Towards Cultures of Responsibility and a Universal Charter of Human Responsibilities

Facing the multiple crises… universal principles of Responsibility

Edith Sizoo, 2012

The XXIst century is confronting humanity with new challenges different from those in preceding centuries. The present financial, economic and social crises as well as the climate changes that are taking place are worldwide and showing that the globalization process has caused ever increasing interdependence internationally. This phenomenon makes the exercise of responsibility not only more complex, but worse, much easier to escape, let alone to control. Current reactions to this situation are to restrain responsibility not only at the personal level, but also in terms of co-responsibility at the international level (e.g. the repeated failures of UN Conferences on climate change). As a consequence, many responsibilities are left unspecified and are therefore not accounted for.

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