We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.
In addition to existing as a founding document, the "Charter for Compassion" also serves as an umbrella for a network of compassionate communities. Over 70 local communities worldwide have declared themselves to be Compassionate Cities, including quite a few U.S. cities -- from Syracuse, New York, to Richardson, Texas to Springfield, Missouri, and Appleton, Wisconsin. Some task forces also exist at the state level -- for example, California has a Compassionate California Task Force.
Notably, the Charter for Compassion addresses human rights in its writings and explicitly endorses the rights-based SDGs.
In short, despite different emphases between Human Rights Cities, Compassionate Cities, and so on, there seems to be great potential for bringing these city-based movements together for more strategic sharing and coordinated actions.