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The Great Declaration

The Great Declaration


A group of young people from Québec and around the world send out a call for commitment.
The Great Declaration proclaims the principles and values they wish to promote on a global scale. Its aim is to instill the desire for change and to stimulate involvement among citizens. Although primarily proposed by young people, its message is addressed to all generations.
Original in its content, the Great Declaration invites each signatory to personally commit to concrete action with a view to building a world that is more just, more open and more united.
The Great Declaration will be officially proclaimed
on August 12, 2008, on the occasion of the United
Nations' International Youth Day, to be held in Quebec City within the scope of its 400th anniversary.



Let us rise and voice what we want for today and the years to come.
We call upon every man and woman, in all walks of life, to take concrete action in order to build a world that is more
just, more open and more united.
Our actions, no matter how small, have an impact on education, politics, culture, health, the environment and the economy.
We, the heirs of humanity and responsible for future generations, declare that:
Education can allow us to live in a world that is more just.
Through education, each person has a better understanding of the world and develops the skills to access better living conditions.
Basic education must be accessible to all.


So that each person can learn to read, to write and to count.
Let us recognize that the family is the most conducive place to transmit values and knowledge
Let us facilitate the sharing of knowledge across the generational gap.
We must strive to keep on learning throughout our lives.
We believe that the role of education is to foster the development of critical thinking.
Critical thinking allows us to participate in society's debates, contribute new ideas and choose the most reliable sources
of information.


So that critical thinking can become a constructive tool.
Let us kindle people's desire to take action and become involved,
Let us encourage all to seek to be informed and to enrich their ideas with those of others.
Freedom of expression must be respected for it is an expression of our humanity.
All must be able to insist that their representatives be freely elected and be accountable to all.


So that each of us actively participates in our governments' and communities' choices.
Wherever there is dialogue; let us ensure that every point of view is respected.
We believe that all people are motivated by their culture and possess certain values.


To promote cultural diversity.
Let us disseminate and encourage cultural expression in all forms.
Let us be open to others and their ideas
It is time for each of us to participate in finding solutions to the health and poverty problems that affect a large part of
the world's population, especially women.


So that health promotion initiatives play an important role in school programs, community education and work
Let us share medical and food resources
Let us diffuse our knowledge and use the technologies so that each can access to quality health services and a safe
We consider that a healthy planet is essential to the development of humanity


So that our lifestyles are in harmony with our planet's ecosystems.
Let us show greater responsibility and awareness regarding the changes and any disturbances we cause.
Let us recognize the value of the environment and ecosystems.
Let us put in place green initiatives and take part in those that already exist in our communities.
For these objectives to be reached, wealth must be more fairly distributed: economic prosperity must be used to
contribute to greater social justice.
Our economic choices must be well-informed, solidary and respectful of the environment and human rights.
Each of us has the power to influence the economy, regardless of our roles.


For a better balance between economic development and social justice.
Let us encourage local producers.
Let us foster the development of fairer trade.
Let us take part in social economy initiatives where humans take precedence over profits.
Let us invest in socially responsible enterprises.
It is our duty to recognize, respect and promote human rights throughout the world.
We must recognize the collective rights of all people, including the first peoples and minority peoples.
Our daily actions must reflect those rights, for they ensure human dignity.
We are convinced that each and everyone must become involved in order to reach these goals of freedom, equity,
openness, respect, and solidarity.
Let us reject and denounce injustice.
Let us play a pivotal role for the future of humanity and of our planet.
In our own way, let each of us take a stand and act now!

