Protecting rights of future children Promulgating declaration of rights of future generations
The Council for Posterity, a project of the Institute for Social Inventions (UK), has produced the following [Declaration on the Rights of Future Generations]: Those who live after us have no voice amongst us / We therefore declare and determine their right to inherit a planet which has been treated by use with respect for its richness, its beauty and its diversity / a planet whose atmosphere is life-giving and good, and can remain so for aeons to come / a planet whose resources have been carefully maintained and whose forms of life retain their diversity / a planet whose soil has been preserved from erosion with both soil and water unpoisoned by the waste of our living / a planet whose people apply their technologies cautiously with consideration for the long-term consequences / a planet whose people live in human-scale societies unravaged by population excess / a planet whose future generation have interests which are represented and protected in the decision-making councils of those alive today.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
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