Developing global ethic

Creating global ethic
Breaking down barriers to a global ethic

Creating basic consensus with regard to universal binding values, unalterable standards and personal principles.


The golden rule which has proven its worth for thousands of years in many religions and ethical traditions is: "Do unto others as you would be done by". Or, to put it more positively, "How you would like to be treated, treat others that way." This principle was endorsed in the Global Ethic Declaration made by the Parliament of World Religions (Chicago, September 1993) as being an "inalienable and absolute standard for all aspects of life, for family and communities, for races, nations and religions." It is claimed to embody four comprehensive and ancient guidelines, or eternal truths, which are to be found in most religions of the world: an obligation to a culture of nonviolence and of respect for life; an obligation to a culture of solidarity and a just form of world commerce; an obligation to a culture of tolerance and honesty in life; and an obligation to a culture of equal opportunities and the partnership of man and woman.

Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal