Protecting the right to perform constructive, purposeful action for a fair reward. To deny this right to others is to deprive them of their dignity and to deprive society of the benefit of their potential.
The right to the dignity of work is one of the most basic expressions of human worth. Work allows the individual to provide for the basic needs of self and family, and then to achieve higher standards of living or use the fruit of their endeavours for the benefit of others. It is also an important part of the development and fulfilment of the individual through the expression and realization of skills, wisdom and potential. A society is enriched by the creative contribution and productive participation of people of both sexes having a variety of disciplines, skills and expertise. For the individual, personal satisfaction and self-esteem are enhanced by being part of a society of people which is the better for his or her efforts. Human dignity demands that work offer more than just the means to continued existence; it should also provide the opportunity to contribute to the common good of society.
Article 1 of the European Social Charter (Revised) (Strasbourg 1996) provides: With a view to ensuring the effective exercise of the right to work, the Parties undertake: 1) to accept as one of their primary aims and responsibilities the achievement and maintenance of as high and stable a level of employment as possible, with a view to the attainment of full employment; 2) to protect effectively the right of the worker to earn his living in an occupation freely entered upon; 3) to establish or maintain free employment services for all workers; and 4) to provide or promote appropriate vocational guidance, training and rehabilitation.
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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