Friday, 12 June 2020

The Global Citizens’ Oath

The Global Citizens’ Oath

I offer this Oath for all who want to work together
to build a caring and sustainable human and natural environment

Will you take this Oath?

If not, how would you edit it, so you could?

I promise to preserve the finest traditions of human behaviour, by acting in the ways of a good and thoughtful citizen of the World. This means:


  1. I  willingly accept my responsibilities to care and support: myself; my family, both chosen and blood; my community and my country, as contributors to a thriving human, and natural, world.

  2. I will uphold the best traditions of human belief, religious or secular, as expressed in the Articles of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1).

  3. I accept my responsibility for helping all, especially the young, to reach their full potential by working, interdependently, for the common good of others in our global community.

  4. I recognise that not all my fellow world citizens have shared experiences, cultures and beliefs, so I will take time to listen, understand, respect and celebrate our difference, whilst seeking the Common Values (2) we can pursue together.

  5. I respect the natural world and will support efforts to create a sustainable natural environment

  6. I will think through ideas, facts, opinions, be critical about what I see, read, hear and think, in order to come to considered and fair-minded views.

  7. I will not be a silent witness. When I see acts of love, care, compassion, and support, I will praise them. When I see injustice, hate, harm, oppression, and abuse, I will speak out.

  8. I will strive to uphold the highest traditions of law and order, developed through representative, democratic systems.  

  9. I will work hard in all this to help create a world we can be proud to hand on to our children and those who follow on.

  10. I will strive to do all this, in peace, with goodwill, good humour and good sense.



John Pearce 15th June
 

          Footnotes: 

(1) https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/.  This has been accepted by most countries as law and to be promoted in schools.
(2). The ideas and beliefs most people across the world would describe as good.

 

Note:

 

I am redrafting with ideas and suggestions that appeal.

 

I am happy for others to take this draft and work up their own versions.

 

It would be good to have comparable shared versions, or even one created by contributors 


Finally:

 

I am working on a book of Children's Stories, one for each statement, to accompany the Oath.


Main Edits:
June 28th (Changed name to Global Citizens' Oath)
 
July 9th Added to 1. "both chosen and blood;" Reworded 9. and removed some repetition.