Statement Of Principals
2008 Award Ceremony
From left: Dennis Frado, Lutheran Office for World Community; Martin Rendon, U.S. Fund for UNICEF; Sullivan Robinson, Trinity Development Corporation and former executive director, Congress of National Black Churches, and Arnold Kohen, international coordinator, Global Priorities Campaign.
An international statement in 2010 was endorsed by the Vatican, The Lutheran
Enclosed are documents from the Global Security Priorities Resolution meeting held Feb. 7,
WITH the international donors conference for millions of earthquake victims in Kashmir
This campaign is initiated by people and communities from a range of religions and beliefs. Though our beliefs and traditions may differ, we share common values and commitments to justice, peace and human security.
Human security is rooted in human rights (civil, political, economic, social and cultural). Human security is far more comprehensive than individual safety or military security. All people have the right to food, water, housing, health, and education. A human-centered approach to security contributes to safe livelihoods, promotes human dignity, and respects the environment. We affirm internationally agreed development goals and believe they must be fulfilled to help achieve worldwide human security. Based on real and perceived dangers, we are witnesses to an increasing shift of global resources from meeting basic human needs to military spending. This shift threatens human security. There is a need for changed budget priorities, supported by the redirection of resources as well as innovative sources of revenue, to eradicate poverty and meet human needs.
Through this campaign, we commit ourselves to work together for positive change with all people who seek to promote human security worldwide. Building on our shared commitment to justice, peace and human security, this campaign will advocate with all nations to increase the proportion of their resources used to meet human needs by means that include reducing military spending.
To achieve this common purpose, we will advocate to:
- Secure the common good of all people by reducing global military spending and redirecting resources to unmet human needs, particularly those of the most vulnerable and marginalized people in society, within ten years.
- Secure the common good of all people through the development of new and innovative sources of revenue.
- Meet human needs domestically and internationally by influencing budget priorities and creating greater equity in income and opportunities, including the fulfillment of internationally agreed development goals.
We will work together by:
Inviting people of all religions and secular traditions who share our values and commitments to join this international campaign for changed budget priorities and to mobilize their networks and communities for this purpose; Generating an intensive action-oriented and a results-oriented campaign; Ensuring that campaign strategies will arise from, and be consistent with, local priorities and international standards; Engaging religious leaders and people of faith in dialogue on human security and global budget priorities; and by Challenging religious and governmental policies or practices that are contrary to the values, commitments and purpose of this campaign. (revised Feb. 24, 2002)