For the the first time in human history, the peoples of the world came together and spoke in unison about:
- The fundamental nature of human nature
- Our common needs, interests and aspirations
- The common challenges that, as a species, we must over come - if we are to survive.
Instead, they issued a consensus statement intended not only for nations, but for all people everywhere. They melded the personal and the political. They declared with courage that, despite all our apparent differences, human beings are not enemies but allies:
- We have a common problem - and that is not each other.
- We have a common solution - and that requires each other.
- We are all members of a human family - and should treat each other that way.
- We are equal, everyone everywhere, in dignity and rights.
- We are all endowed with reason and conscience. In other words: our ability to make sense of experiences and to live according to deeply held values is a part of our nature as human beings.
- Everyone, everywhere has needs, insights, voice and perspectives that deserve respect, fair hearing and meaningful inclusion on par with others.
- Everyone, everywhere deserves the means to make a living and support a family.
- Everyone, everywhere has a right to develop and participate in the natural stream of life in the communities where they live.
- Our common problem as human beings is fear and want. We must address the social injustices, power abuses and resource inequities that prevent us from treating each other fairly and well.
- Our common solution - and the highest aspiration of humankind - is to create a world where these basic rights and freedoms are protected for all of us. They are the birthright of all people everywhere as members of the human family.