The Human Promise Manifesto
Manifesto is an
. A Public Declaration of
A Mission Statement. A
. A Common
Respect for ourselves and each other. Seeing Eye to Eye.
A list of some of the things that we feel are important
that would help us to
with each other and to
ourselves a little better.
A general guide
for what we
believe to be
. A starting point, but not a barrier
to learning or improving.
A simple reminder of just some of the things that we
value as individuals, and as a community of people. It's
nice to have something in common, it's nice to know that
when we work together
, it benefits everyone. But
is a learned skill, so we need to find more
ways and easier ways of teaching this skill to everyone.
This would make
easier, and cooperation
easier, which would eventually make all our lives a lot
The Human Promise Manifesto
I promise to never stop learning and to fully understand that my
education is a life long journey.
I promise to always share my knowledge with honesty and
integrity for it is an honor to bestow knowledge.
I promise to always teach others with gratitude and patience
because everyone learns at different speeds.
I promise to always be open to new knowledge, to seek new ideas
and to always ask questions.
I promise to always apply logic in my thinking and to apply
logic in my actions and in my goals.
I promise to always have a deep awareness and sympathy for other
peoples suffering and hardships.
I promise to always have a deep awareness and sympathy for other
living species no matter how insignificant.
I promise to lead unselfishly, to lead by example and to lead
democratically for the benefit of all.
I promise to always have short and long-term goals and to share
the goals of others if possible.
I promise to never be afraid to ask for help and to always be
grateful for helping hands. Love is sharing.
I promise to never expect or to assume because no one is perfect
and that everyone makes mistakes.
I promise not to jump to conclusions without sufficient
knowledge and information. Life has no guarantees.
I promise to learn from my mistakes and not to let my mistakes,
or the mistakes of others, affect my good nature.
I promise to communicate my concerns and then listen with
compassion so that we may learn from each other.
I promise to always look for ways for improving myself as well
as look for ways for improving my world.
I promise to always seek better alternatives and to make better
choices even when some choices are difficult.
I promise to seek discipline and balance in my life when working,
playing, learning, being creative and dreaming.
I promise to know the importance of time management, not just
what time means to myself but too others as well.
I promise not to forget the importance of enjoying laughter and
the importance of having music in my life.
I promise to know the difference between what I need and what I
want especially when knowing the true cost.
I promise to define what I truly need and then seek positive
ways to acquire these needs without harming others.
I promise not to forget that money is just a tool and that
wealth should never be used as a weapon of control.
I promise not to forget that giving time or service in exchange
for goods is always better then using money.
I promise not to let material things control my actions or allow
material objects to confuse my judgment.
I promise not to do things just for fame and to gauge the value
of my actions by more important means.
I promise to do things that are good and I promise to do things
that are right and not just what is right for myself.
I promise to learn from God’s earth by becoming self-sustainable
and by recycling and reusing resources.
I promise not to pollute Gods earth or waste the planets
resources or disrespect the balance of nature.
I promise to be tolerant of others religious beliefs and to
never underestimate the power of faith and prayer.
I promise not to put restrictions on others or to judge others
based solely on my beliefs or the beliefs of others.
I promise to be thankful for the things that I have and to show
appreciation by offering blessings and praise.
I promise to understand that most laws help us to be aware of what is
wrong, what is unsafe and what is improper.
I promise to never confuse justice with revenge. Don’t waste
time plotting and hating. Seek justice and learn.
I promise to never have regrets about what might have been
because it will never tell the whole story.
I promise to be positive and to be hopeful and to always know
the difference between trust and gullible.
I promise to understand the needs of the human body by eating
healthy, sleeping enough and exercising regularly.
I promise to be honest and to be open because the only way we
can learn and teach is from knowing the truth.
By signing this Human Promise Manifesto I agree and fully
understand the importance of these promises.
I am also aware that this Manifesto does not list all the values
and principles that humans have in common.
So I will make one more promise and help add to this Manifesto
by writing about the wisdom and knowledge
that I have gained from my life experiences so that I too may share
and contribute to the human cycle of life.
