Dr Tim Crocker-Buqué

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights"

RESOLUTION of the Global Intergenerational Forum: International Year of Youth, Our Year Our Voice

Adopted on this  13th  day of August 2011 in Storrs, Connecticut

We, the undersigned participants in the Global Intergenerational Forum: International Year of Youth, Our Year Our Voice, organized by the UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights, confident that young leaders have new and unique perspectives on persistent and emerging problems, their possible solutions, and assembled in the spirit of intergenerational, moral and intellectual solidarity:

Aware of our diverse cultural backgrounds, life experiences, understandings of human rights and concerns to embrace a common humanity;

Recalling that the United Nations exists to serve multiple purposes, such as maintaining international peace and security, promoting human rights for all humans,  recognizing equality and self determination of all nations and peoples;

Committed to UNESCO’s analysis that the wide diffusion of cultural knowledge and human rights education is essential for justice, liberty, peace and human dignity, and that promoting such knowledge and education constitute a solemn duty that all nations and individuals must fulfill through reciprocal respect, understanding, assistance, concern and solidarity; 

Reaffirming the universality, interdependence, indivisibility, inviolability of all human rights (Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, 1993);and mindful of the progress of previous generations in developing progressively inclusive international agreements, we recognise the importance of the integration and cooperation between the agreements; including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (1948), The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966), The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1979), The Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1985), The Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), The Millennium Declaration (2000), The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) and The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007), amongst others; 

Committed to protecting the human rights of every human being without distinction of any kind under Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we call upon all governments to implement and enforce national policies and laws that fulfil and respect individual and collective human rights;

Asserting the vital need to implement concrete measures to combat discrimination on any ground including, but not limited to, race and ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, religion and belief, so that individuals and society can benefit from greater productivity and social cohesion;

Reaffirming the need forthe international community, including governments and civil society, to prioritize the sustainable development of human rights curricula, research, and employment strategies to maximize our individual and collective potential, and celebrate diversity, combat ignorance of different cultures and promote understanding cultural perspectives;

Concerned about human trafficking and the necessity to combat it, we call upon governments to establish and implement migration, asylum, refugee and labour policies and practices that abide fully by human rights standards, recognizing that every person has dignity and possesses rights as an individual,  not only as a citizen of a particular state;  

Concerned about the increasing marginalization of some minority groups and indigenous peoples, we call upon all governments and civil society to respect and enforce human rights, particularly in areas of education, public health, employment, housing and land ownership, food security, political participation and culture, including traditional knowledge;

Cognisant of the global challenge of inequitable distribution of, and competition for, resources that contribute to conflicts; we urge the international community facilitate equitable sharing and distribution of resources, wealth and information; 

Recognizing the inextricable links between human and environmental systems, we implore civil society and governments to adopt policies and practices that promote resilience to climate change, disasters, conflict, war, food and water insecurity, through prudent consumption, diversified economies, alternative energy sources, improved natural resource management, sustainable food production systems, and fair trade protocols that promote human and environmental security;

Conscious that a world connected by technology must be bound by human values, we urge respect for individual rights to privacy and data protection. Furthermore, being acutely aware of the power of media in human interactions, we urge members of the media and governments to accurately communicate information concerning human rights,  to prevent against the inhibition or interruption of the free flow of information, including the Internet and social media, especially in times of conflict or social transformation;

Horrified by global conflicts and desiring to encourage a culture of peace, we urge all governments to decrease their military budgets, and invest in human rights education, public health, social entrepreneurship, youth employment, environmental stewardship, increased political participation and the promotion of non-violence;

Deeply aware of the essential need for a viable justice system to guarantee and safeguard human rights, we call on all governments to ensure equal access to justice for all through independent, impartial, competent and fair judiciary and tribunals. We urge all states to cooperate with international justice institutions and observe their international legal obligations;

Troubled by the increasing number of deaths, injuries and arbitrary detentions of humanitarian and human rights defenders, we urge all governments and civil society to protect medical staff, activists, lawyers, journalists, teachers and others, by ensuring they have access to security, safe working environments, education, training and support;

Recognizing the critical importance of the active role young people play in developing a sustainable future for humanity, we encourage individuals in positions of authority actively engage with young people and invest in programs that encourage intergenerational solidarity at local, regional, and international levels;

Committed to building on the efforts of our predecessors, we reaffirm our duties and responsibilities towards societies and the international community in realizing human rights, by translating this commitment into practical deeds to improve peoples lives;

Determined to transcend our individual and collective boundaries, we commit to working towards  re-imagining systems, building partnerships and maximizing our full individual and collective potential. We are committed to promoting considerate and honest communication for all interactions, from individual to international levels, to enhance the recognition of a common humanity. We will act in the spirit of informed empathy and with a sense of urgency in order to create an enlightened world, confident and willing to build a future of respect, dignity, rights and justice for all.

For: 73

Against: 3

Abstentions: 9

Spoiled: 2

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