International Humanist and Ethical Union IHEU

the world union of humanists organizations

IHEU is the world union of over 100 Humanist, rationalist, secular, ethical culture, atheist and freethought organizations in more than 40 countries. Our mission is to represent and support the global Humanist movement. Our goal is a Humanist world in which human rights are respected and all can live a life of dignity. (Homepage).

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About: Founded in Amsterdam in 1952, International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is the sole world umbrella organisation embracing Humanist, atheist, rationalist, secularist, skeptic, laique, ethical cultural, freethought and similar organisations world-wide.

Our vision is a Humanist world; a world in which human rights are respected and everyone is able to live a life of dignity. The mission of IHEU is to build and represent the global Humanist movement that defends human rights and promotes Humanist values world-wide. IHEU sponsors the triennial World Humanist Congress.

Based in London, IHEU is an international NGO with Special Consultative Status with the UN (New York, Geneva, Vienna), General Consultative Status at UNICEF (New York) and the Council of Europe (Strasbourg), and maintains operational relations with UNESCO (Paris) …

… Aims – The long term strategic aims of IHEU are: 

  • To promote Humanism as a non-theistic life stance throughout the world;
  • To represent Humanists within the international community and organisations;
  • To defend human rights and the rights of Humanist;
  • To develop organised Humanism in every part of the world;
  • To build a strong and effective global organisation.

Strategy – To pursue our aims we will:

  • promote the identity of Humanism including the name and symbol of Humanism;
  • promote the IHEU Amsterdam Declaration 2002 on Humanism;
  • promote freedom of religion and belief;
  • focus on achieving separation of religion and state throughout the world;
  • focus on activities that can only be undertaken by a global organisation;
  • work closely with our member organisation;
  • support our members in their campaigns and activitie;
  • bring our members together at conferences and in regional groups:
  • help establish IHEYO as the world Humanist youth organisation;
  • use strategic alliances to pursue our aims.

Activities – the Core IHEU activities are:

  • International conferences: to bring Humanists together and inspire them;
  • Campaigns: to promote and defend human rights and Humanist values;
  • Representation at international and regional bodies: to further Humanist goals;
  • Growth and Development: to support Humanist groups in developing countries;
  • Organisational Development: developing the youth movement, a women’s network, membership and support.

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