Other types of Declarations
can be combined and used to complete the Human Promise Manifesto
is a published verbal declaration of the
intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group,
political party or government. A manifesto usually accepts a previously
published opinion or public consensus and/or promotes a new idea with
prescriptive notions for carrying out changes the author believes should
be made. It often is political or artistic in nature, but may present an
individual's life stance. Manifestos relating to religious belief are
generally referred to as creeds.
is the title of three manifestos
laying out a Humanist worldview. They are the original Humanist Manifesto
(1933, often referred to as Humanist Manifesto I), the Humanist Manifesto
II (1973), and Humanism and Its Aspirations (2003, a.k.a. Humanist
Manifesto III). The Manifesto originally arose from religious Humanism,
though secular Humanists also signed.
The central theme of all three
manifestos is the elaboration of a philosophy and
not necessarily include belief in any personal deity or "higher power",
although the three differ considerably in their tone, form, and ambition.
Each has been signed at its launch by various prominent members of
academia and others who are in general agreement with its principles. In
addition, there is a similar document entitled A
published in 1980 by the Council for Secular Humanism.
is a formal announcement of the
provisions of some statute
is the grant of authority or rights
stating that the granter
recognizes the prerogative of the recipient to exercise the rights
specified. It is implicit that the granter retains superiority (or
that the recipient admits a limited (or inferior) status within the
relationship, and it is within that sense that charters were historically
granted, and that
sense is retained in modern usage of the term.
United Nations Charter
World Constitution and Parliament Association
is an intergovernmental organization to promote
international co-operation. A replacement for the ineffective League of
Nations, the organization was established on 24 October 1945 after World
War II in order to prevent another such conflict. At its founding, the UN
had 51 member states; there are now 193. The headquarters of the United
Nations is in Manhattan, New York City, and experiences
extraterritoriality. Further main offices are situated in Geneva, Nairobi,
and Vienna. The organization is financed by assessed and voluntary
contributions from its member states. Its objectives include maintaining
international peace and security, promoting human rights, fostering social
and economic development, protecting the environment, and providing
humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict.
United Nations Millennium Declaration
Signed by 189 countries, including 147 heads of State and
The General Assembly Resolution adopted by the General Assembly
[without reference to a Main Committee (A/55/L.2)]
Adopts the following Declaration:
I. Values and principles
1. We, heads of State and Government, have gathered at United
Nations Headquarters in New York from 6 to 8 September 2000, at
the dawn of a new millennium, to reaffirm our faith in the
Organization and its Charter as indispensable foundations of a
more peaceful, prosperous and just world.
2. We recognize that, in addition to our separate
responsibilities to our individual societies, we have a
collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human
dignity, equality and equity at the global level. As leaders we
have a duty therefore to all the world’s people, especially the
most vulnerable and, in particular, the children of the world,
to whom the future belongs.
3. We reaffirm our commitment to the purposes and principles of
the Charter of the United Nations, which have proved timeless
and universal. Indeed, their relevance and capacity to inspire
have increased, as nations and peoples have become increasingly
interconnected and interdependent.
4. We are determined to establish a just and lasting peace all
over the world in accordance with the purposes and principles of
the Charter. We rededicate ourselves to support all efforts to
uphold the sovereign equality of all States, respect for their
territorial integrity and political independence, resolution of
disputes by peaceful means and in conformity with the principles
of justice and international law, the right to
self-determination of peoples which remain under colonial
domination and foreign occupation, non-interference in the
internal affairs of States, respect for human rights and
fundamental freedoms, respect for the equal rights of all
without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion and
international cooperation in solving international problems of
an economic, social, cultural or humanitarian character.
5. We believe that the central challenge we face today is to
ensure that globalization becomes a positive force for all the
world’s people. For while globalization offers great
opportunities, at present its benefits are very unevenly shared,
while its costs are unevenly distributed. We recognize that
developing countries and countries with economies in transition
face special difficulties in responding to this central
challenge. Thus, only through broad and sustained efforts to
create a shared future, based upon our common humanity in all
its diversity, can globalization be made fully inclusive and
equitable. These efforts must include policies and measures, at
the global level, which correspond to the needs of developing
countries and economies in transition and are formulated and
implemented with their effective participation.
6. We consider certain fundamental values to be essential to
international relations in the twenty-first century. These
• Freedom. Men and women have the right to live their lives and
raise their children in dignity, free from hunger and from the
fear of violence, oppression or injustice. Democratic and
participatory governance based on the will of the people best
assures these rights.
