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Declarations are another means of defining norms, which are not subject to ratification. They set forth universal principles to which the community of States wished to attribute the greatest possible authority and to afford the broadest possible support. Many instances might be quoted, the first being that of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted on 10 December 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly.

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Title: Agenda 21

Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment. The programme areas that constitute Agenda 21 are described in terms of the basis for action, objectives, activities and means of implementation. Agenda 21...

Title: Declaration of Alma-Ata

The need for urgent action by all governments, all health and development workers, and the world community to protect and promote the health of all the people of the world forms the basis for this declaration and is the bedrock against which all further actions have been based, including many of the agenda items of the MDG’s (International Conference on Primary Health...

Title: Declaration Of The High-Level Conference On World Food Security: The Challenges Of Climate Change And Bio-energy

The Conference through the Declaration called on the international community to increase assistance for developing countries, in particular the least developed countries and those that are most negatively affected by high food prices. It noted, "It is essential to address the fundamental question of how to increase the resilience of present food production systems to...

Title: Declaration on Social Progress and Development

The declaration that ‘all peoples and all human beings, without distinction as to race, colour, sex, language, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, family or social status, or political or other conviction, shall have the right to live in dignity and freedom and to enjoy the fruits of social progress and should, on their part, contribute to it’ forms the first of...

Title: Declaration on the Right to Development

The Declaration on the Right to Development (adopted by General Assembly resolution 41/128 of 4 December 1986) states that "the right to development is an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and...

Title: Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities

Part of he basket of human rights declarations this focuses specifically on the rights of National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities. It requires that States protect the existence and rights of minorities and ensure appropriate legislative and other measures to achieve these...

Title: Declaration on the Use of Scientific and Technological Progress in the Interests of Peace and for the Benefit of Mankind

This declaration (proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 3384 (XXX) of 10 November 1975) addresses two major issues. The realisation ‘that scientific and technological progress has become one of the most important factors in the development of human society, and to provide ever increasing opportunities to better the conditions of life of peoples and nations, in a...