007

The pictures give a local scene, prior to a meeting in Auckland with Maria and Te Kawehau for our Charter plans. Here re a couple of recent photos at the Lake, and one of Maria and Qiujing, a film maker, with whom we are discussing making a film of the Pacific ‘Across Oceania’ project. In New Zealand, we are continuing to liaise with groups in New Zealand, Australia and Pacific countries, (...)

Regional Activities - North America -
Making Accountability Accountable , 25 June 2007

article by George Lakoff, Glenn W. Smith °° Introduction, by Nina Gregg What does responsibility mean? In this article, George Lakoff, a well-known professor of linguistics at University of California, Berkeley, and author of several influential books (Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think and Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values, Frame the Debate) examines several (...)

Regional Activities - Latin America -
On the Road to a Regional Citizens Assembly in 2010 , 29 April 2007

General objective The overall objective is to start up a collective thinking process on the future of the region as part of the planet. Such a process, using a variety of methods, is intended to achieve considerably greater density in discussions, dialog, networking, thinking, cooperation, programs, and joint actions among the different social, cultural, and political actors of Chile, (...)

Regional Activities - Latin America -
Why is the Bolivarian victory a perfect storm? by Ricardo JIMENEZ, 9 February 2007

Even if just for genuine ignorance or interested silence, the fact that the regional oligarchic medias reduce the recent electoral Bolivarian victory with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to a mere success of the President Hugo Chávez in doing "populism", "squandering" the money coming from oil, should bring us to think about it. The whole text is in Spanish (...)

“Poverty as a violation of human rights”: a liberating force. What is at stake? What are the prospects? by Christoph EBERHARD, 29 August 2006

Taking human rights seriously implies, at a basic level, guaranteeing every human being the means to live a life worthy of a human being. In the face of today’s phenomena of mass pauperization, it seems essential to recognize the urgent need to combat poverty, all the more so when we realize that "mass poverty" is not just a feature of many countries: it is a feature of our whole world, the (...)

Regional Activities - Latin America -
The Union of South American Nations, the Charter of Human Responsibility and Governance in South America by Isis de PALMA, 12 August 2006

The proposal was presented at the FSM 2005 (World Social Forum) and subsequently registered within the “Mural of Proposals”. ON December 8, 2004, in Cuzco, Peru, the Union of South American Nations officially created a form of governance that was inspired by the European Union, which in turn is counting on the support of most of the countries of the continent. Although it was depreciated by (...)

Regional Activities - Latin America -
A Citizens’ Pact to Strengthen Public Management and Active Citizenship in Puerto Tejada, Cauca , 7 June 2006

A municipal-administration and citizens’ commitment. The result of a working process with a group of citizens coordinated by the social organization Foro por Colombia, Valle Chapter, and supported by the CINEP, the Citizens’ Pact to Strengthen Public Management and Active Citizenship is a symbol for the community of Puerto Tejada. For three months (January-March 2006), a group of thirty (...)

Law, Governance and Sustainable Development. Preliminary reflections by Christoph EBERHARD, 13 April 2006

This text was written within the research dynamics on « law, governance and sustainable development», that was initiated in January 2004 and is coordinated from the Facultés Universitaires of Saint Louis in Brussels, Belgium. It aims at questioning on the issue of Law, governance and sustainable development, in a context of globalization through intercultural enlightenment. Perspectives from (...)

Regional Activities - Latin America -
Michelle… by Gustavo MARIN, 12 April 2006

The election of Michelle Bachelet as President of Chile on 15 January 2006 constitutes a fact of historical significance that goes beyond political and institutional factors. Indeed, factors of an ethical and anthropological nature were fundamental to her election, demonstrating therefore that taking them into account is essential to better understanding the underlying logic of governance (...)

Regional Activities - Southern Pacific -
Good Governance, Responsibility and the Waka by Betsan MARTIN, 4 April 2006

Dr Humphries worked closely with the Board of a significant government agency whose task it is to work with other government agencies, community and private sector organisations to enhance the working lives of New Zealanders. Among the priorities set for this organisation is the urgent need to work with Maori and Pacific Peoples to see how the resources of this organisation can be better (...)