•. Equality. No individual and no nation must be denied the
opportunity to benefit from development. The equal rights and
opportunities of women and men must be assured.
• Solidarity. Global challenges must be managed in a way that
distributes the costs and burdens fairly in accordance with
basic principles of equity and social justice. Those who suffer
or who benefit least deserve help from those who benefit most.
• Tolerance. Human beings must respect one other, in all their
diversity of belief, culture and language. Differences within
and between societies should be neither feared nor repressed,
but cherished as a precious asset of humanity. A culture of
peace and dialogue among all civilizations should be actively
• Respect for nature. Prudence must be shown in the management
of all living species and natural resources, in accordance with
the precepts of sustainable development. Only in this way can
the immeasurable riches provided to us by nature be preserved
and passed on to our descendants. The current unsustainable
patterns of production and consumption must be changed in the
interest of our future welfare and that of our descendants.
• Shared responsibility. Responsibility for managing worldwide
economic and social development, as well as threats to
international peace and security, must be shared among the
nations of the world and should be exercised multilaterally. As
the most universal and most representative organization in the
world, the United Nations must play the central role.
7. In order to translate these shared values into actions, we
have identified key objectives to which we assign special
II. Peace, security and disarmament
8. We will spare no effort to free our peoples from the scourge
of war, whether within or between States, which has claimed more
than 5 million lives in the past decade. We will also seek to
eliminate the dangers posed by weapons of mass destruction.
9. We resolve therefore:
• To strengthen respect for the rule of law in international as
in national affairs and, in particular, to ensure compliance by
Member States with the decisions of the International Court of
Justice, in compliance with the Charter of the United Nations,
in cases to which they are parties.
• To make the United Nations more effective in maintaining peace
and security by giving it the resources and tools it needs for
conflict prevention, peaceful resolution of disputes,
peacekeeping, post-conflict peace-building and reconstruction.
In this context, we take note of the report of the Panel on
United Nations Peace Operations and request the General Assembly
to consider its recommendations expeditiously.
• To strengthen cooperation between the United Nations and
regional organizations, in accordance with the provisions of
Chapter VIII of the Charter.
• To ensure the implementation, by States Parties, of treaties
in areas such as arms control and disarmament and of
international humanitarian law and human rights law, and call
upon all States to consider signing and ratifying the Rome
Statute of the International Criminal Court.
• To take concerted action against international terrorism, and
to accede as soon as possible to all the relevant international
• To redouble our efforts to implement our commitment to counter
the world drug problem.
• To intensify our efforts to fight transnational crime in all
its dimensions, including trafficking as well as smuggling in
human beings and money laundering.
• To minimize the adverse effects of United Nations economic
sanctions on innocent populations, to subject such sanctions
regimes to regular reviews and to eliminate the adverse effects
of sanctions on third parties.
• To strive for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction,
particularly nuclear weapons, and to keep all options open for
achieving this aim, including the possibility of convening an
international conference to identify ways of eliminating nuclear
• To take concerted action to end illicit traffic in small arms
and light weapons, especially by making arms transfers more
transparent and supporting regional disarmament measures, taking
account of all the recommendations of the forthcoming United
Nations Conference on Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light
• To call on all States to consider acceding to the Convention
on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and
Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, as
well as the amended mines protocol to the Convention on
10. We urge Member States to observe the Olympic Truce,
individually and collectively, now and in the future, and to
support the International Olympic Committee in its efforts to
promote peace and human understanding through sport and the
III. Development and poverty eradication
11. We will spare no effort to free our fellow men, women and
children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme
poverty, to which more than a billion of them are currently
subjected. We are committed to making the right to development a
reality for everyone and to freeing the entire human race from
12. We resolve therefore to create an environment – at the
national and global levels alike – which is conducive to
development and to the elimination of poverty.
13. Success in meeting these objectives depends, inter alia, on
good governance within each country. It also depends on good
governance at the international level and on transparency in the
financial, monetary and trading systems. We are committed to an
open, equitable, rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory
multilateral trading and financial system.
