DECLARATION TOWARD A GLOBAL ETHIC
The Declaration Toward a Global Ethic was drafted by Hans Küng and, after consultation with scholars and representatives of various religions, approved at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1993.
The first Parliament of the World’s Religions took place in Chicago as part of the World Columbian Exposition. This was the first time that leaders of different religions came together to engage in dialogue and exchange. This parliament is recognized as the beginning of the worldwide interreligious movement.
A second Parliament of the World’s Religions took place again in Chicago one hundred years later to commemorate the initial event. Inspired by the Global Ethic Project, officials organizing the parliament approached Hans Küng with the request that he put together a document containing the ethical consensus outlined in his project. After consultation with scholars and representatives from diverse religions, Küng’s draft of the Declaration Toward a Global Ethic was presented to the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago and ratified on September 4th 1993.
Approximately 6,000 people from diverse religions discussed the document and the Global Ethic idea presented in it. It was ultimately signed by more than 200 chosen religious representatives, most notably the 14th Dalai Lama.
By adopting the Declaration Toward a Global Ethic, leaders from all world religions agreed for the first time upon core elements of a common ethic : humane treatment of all human beings and the “Golden Rule”, non-violence, peace and justice, integrity, and partnership.
Declaration Toward a Global Ethic can be downloaded in the following languages:
Bahasa Malaysia [PDF]