A Human Manifesto
Human life on our planet is in jeopardy.
It is in jeopardy from war that could pulverize the human habitat.
It is in jeopardy from preparations for war that destroy or diminish the prospects of decent existence.
It is in jeopardy because of the denial of human rights.
It is in jeopardy because the air is being fouled and the waters and soil are being poisoned.
It is in jeopardy because of the uncontrolled increase in population.
If these dangers are to be removed and if human development is to be assured, we the peoples of this planet must accept obligations to each other and to the generations of human beings to come.
We have the obligation to free our world of war by creating an enduring basis for worldwide peace.
We have the obligation to safeguard the delicate balances of the natural environment and to develop the world's resources for the common good.
We have the obligation to place the human interest above the national interest and human sovereignty above national sovereignty.
We have the obligation to make human rights' the primary concern of society.
We have the obligation to create a world order in which man neither has to kill or be killed.
In order to carry out these obligations, we the people of this world assert our primary allegiance to each other in the family of man. We declare our individual citizenship in the world community and our support for a United Nations capable of governing our planet in the common human interest.
The world belongs to the people who inhabit it. We have the right to change it, shape it, nurture it.
Life in the universe is unimaginably rare. It must be protected, respected, cherished.
We pledge our energies and resources of spirit to the preservation of the human habitat and to the infinite possibilities of human betterment in our time.
Hafsat Abiola Founder, Kudirat Initiative for Democracy Nigeria Tadatoshi Akiba Mayor of Hiroshima Japan Tony Benn, M.P. English Parliamentarian United Kingdom Boutros Boutros-Ghali Former UN Secretary General Egypt Willie L. Brown Jr. Mayor, City and County of San Francisco United States Fritjof Capra Founding Director, Center for Ecoliteracy United States Ingvar Carlsson Former Prime Minister of Sweden Co-chair Commission on Global Governance Sweden Eugene Carroll Jr. Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy Retired United States Jimmy Carter President of the United States of America Nobel Laureate, Peace, 2002 United States Sir Arthur C. Clarke Author Sri Lanka Mairead Corrigan McQuire Nobel Laureate, Peace, 1976 Northern Ireland Walter Cronkite Journalist United States Mario Cuomo Former Governor of New York State United States His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso the 14th Dalai Lama Nobel Laureate, Peace, 1989 India Marian Wright Edeiman Founder and President, Children's Defense Fund United States Paul Ehrlich Population and Environmental Scientist United States Richard R. Ernst Nobel Laureate, Chemistry, 1991 Switzerland Adolfo Perez Esquivel Nobel Laureate, Peace, 1980 Argentina Benjamin B. …