Wednesday, December 10, 2008
There are many ways to celebrate today's 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One of the most important is to promote the future of human rights in all areas, from preventing the most serious violations of human rights to promoting greater knowledge and appreciation of international human rights law, ways to enforce international human rights norms, and promoting values such as human rights and corporate responsibility.
On that last point, the U.N. press office tells us that 183 educational institutions from around the world have signed a United Nations-backed initiative to promote more ethical and inclusive business practices, including human rights education. The Principles for Responsible Management Education, established by the UN Global Compact last year, commits the business schools to include in their curricula values of corporate responsibility in such fields as human rights, fighting corruption, and the environment.
We wish all of our readers a happy International Human Rights Day today, and hope that you find some way today of promoting international human rights.