Declaration of Interdependence - Interdependence Day Paris 2005
Conceived of in 2000 and drafted in 2003, The Declaration of Interdependence
is a rallying cry for all of those who recognize the challenges and great potential of our interdependent world. In much the same way that declarations of independence—such as those of the United States
, and India
—inspired people around the world in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, the Declaration of Interdependence seeks to unite people around a common platform for the twenty-first. The distinction can be found in the context; though they can be influential and inspirational for those across the globe, declarations of independence are limiting in that they apply only to a national citizenry and intrinsically set up new boundaries (political, trade, etc.) between people. In contrast, the Declaration of Interdependence seeks to bridge existing political borders and join global citizens together to face the challenges of our new millennium.
Thousands of people—from secondary school students to prime ministers—from across the world have signed the Declaration since 2003. Some of the early signers include politicians (former U.S. Senator Gary Hart, Lord Frank Judd of the British House of Lords, former U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey, Hungarian parliamentarian Ivan Vitanyi), artists (Harry Belafonte, actress Morgan Fairchild), entrepreneurs (Diana Aviv [CEO, Independent Sector], Carlo de Benedetti [La Repubblica and L'Espresso], George Soros), and journalists (David Gergen, Adam Michnick [Gazeta Wyborcza]).
The Declaration of Interdependence is now available on this site in Dutch
, and Turkish
(and will soon be available in Greek
, and Arabic
) in the Documents
section. We would like to have the Declaration in all of the languages spoken in our interdependent world—from Abkhaz to Zulu—and welcome any translations you are willing to make. Post your translation in the documents section or email to email@example.com