Regional Activities - Southern Pacific -
Reflection on the Charter and governance, Oceania, 2005 by Betsan MARTIN, 4 April 2006

Diffusion, coordination, elaboration of communication tools (film), reflection on the text of the Charter, work on a good governance.

Regional Activities - Southern Africa -
View on key concepts by John STEWART, 20 January 2006

On governance : it is more useful to talk about whether a government and a state is responsible or irresponsible, rather than whether it is strong or weak. What is important is whether whatever power it holds is exercised in a responsible manner or not. In this sense [true or good] leadership is ‘the responsible exercise of power’. But as has been commented many times, in Africa we have rulers (...)

Regional Activities - North Africa and the Middle East -
Some remarks on the term "Responsibility" in an Arab context by Ziad MAJED, 17 April 2005

Responsibility and Victimisation - Responsibility, participation and change - Generations and local and international responsibilities - Collective responsibility and the search for individuality

Regional Activities - West Africa -
African Charter of partnership between inhabitants and local collectivities , 13 February 2005

The African Charter articulates a series of principals necessary to allow a thorough partnership between inhabitants and local authorities. These principals result from the comparison of various real experiences in Africa. This experiences’ confrontation led to the idea that the conditions for a thorough partnership are everywhere identical. The charter has been elaborated during the (...)

Regional Activities - North America -
Objectives by Rob WHEELER, 16 January 2005

The Charter is being used to define the nature of responsibility that each person has (in their private, public, and professional capacities) in regards to one another and to the entire global human community. Likewise, the initial objective of our work with the Charter in the US is to identify and present the primary work that is and has been done to both define and establish more (...)

Regional Activities - North America -
Context by Rob WHEELER, 16 January 2005

Currently our society faces many problems. These exist because people, families, societal institutions, businesses, schools, etc are not taking personal or full responsibility for the things that they do and how they live their lives. The Charter can serve as a catalyst to challenge all peoples and associations to consider what it would mean to act responsibly and to make a full and serious (...)

Regional Activities - Southern Pacific -
The Treaty of Waitangi and the Foreshore and Seabed by Betsan MARTIN, 7 January 2005

Over the past year the ‘ownership’ of the Foreshore and Seabed has taken the dimensions of a tidal wave crashing on the shores of Aotearoa-New Zealand, and put relations between Maori and government under more pressure than they have been for a century. Under the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi indigenous titles to land were to be upheld. By 2003 the Foreshore is the last remaining area still in (...)

Regional Activities - Southern Pacific -
Writing by Betsan MARTIN, 7 January 2005

Reference to the Charter for Human Responsibility has been a feature in our writing, and a significant aspect of the Charter work. I (Betsan Martin) wrote a chapter for a book on a philosopher of responsibility par excellence, Emmanel Levinas, and Dr Maria Humphries and I have written several papers on the theme of Responsibility and Ethical Relationality in the last year for conference (...)

Regional Activities - Southern Pacific -
Objectives by Betsan MARTIN, 4 January 2005

The Charter and Governance At a meeting of the Aotearoa-Pacific committee in May 2004 there was convergence that to focus on governance as a major project over 2 years. In the discussion it was envisaged that we would convene a wananga/symposium, with invited contributors bringing prepared material (papers, documentaries, research). From such a gathering a case book to be collected and (...)

Regional Activities - Latin America -
2004 in Brazil: launching local and national programs by Isis de PALMA, 4 January 2005

In order to work on the priorities, we started to work in the direction of the three objectives mentioned in the article “Objectives”. Our priority was in 4 areas: Education, Social sectors and governance, Cultural and Communication, focusing in the segments: environmental movement, teachers and youth network, human rights and peace-driven movements, citizenship-driven entities, workers in (...)

A Cross-cultural and Multilingual Process -
The "Cultural Multi-Identity": a New Dimension of the Human Rights , 20 December 2003

Speech by Qin Hui in the closing session of the Lille Assembly, December 10th 2001 Author : Hui Qin (The whole document only exists in the French version of this article.)


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