United Nations Millennium Declaration paragraphs 6
6. We consider certain fundamental values to be essential to international
relations in the twenty-first century. These include:
- Freedom. Men and women have the right to live their lives
and raise their
children in dignity, free from hunger and from the fear of violence, oppression
or injustice. Democratic and participatory governance based on the will of
people best assures these rights.
- Equality. No individual and no nation must be denied the
benefit from development. The equal rights and opportunities of women and
men must be assured.
- Solidarity. Global challenges must be managed in a way
that distributes the
costs and burdens fairly in accordance with basic principles of equity and
social justice. Those who suffer or who benefit least deserve help from those
who benefit most.
- Tolerance. Human beings must respect one other, in all
their diversity of
belief, culture and language. Differences within and between societies should
be neither feared nor repressed, but cherished as a precious asset of humanity.
A culture of peace and dialogue among all civilizations should be actively promoted.
- Respect for nature. Prudence must be shown in the management
of all living
species and natural resources, in accordance with the precepts of sustainable
development. Only in this way can the immeasurable riches provided to us by
nature be preserved and passed on to our descendants. The current
unsustainable patterns of production and consumption must be changed in the
interest of our future welfare and that of our descendants.
- Shared responsibility. Responsibility for managing worldwide
social development, as well as threats to international peace and security,
be shared among the nations of the world and should be exercised
multilaterally. As the most universal and most representative organization
in the world, the United Nations must play the central role.