Realizing Rights

The Ethical Globalization Initiative

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  • Realizing Rights was founded in October 2002 by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland (1990 – 1997) and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997 – 2002). Our supporters include Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Musimbi Kanyoro. Our mission is to put human rights standards at the heart of global governance and policy-making and to ensure that the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable are addressed on the global stage.
  • In collaboration with, The Aspen Institute, Columbia University and the International Council on Human Rights Policy, we are committed to convening key stakeholders in new alliances to integrate concepts of human rights, gender equality and enhanced accountability into efforts to address global challenges and governance shortcomings … (full text about Us).

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About Ethical Globalization; Today’s globalization is one of stark contrasts. There are more connections – markets, people and ideas linked as never before. At the same time, there are more divisions – between North and South, between rich and poor, between the powerful and powerless. 

These divides can be seen in statistics. At a time of unparalleled prosperity for some, 54 countries are poorer now than they were a decade ago.

In 14 countries, more children are dying before their fifth birthday. In 21 countries, more people are going hungry. In 34 countries, life expectancy has fallen.

East African slumWorldwide, the number of people living in chronic poverty and daily insecurity has not changed for more than ten years, with women and children suffering disproportionately.

No one will deny any longer that turmoil in one region can spread rapidly to others, through terrorism, armed conflict, environmental degradation or disease as demonstrated by the rapid spread of AIDS around the globe in a single generation.

While the connections are evident, we seem further apart in finding ways to tackle global problems in a coordinated way where the burdens and responsibilities are shared.

Ethical Globalization:

  • Acknowledges shared responsibilities for addressing global challenges and affirms that our common humanity doesn’t stop at national borders.
  • Recognizes that all individuals are equal in dignity and have the right to certain entitlements, rather than viewing them as objects of benevolence or charity.
  • Embraces the importance of gender and the need for attention to the often different impacts of economic and social policies on women and men.
  • Affirms that a world connected by technology and trade must also be connected by shared values, norms of behavior and systems of accountability.

Ethical globalization requires greater recognition of the responsibility of the international community to help people who have been denied their fundamental rights. This requires taking human rights beyond their more traditional political and legal realms and applying them to other fields.

Realizing Rights energetically applauds the innovative and successful initiatives around the world that are advancing the notion of shared responsibility for the challenges of globalization.

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