Only when public conscience is sufficiently awakened to the critical needs of others, only when a huge swathe of the populace is standing up for the basic rights of the poorest among us – only then can we talk of a humanity that shares in any meaningful sense of the word.
In this thinkpiece for The Next System Project, David Korten sets out his 'natural case for sharing'. No-one has a right to own or control, for his or her exclusive private benefit, a share of assets essential to living far beyond any conceivable personal need, if this results in depriving others of a means to life, he argues. Redistribution to achieve a semblance of economic democracy is not only just, it is an imperative of a viable human future.
If the Sustainable Development Goals are to become a reality, what has to be done, and what specific policy changes are necessary at the international level? The Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has produced the first annual Spotlight Report assessing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the structural obstacles in its realization, with contributions from many prominent civil society observers.
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Right to Development, the Human Rights Council held a Panel discussion at the Palais des Nations (Geneva) on 15 June 2016. As argued in a speech by the South Centre, this Declaration remains an important framework for the achievement of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, and it has an enduring practical relevance for the key global issues of our time.
Two of the Elders, Graça Machel and Ricardo Lagos, call on the African continent's leaders to invest substantial political capital to make Universal Health Coverage a reality for their peoples. Countries like Malawi and Ethiopia prove that it is possible to provide free services to the entire population, if governments prioritise health in their budgets.