Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration

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Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration is an interfaith declaration (Title: Declaration Toward a Global Ethic),[1][2] drafted initially by Dr. Hans Küng, in cooperation with the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions staff and Trustees and experts. Drawing on many of the world's religious and spiritual traditions, the declaration identifies the Golden Rule: What you wish done to yourself, do to others! as "unconditional norm for all areas of life" and four essential affirmations as shared principles essential to a global ethic:

  1. Commitment to a culture of non-violence and respect for life
  2. Commitment to a culture of solidarity and a just economic order
  3. Commitment to a culture of tolerance and a life of truthfulness
  4. Commitment to a culture of equal rights and partnership between men and women

This Declaration was signed at the Parliament of the World's Religions gathering in 1993 by more than 200 leaders from 40+ different faith traditions and spiritual communities. Since 1993 it has been signed by thousands more leaders and individuals around the world. As such, it established a common ground for people of faith to agree and to cooperate for the good of all.

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  1. ^ Towards a Global Ethic at Urban Dharma.org - Buddhism in America
  2. ^ "Declaration Toward a Global Ethic and their undersigner" (PDF in Arabic, Malaysian, Bulgarian, Chinese, German, English, French, Italian, Catalan, Croatian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Slovene, Spanish, Turkish). Retrieved 2013-08-17. 

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