14. We are concerned about the obstacles developing countries
face in mobilizing the resources needed to finance their
sustained development. We will therefore make every effort to
ensure the success of the High-level International and
Intergovernmental Event on Financing for Development, to be held
15. We also undertake to address the special needs of the least
developed countries. In this context, we welcome the Third
United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries to be
held in May 2001 and will endeavour to ensure its success. We
call on the industrialized countries:
• To adopt, preferably by the time of that Conference, a policy
of duty- and quota-free access for essentially all exports from
the least developed countries;
• To implement the enhanced programme of debt relief for the
heavily indebted poor countries without further delay and to
agree to cancel all official bilateral debts of those countries
in return for their making demonstrable commitments to poverty
• To grant more generous development assistance, especially to
countries that are genuinely making an effort to apply their
resources to poverty reduction.
16. We are also determined to deal comprehensively and
effectively with the debt problems of low- and middle-income
developing countries, through various national and international
measures designed to make their debt sustainable in the long
17. We also resolve to address the special needs of small island
developing States, by implementing the Barbados Programme of
Action and the outcome of the twenty-second special session of
the General Assembly rapidly and in full. We urge the
international community to ensure that, in the development of a
vulnerability index, the special needs of small island
developing States are taken into account.
18. We recognize the special needs and problems of the
landlocked developing countries, and urge both bilateral and
multilateral donors to increase financial and technical
assistance to this group of countries to meet their special
development needs and to help them overcome the impediments of
geography by improving their transit transport systems.
19. We resolve further:
• To halve, by the year 2015, the proportion of the world’s
people whose income is less than one dollar a day and the
proportion of people who suffer from hunger and, by the same
date, to halve the proportion of people who are unable to reach
or to afford safe drinking water.
• To ensure that, by the same date, children everywhere, boys
and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of
primary schooling and that girls and boys will have equal access
to all levels of education.
• By the same date, to have reduced maternal mortality by three
quarters, and under-five child mortality by two thirds, of their
• To have, by then, halted, and begun to reverse, the spread of
HIV/AIDS, the scourge of malaria and other major diseases that
• To provide special assistance to children orphaned by
• By 2020, to have achieved a significant improvement in the
lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers as proposed in the
"Cities Without Slums" initiative.
20. We also resolve:
• To promote gender equality and the empowerment of women as
effective ways to combat poverty, hunger and disease and to
stimulate development that is truly sustainable.
• To develop and implement strategies that give young people
everywhere a real chance to find decent and productive work.
• To encourage the pharmaceutical industry to make essential
drugs more widely available and affordable by all who need them
in developing countries.
• To develop strong partnerships with the private sector and
with civil society organizations in pursuit of development and
• To ensure that the benefits of new technologies, especially
information and communication technologies, in conformity with
recommendations contained in the ECOSOC 2000 Ministerial
Declaration, are available to all.
IV. Protecting our common environment
21. We must spare no effort to free all of humanity, and above
all our children and grandchildren, from the threat of living on
a planet irredeemably spoilt by human activities, and whose
resources would no longer be sufficient for their needs.
22. We reaffirm our support for the principles of sustainable
development, including those set out in Agenda 21, agreed upon
at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.
23. We resolve therefore to adopt in all our environmental
actions a new ethic of conservation and stewardship and, as
first steps, we resolve:
• To make every effort to ensure the entry into force of the
Kyoto Protocol, preferably by the tenth anniversary of the
United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in
2002, and to embark on the required reduction in emissions of
• To intensify our collective efforts for the management,
conservation and sustainable development of all types of
• To press for the full implementation of the Convention on
Biological Diversity and the Convention to Combat
Desertification in those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought
and/or Desertification, particularly in Africa.
• To stop the unsustainable exploitation of water resources by
developing water management strategies at the regional, national
and local levels, which promote both equitable access and
• To intensify cooperation to reduce the number and effects of
natural and man-made disasters.
• To ensure free access to information on the human genome
V. Human rights, democracy and good governance
24. We will spare no effort to promote democracy and strengthen
the rule of law, as well as respect for all internationally
recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the
right to development.
25. We resolve therefore:
• To respect fully and uphold the Universal Declaration of Human
• To strive for the full protection and promotion in all our
countries of civil, political, economic, social and cultural
rights for all.
• To strengthen the capacity of all our countries to implement
the principles and practices of democracy and respect for human
rights, including minority rights.
