10 Commitments

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An Enabling Environment (Commitment 1 from Copenhagen)

Economic, Political, Social, Cultural and Legal Conditions of Social Development

 

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International Agreements

UN Agencies & 
Intergov. Bodies reports

NGOs

Women

Youth

Indigenous Peoples

Religious Communities

Business & Industry

Trade Unions

Research, Education

Governments

Local Authorities

 

 

International Agreements

Commitment 1 from the Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development

 

World Summit on Social Development, Copenhagen 1995
Programme of Action of the World Summit for Social Development
Chapter I: An Enabling Environment for Social Development

 

UN Agencies & Intergovernmental Bodies reports

 

Human Development Report 1994

 

http://www.undp.org/hdro/94.htm

NEW DIMENSIONS OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

The Report introduces a new concept of human security, which equates security with people rather than territories, with development rather than arms. It examines both the national and the global concerns of human security. The Report seeks to deal with these concerns through a new paradigm of sustainable human development, capturing the potential peace dividend, a new form of development co-operation and a restructured system of global institutions. It proposes that the World Summit for Social Development approve a world social charter, endorse a sustainable human development paradigm, create a global human security fund by capturing the future peace dividend, approve a 20/20 compact for human priority concerns, recommend global taxes for resource mobilisation and establish an Economic Security Council

 

Human Development Report 1993

 

http://www.undp.org/hdro/93.htm

PEOPLE'S PARTICIPATION

The Report examines how and how much people participate in the events and processes that shape their lives. It looks at three major means of peoples' participation: people-friendly markets, decentralised governance and community organisations, especially non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and suggests concrete policy measures to address the growing problems of jobless growth. The Report concludes that five pillars of a people centred world order must be built:

new concepts of human security
new strategies for sustainable human development
new partnerships between state and markets
new patterns of national and global governance
new forms of international
co-operation.

 

NGO Documents

International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance)

 

http://www.idea.int
IDEA's objective is to promote and advance sustainable democracy and to improve and consolidate electoral processes world-wide.
Independent of specific national interests, IDEA provides a forum for interaction and exchange of experiences among a variety of global actors involved in promotion of democracy.

 

International Co-operative Alliance http://www.coop.org/ica/ica/UN/
an independent, non-governmental association which unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide. Its members are national and international co-operative organisations in all sectors of activity including agriculture, banking, energy, industry, insurance, fisheries, housing, tourism and consumer co-operatives. ICA has more than 230 member organisations from over 100 countries, representing more than 730 million individuals worldwide. The role of the ICA is to act as a catalyst and coordinator of co-operative development, with the aim of promoting and strengthening autonomous co-operatives throughout the world. The focus of the ICA programmes, based on the expressed priorities of its members, is:
  • institution building, human resource development, women's integration, strategic planning
  • influencing Governments in order to create favourable environments for co-operative development, including organising regional level Ministerial Conferences to sensitise government leaders on the role of co-operatives;
  • networking and promoting the exchange of experience and movement-to-movement assistance;
  • mobilising financial resources for co-operative development.
World Directory of Development Organisations http://www.coop4coop.org
Hundreds of links.
The aim of this project is to promote mutual cooperation, dissemination of data and exchange of experiences among organizations, associations and informal groups whose activity is development related. The directory contains basic information on known organizations - mainly NGOs - and their activities for development.

Charter 99: A Charter for Global Democracy http://www.charter99.org/
A call for international accountability, equality, justice, sustainable development and democracy. In September 2000 the United Nations will hold a special Millennium Assembly and Summit on the future of the world. This Charter will be published as an open letter on worldwide and other presented to UN Representatives. It is addressed to the UN Millennium Assembly and all the governments and peoples of the world they represent.

 

Women

 

Youth

 

Indigenous Peoples

 

Religious Communities

 

Business & Industry

 

Trade Unions

 

Research, Education

 

Governments

 

Local Authorities

 

 

Descriptions have been taken and adapted from the web-sites linked to.

 

Commitment 1: An Enabling Environment

We commit ourselves to creating an economic, political, social, cultural and legal environment that will enable people to achieve social development.

To this end, at the national level, we will:

(a) Provide a stable legal framework, in accordance with our constitutions, laws and procedures, and consistent with international law and obligations, which includes and promotes equality and equity between women and men, full respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law, access to justice, the elimination of all forms of discrimination, transparent and accountable governance and administration and the encouragement of partnership with free and representative organizations of civil society;

(b) Create an enabling economic environment aimed at promoting more equitable access for all to income, resources and social services;

(c) Reinforce, as appropriate, the means and capacities for people to participate in the formulation and implementation of social and economic policies and programmes through decentralization, open management of public institutions and strengthening the abilities and opportunities of civil society and local communities to develop their own organizations, resources and activities;

(d) Reinforce peace by promoting tolerance, non-violence and respect for diversity, and by settling disputes by peaceful means;

(e) Promote dynamic, open, free markets, while recognizing the need to intervene in markets, to the extent necessary, to prevent or counteract market failure, promote stability and long-term investment, ensure fair competition and ethical conduct, and harmonize economic and social development, including the development and implementation of appropriate programmes that would entitle and enable people living in poverty and the disadvantaged, especially women, to participate fully and productively in the economy and society;

(f) Reaffirm, promote and strive to ensure the realization of the rights set out in relevant international instruments and declarations, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 6/ the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 7/ and the Declaration on the Right to Development, 8/ including those relating to education, food, shelter, employment, health and information, particularly in order to assist people living in poverty; (g) Create the comprehensive conditions to allow for the voluntary repatriation of refugees in safety and dignity to their countries of origin, and the voluntary and safe return of internally displaced persons to their places of origin and their smooth reintegration into their societies.

At the international level, we will:

(h) Promote international peace and security and make and support all efforts to settle international disputes by peaceful means in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations;

(i) Strengthen international cooperation for achieving social development;

(j) Promote and implement policies to create a supportive external economic environment, through, inter alia, cooperation in the formulation and implementation of macroeconomic policies, trade liberalization, mobilization and/or provision of new and additional financial resources that are both adequate and predictable and mobilized in a way that maximizes the availability of such resources for sustainable development, using all available funding sources and mechanisms, enhanced financial stability, and more equitable access of developing countries to global markets, productive investments and technologies and appropriate knowledge, with due consideration to the needs of countries with economies in transition;

(k) Strive to ensure that international agreements relating to trade, investment, technology, debt and official development assistance are implemented in a manner that promotes social development;

(l) Support, particularly through technical and financial cooperation, the efforts of developing countries to achieve rapid, broadly based sustainable development. Particular consideration should be given to the special needs of small island and land-locked developing countries and the least developed countries;

(m) Support, through appropriate international cooperation, the efforts of countries with economies in transition to achieve rapid broadly based sustainable development;

(n) Reaffirm and promote all human rights, which are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated, including the right to development as a universal and inalienable right and an integral part of fundamental human rights, and strive to ensure that they are respected, protected and observed.

 

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