Inspiration for Global Governance: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Earth Charter
In this book, Dutch Minister of State, Ruud Lubbers, leads the reader through the recent history of governance. He states with some emphasis that both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the Earth Charter (2000) constitute an important basis for modern global governance. The first document marks the beginning of the human rights tradition; the second builds further on these values, and also includes more modern aspirations. It highlights the interconnectedness of all living beings and our duty to protect the Earth’s vitality, diversity and beauty.
Two experts on human rights law and corporate social responsibility Willem van Genugten and Tineke Lambooy are also contributing to the book discussion. They present an analysis of where and when ‘the environment’ entered the human rights discourse, and discuss the new roles of business and civil society therein.
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