• To combat all forms of violence against women and to implement
the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination
• To take measures to ensure respect for and protection of the
human rights of migrants, migrant workers and their families, to
eliminate the increasing acts of racism and xenophobia in many
societies and to promote greater harmony and tolerance in all
• To work collectively for more inclusive political processes,
allowing genuine participation by all citizens in all our
• To ensure the freedom of the media to perform their essential
role and the right of the public to have access to information.
VI. Protecting the vulnerable
26. We will spare no effort to ensure that children and all
civilian populations that suffer disproportionately the
consequences of natural disasters, genocide, armed conflicts and
other humanitarian emergencies are given every assistance and
protection so that they can resume normal life as soon as
We resolve therefore:
• To expand and strengthen the protection of civilians in
complex emergencies, in conformity with international
• To strengthen international cooperation, including burden
sharing in, and the coordination of humanitarian assistance to,
countries hosting refugees and to help all refugees and
displaced persons to return voluntarily to their homes, in
safety and dignity and to be smoothly reintegrated into their
• To encourage the ratification and full implementation of the
Convention on the Rights of the Child and its optional protocols
on the involvement of children in armed conflict and on the sale
of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
VII. Meeting the special needs of Africa
27. We will support the consolidation of democracy in Africa and
assist Africans in their struggle for lasting peace, poverty
eradication and sustainable development, thereby bringing Africa
into the mainstream of the world economy.
28. We resolve therefore:
• To give full support to the political and institutional
structures of emerging democracies in Africa.
• To encourage and sustain regional and subregional mechanisms
for preventing conflict and promoting political stability, and
to ensure a reliable flow of resources for peacekeeping
operations on the continent.
• To take special measures to address the challenges of poverty
eradication and sustainable development in Africa, including
debt cancellation, improved market access, enhanced Official
Development Assistance and increased flows of Foreign Direct
Investment, as well as transfers of technology.
• To help Africa build up its capacity to tackle the spread of
the HIV/AIDS pandemic and other infectious diseases.
VIII. Strengthening the United Nations
29. We will spare no effort to make the United Nations a more
effective instrument for pursuing all of these priorities: the
fight for development for all the peoples of the world, the
fight against poverty, ignorance and disease; the fight against
injustice; the fight against violence, terror and crime; and the
fight against the degradation and destruction of our common
30. We resolve therefore:
• To reaffirm the central position of the General Assembly as
the chief deliberative, policy-making and representative organ
of the United Nations, and to enable it to play that role
• To intensify our efforts to achieve a comprehensive reform of
the Security Council in all its aspects.
• To strengthen further the Economic and Social Council,
building on its recent achievements, to help it fulfil the role
ascribed to it in the Charter.
• To strengthen the International Court of Justice, in order to
ensure justice and the rule of law in international affairs.
• To encourage regular consultations and coordination among the
principal organs of the United Nations in pursuit of their
• To ensure that the Organization is provided on a timely and
predictable basis with the resources it needs to carry out its
• To urge the Secretariat to make the best use of those
resources, in accordance with clear rules and procedures agreed
by the General Assembly, in the interests of all Member States,
by adopting the best management practices and technologies
available and by concentrating on those tasks that reflect the
agreed priorities of Member States.
• To promote adherence to the Convention on the Safety of United
Nations and Associated Personnel.
• To ensure greater policy coherence and better cooperation
between the United Nations, its agencies, the Bretton Woods
Institutions and the World Trade Organization, as well as other
multilateral bodies, with a view to achieving a fully
coordinated approach to the problems of peace and development.
• To strengthen further cooperation between the United Nations
and national parliaments through their world organization, the
Inter-Parliamentary Union, in various fields, including peace
and security, economic and social development, international law
and human rights and democracy and gender issues.
• To give greater opportunities to the private sector,
non-governmental organizations and civil society, in general, to
contribute to the realization of the Organization’s goals and
31. We request the General Assembly to review on a regular basis
the progress made in implementing the provisions of this
Declaration, and ask the Secretary-General to issue periodic
reports for consideration by the General Assembly and as a basis
for further action.
32. We solemnly reaffirm, on this historic occasion, that the
United Nations is the indispensable common house of the entire
human family, through which we will seek to realize our
universal aspirations for
, cooperation and development. We
therefore pledge our unstinting support for these common
objectives and our determination to achieve them.
8th plenary meeting, 8 September, 2000
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