Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration
The document, "Towards a Global Ethic: Initial Declaration," expresses a common set of core values found in the teachings of the world's religious, spiritual, and ethical traditions. The Global Ethic, drafted by Swiss theologian Hans Kung in consultation with several hundred leaders and scholars, was issued at the 1993 Parliament. For the first time in history, representatives of all the world's religions agreed on the shared ethical commitments that are grounded in their own traditions:
- The importance of human life
- The Golden Rule of reciprocity
- A commitment ot peace and justice
These commitments can be affirmed by all persons with ethical convictions, whether they are people of faith or not. While this ethic provides no direct solution for all the problems of the world, it does supply the moral foundation for a better individual and global order.
Since its issue, organizations have been established based on the Global Ethic's theme. Some of these include the GLobal Ethic Foundation, the Institute for Global Ethics, the United Religions Initiative. We have also seen the development of campaigns based on topics we advanced, such as the Earth Charter, the Charter of Compassion, a Charter of Forgiveness, A Common Word Between Us and You, and campaigns to promote the Golden Rule.
As it moves into its 25th year, we at the Parliament reaffirm our commitment to the Global Ethic by calling for signatures to signal support.