Global Ethic Foundation


The Global Ethic project is a political project and from the beginning has sought out dialogue within the political sphere. Together with the InterAction Council, comprised of former heads of state and government, the Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities was prepared. This declaration spells out the connection between rights and responsibilities, a subject which is also addressed in the Declaration of Human Rights.


2001 marked a dramatic highlight in the history of the Global Ethic project. In 1998, the General Assembly of the United Nations accepted the proposal of Mohammad Khatami, the reform-oriented president of Iran, to proclaim 2001 as the International Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations. UN General Secretary Kofi Annan appointed a 20 person Group of Eminent Persons, including Hans Küng, to draw up a manifesto for the Dialogue Among Civilizations, which emphasized the need for a common ethic of humanity: Crossing the Divide.

After the devastating terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C. in 2001, the UN General Assembly, which was due to discuss the Dialogue Among Civilizations, was held early. The manifesto Crossing the Divide was introduced, Hans Küng was called as an expert to make a statement before the General Assembly, and a resolution for a Global Agenda for Dialogue Among Civilizations was passed. Article 2 of the agenda calls for the “development of better understanding on the basis of common ethical standards and universal human values”, which is totally in line with the Global Ethic project.

In addition, the Global Ethic Foundation acts as advisor to political institutions and cooperates with authorities at various levels (read more about this at Projects).