Resources on Faith, Ethics and Public Life

Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities

May 7, 1997

The Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities is a document originally proposed by the InterAction Council and subsequently submitted for consideration to the United Nations. The document is designed to serve as the common standard for all peoples and nations in recognizing the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all humans. It was meant to complement to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, emphasizing that the rights outlined in the declaration come with certain duties towards other people. The document presents the belief that global social progress comes not solely from legal instruments but is rooted in shared values and ethical standards.

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