On December 10, 2009:
- It will be the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human RIghts, spearheaded by Eleanor Roosevelt in the aftermath of World War II;
- President Barack Obama will be receiving his Nobel Peace Prize;
- It will be the fourth day of the UN 2009 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, with 240 NGO events and 2,000 other events scheduled during the two week conference; and
- The streets in Copenhagen and around the world will be filled with people, in the biggest demonstration of global unity calling for a sound treaty and global actions to remedy the greatest crisis ever faced by humanity.
As the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change coincides with Human Rights Day, let’s consider whether our 2009 world calls for amending the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and whether it is appropriate to elevate our basic needs for survival to the level of universal human rights.
Here is a draft proposal to amend the UDHR in honor of Copenhagen. Suggestions, endorsements or strategies for its use are most welcome in comments. Continue reading