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The ‘Cultural Multi-Identity’; Cross-culturality and multilingualism; Elaborating the Charter of Human Responsibilities with its multi-cultural dimension; On the difficulty to translate the concept of responsibility.

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The Charter

An international document produced collectively by allies from the 5 continents. A new social pact between human beings through a charter that refers to individual and collective responsibilities within human interrelations and along with the biosphere. This is a proposal to be adopted by citizens of the whole world, by governments and institutions in a perspective of building sustainable societies.

The Charter of Human Responsibilities proposes tracks of reflection and action and points of reference on the notion of responsibility. This document, that both serves as a "pre-text" and a "pretext" to exchange on the topic, is therefore brought to be disseminated, put into debate, modified, appropriated by all individuals and in all the different cultural, social and professional sectors.

After an initial period of collective writing, the process based around the Charter began in 2003.

Currently an International Facilitation Committee, which is made up of several regional and national teams from all the continents, is working on disseminating the Charter and organizing debates around it, in conjunction with national partners.

This website is an essential communication tool for the process of disseminating and discussing the Charter. We would like to invite you to join us in this process.

New Challenges: New Dimensions of Responsibility

At present, international life is underpinned by two agreements: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which focuses on the dignity and entitlements of people as individuals and on the defense of their rights, and the Charter of the United Nations, which focuses on peace and development. These two agreements have been a framework for undeniable progress in the organization of international relations. But the last fifty years have seen radical global changes.

Humankind is now facing new challenges; in particular, the imperative to safeguard the environment for future generations has come into view. It is clear that the two initial agreements need a further dimension to respond to current and future challenges of survival. “Responsibility” is proposed as an ethical concept which builds on Rights and Peace as well as the emergence of a relational world view that ensures the viability of planet earth and its peoples.

29 August 2011
Charter of Human Responsibilities Project Constitutes Foundation of a New Program by Edith SIZOO

8 March 2010
Asian Forum on Solidarity Economy by Edith SIZOO

New challenges… new responsibilities - 31 March 2006, by Edith SIZOO

At present, international life is underpinned by two pillars: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which focuses mainly on individuals but also on communities, their dignity and the defence of their rights, and the Charter of the United Nations, which focuses on States, peace between them and development. These two pillars have been a framework for undeniable progress in the organisation of international relations. However, the last fifty years have seen radical global changes. (...)

Responsibility: a key notion for the 21st century - 17 October 2007

Widening economic gaps within and between nations, the concentration of economic and political power in ever-fewer hands, threats to cultural diversity, and the overexploitation of natural resources are creating unrest and conflicts world-wide and giving rise to deep concerns about the future of our planet. We are at a crossroads in human history. Human beings are part of a ’woven universe’ which is balanced and integrated in ways that are still far beyond human knowledge. Given the growing (...)

Values and practices: unity and diversity - 17 October 2007

Throughout human history, traditions of wisdom - religious and otherwise - have taught values, to guide human behaviour towards a responsible attitude. Their basic premise, still relevant today, has been that individual and social values influence practices. In fact, practices and values mutually influence each other. Such values include the right to a life of dignity and respect for non-human forms of life, a preference for dialogue rather than violence, compassion and consideration for (...)

A multilingual and multicultural Charter : how to translate it? - 16 June 2006

How to proceed? How to publish? Intercultural glossary Those who commit themselves to translate the Charter of Human Responsibilities into their mother tongue are taking up an unusual challenge. They are supposed not to translate the text as literally as possible, but rather to convey its content and meaning in a way suitable to their own cultural context. Thus the idea is to create a text in a language which strikes a chord in the hearts and minds of the people concerned. The cultural (...)

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