Provisional Principles to Guide Human Responsibilities
Responsibility is envisaged as supporting humankind towards relational and holistic world views manifest in unique, indigenous, and diverse cultural frameworks.
- Responsibility for ensuring Human Rights is a basis for dignity, peace, justice with an equitable sharing of wealth.
- To face the challenges of today and of tomorrow, joining together and unitingin action must be balanced with respect for cultural integrity and diversity.
- Every person’s dignity invovles contributing to the freedom and dignity of others.
- Responsibility includes support for holistic qualities of human life for women and men, and includes individual and relational, material, nonmaterial and spiritual dimensions.
- The legitimate exercise of power/authority derives from ethical and accountable decision-making to serve the common good. Informed, conscious, collective, integrated decision-making is to be provided for in all spheres, including family, citizen, community, state.
- The harvesting of natural resources to meet human needs, must be limited by the requirements of active protection and care for ecosystems and the viability of the environment.
- Freedom of scientific research implies being guided by ethical criteria such as enhancement of biodiversity, regard for the limitations of human knowledge, respect for all (living) things.
- The full potential of knowledge and know-how is realised through valuing different knowledge systems and ways of knowing, sharing them and through using them in the service of solidarity and harmony.
- Decisions about short term priorities are to be evaluated in the light of long term consequences, and are to accord with priorities of justice and inter-generational environmental stewardship, taking account of risks and uncertainties.
Further suggested principles:
- (A-NZ) Ethical governance and sustainable environmental practice includes provision for the integrated knowledge systems of indigenous peoples and local knowledge
- (A-NZ) In relations between women and men, and in all family relationships including children, the whole community shares responsibility for safety
- (Australia) Responsibility: knowing our place, feeling acknowledged, and having a set of roles and responsibilities is what makes life worthwhile.
- Responsibility is an *honour of being able to play our part in the life of the whole (A-NZ) A proposal that the exercise of power be linked to ethical decision-making.