Thursday, October 23, 2008

View of Caux Palace from Sonchaud

A statement from the 2008 Caux Forum

The human family is confronting a stark choice. Will we continue to pursue narrow sectional interests, or create a just and generous world order?

 

As icecaps melt and sea levels rise, millions are being forced to migrate – a trend that will grow steadily, increasing pressure on scarce resources. This will exacerbate existing threats to peace, such as the stalemate in the Middle East, the spread of nuclear weapons, and the despair out of which people turn to violence.

Politics, as practised today in many countries, is heightening ethnic and religious differences. Too often, our leaders focus on short-term advantage, and use fear and domination to achieve this. This does not bode well for our ability to cope with the far greater upheavals of the coming decades. We face the threat of a widespread breakdown of the rule of law, and the collapse of institutions vital to good governance.

This need not happen. We have the knowledge and resources to avert environmental disaster, and end extreme poverty. We have immense experience in resolving conflict. We could find solutions, even to the long-running dispute between Palestine and Israel, which has shattered the well-being of Muslims, Jews and Christians in the region, and embittered much of our world.

A secure future depends on the growth of a culture of respect between nations and peoples, and of responsibility for our common home, the Earth. We need a new political vision, based on generosity and equity, which encourages integrity and fosters a vibrant civil society.

Both political leaders and citizens have a vital role in developing this culture. All are needed to heal the wounds and eradicate the injustices. A network of people who reject prejudice and indifference will build trust across the world’s divides. Thisis the aim of the Caux Forum for Human Security.

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