Earth Trusteeship Forum 10 December 2018 Peace Palace, The Hague

International Earth Trusteeship Gathering, Klaus Bosselmann, October 2018

This year’s Human Rights Day marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which was adopted and proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948. For 10 December 2018, a number of high-level events are being organized including a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights conference in Paris, a ceremony for the United Nations Human Rights Prize in New York and the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Stockholm.

While these and other events are focussed on celebrating the achievements of human rights, the Earth Trusteeship Forum will emphasize the linkages between human rights and responsibilities with respect to humanity’s predicament, i.e. living sustainably on a finite planet. The safe and just operating space for humanity is marked by social foundations (human rights) and ecological limits (planetary boundaries). As humanity has now breached some of these ecological limits, continued living in dignity and prosperity requires a profound sense of responsibility and trusteeship for Earth.

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