Resources on Faith, Ethics and Public Life

The United Nations, Faith, and Ethics

From its origins after the Second World War, the United Nations has made ethics and values an important part of its work. The 1945 UN Charter and 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights established the principle of human dignity as the normative foundation of a just and peaceful world order. In the decades since, the United Nations has worked in conjunction with governments and other organizations, including religious communities, to enhance global cooperation and advance the struggle against poverty and injustice. The UN has issued a series of declarations and approved numerous conventions establishing and extending an international human rights regime. This resource page provides some of the most significant organizations, individuals, and UN publications connected with its work in these important areas.


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