I believe in the
THE TRIESTE DECLARATION
Of HUMAN DUTIES
IT IS THE DUTY OF EVERY HUMAN BEING TO:
1. Respect human
dignity as well as ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.
against racial injustice and all discrimination of women, and the
abuse and exploitation
3. Work for improvement in the quality of life of aged and disabled persons.
4. Respect human life and condemn the sale of human beings or parts of the living human body.
5. Support efforts
to improve the life of people suffering from hunger, misery, disease or
6. Promote effective voluntary family planning in order to regulate world population growth.
7. Support actions for an equitable distribution of world resources.
8. Avoid energy
waste and work for the reduction of the use of fossil fuels. Promote the
inexhaustible energy sources, representing a minimum of environmental and health risks.
9. Protect nature
from pollution and abuse, promote conservation of natural resources and
restoration of degraded environments.
10. Respect and
preserve the genetic diversity of living organisms and promote constant
of the application of genetic technologies.
11. Promote improvement
of urban and rural regions and support endeavours to eliminate the
causes of environmental destruction and impoverishment which can lead to massive migrations
of people and over population in urban areas.
for maintenance of world peace, condemn war, terrorism and all other
activities by calling for decreased military spending in all countries and restriction of the
proliferation and dissemination of arms, in particular, weapons of mass destruction.
Professor R. Malcolm Brown, Jr.
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Notes: This Declaration was originally proposed
by Professor Rita Levi Montalcini of Italy who is presently the President
of the International Council of Human Duties ( ICHD). I was initially made aware of this magnificent organization through
Professor Sergio Paoletti of the University of Trieste whom I met at a recent meeting in Berlin. In addition to science of
common interest, we discussed the destruction of the world's forests, and I mentioned that I had a grand plan to overcome this by developing a strain of microbes to produce cellulose in salt water environments, thus removing entirely the need to
harvest forest trees for wood and pulp as well as growing of cotton for textiles. This is a dream and I have decided to
dream as Robert Muller has done -"be born to fashion a better world"...