Principles to guide the exercise of human responsibilities
1. We are all responsible for making sure that Human Rights are affirmed in our ways of thinking and in our actions.
2. Every person’s dignity involves contributing to the freedom and dignity of others.
3. Responsibilities include ensuring the fulfilment of human potential, inclusive of material needs and non-material aspirations, as well as obligations to support the common good.
4. Lasting peace can only be expected from freedom, justice, and processes for reconciliation which are respectful of human dignity and human rights.
5. Development and consumption of natural resources to meet human needs, and the quest for prosperity must be backed by a commitment to sustainability and the principle of precaution, assuring pro-active protection of the environment, careful management of its diversity, and equitable sharing of wealth.
6. The full potential of knowledge and know-how is achieved through valuing different knowledge systems and ways of knowing, sharing them, and applying them in the service of unifying solidarity and a pluralistic culture of peace.
7. Freedom of scientific research implies being guided by ethical criteria such as enhancement of biodiversity, respect for human dignity and non-human forms of life, and regard for the limitations of human knowledge.
8. The exercise of power is legitimate where it serves the common good, and if it is accountable to those over whom it is exercised.
9. In reaching decisions about short-term priorities, evaluation of long-term consequences must concur with ethical priorities of justice and intergenerational environmental stewardship, taking into account both risks and uncertainties.
10. To face the challenges of today and of tomorrow, uniting in action must be balanced with respect for cultural specificities.