131 people signed the petition

Name Country Date
Jarra McGrath Australia Mar 21, 2008
Imad Odat Canada Mar 21, 2008
Henry Ekwuruke Nigeria Mar 21, 2008
MICHAEL Ghana Mar 21, 2008
ASHISH SHARMA India Mar 22, 2008
Sarah Richardson Canada Mar 22, 2008
দেবশ্রীDebashree India Mar 24, 2008
DAKE KOFI SELORM Ghana Mar 24, 2008
Owulezi Nigeria Mar 24, 2008
Peter Osa Nigeria Mar 25, 2008
Amara Conté Guinea Mar 25, 2008
Nick Yeo Canada Mar 25, 2008
LauraK Canada Mar 25, 2008
Mai Canada Mar 25, 2008
Nikki Canada Mar 25, 2008
Jerry Nwigwe Nigeria Mar 25, 2008
Carina Bleuer Canada Mar 25, 2008
Tchekwie Canada Mar 25, 2008
Hayk Switzerland Mar 25, 2008
anna kyei Ghana Mar 26, 2008
Cassykonzult Nigeria Mar 26, 2008
Efraim Neto Brazil Mar 26, 2008
Angel Nigeria Mar 28, 2008
Kimia Ghomeshi Canada Mar 28, 2008
Emmanuel Osei Awuah Ghana Mar 28, 2008
Prosper COMLA Togo Mar 28, 2008
Mohammed A. Abed Albaki Iraq Mar 30, 2008
wilsonuche Nigeria Mar 30, 2008
Mafer Mexico Mar 31, 2008
Nana Yaw Boampong Sapong United States Mar 31, 2008
Muqing Canada Apr 1, 2008
Fred D. Barlue Liberia Apr 1, 2008
Deven Canada Apr 1, 2008
Tosin O. Nigeria Apr 1, 2008
Stewart Houston BA; Dip.Ed United Kingdom Apr 1, 2008
Kyle Simunovic Canada Apr 2, 2008
Tina Lee Canada Apr 2, 2008
Sessi Canada Apr 3, 2008
r_gemini United States Apr 3, 2008
Jennifer Corriero Canada Apr 4, 2008
Carlos United States Apr 4, 2008
kivumbi Uganda Apr 6, 2008
Raphael Wanjaria Njararuhi Kenya Apr 7, 2008
Rade Glomazic Serbia Apr 9, 2008
R Kahendi United States Apr 10, 2008
Prometheus Canada Apr 14, 2008
Dr.M.Mukhtar Alam India Apr 15, 2008
Rukh Gurung Nepal Apr 29, 2008
Ozlem Nur Ozturk Turkey May 9, 2008
collins Nigeria May 10, 2008
Manuel Ibanez Peru May 17, 2008
Miranda United States May 17, 2008
Carmen United States May 18, 2008
Angela Peru May 19, 2008
Sergei Detinkoyosovick Russia Jun 2, 2008
... United States Jun 25, 2008
Hansha Sanjyal Nepal Jun 28, 2008
Anayuth Escarcega Mexico Jul 15, 2008
Luciana Brasil Brazil Jul 17, 2008
Adham Tobail Palestine Jul 18, 2008
Ahed Ali Palestine Jul 19, 2008
Monica Morales Mexico Jul 26, 2008
Sabrine Herrira Tunisia Jul 26, 2008
Julian Andres Colombia Aug 29, 2008
Elizabeth Arceo Mexico Aug 29, 2008
Jonathan-Frank Canada Oct 4, 2008
Hafiidhaturrahmah Indonesia Oct 5, 2008
Charlotte S Canada Oct 26, 2008
Peter Richard Crolla United Kingdom Nov 3, 2008
Tavis A. Bragg Nov 13, 2008
Habeeb Ibrahim India Nov 15, 2008
Danish Khan MCP, CompTIA A+ & CompTIA Network+ Certified Professional (webmaster@mdanishkhan.tk) Saudi Arabia Nov 15, 2008
Johanny Arilexis Pérez Sierra Costa Rica Nov 21, 2008
Clara Canada Nov 23, 2008
Curtis Australia Dec 7, 2008
Rup Sunar Nepal Dec 10, 2008
Liamjod Canada Dec 23, 2008
Elaine United Kingdom Dec 31, 2008
Jessi Agnew Jan 13, 2009
Kemal UYSAL Turkey Jan 14, 2009
Katherine Walraven Canada Jan 22, 2009
Sherri Mattatall Canada Feb 2, 2009
Mohamed Elkashash Egypt Feb 10, 2009
Danish Khan Pakistan Feb 21, 2009
Claudia United States Mar 10, 2009
charlene Canada Apr 2, 2009
Suneboy Nepal Apr 16, 2009
Yashoda Nepal May 12, 2009
Shoaib Khan India May 15, 2009
Medha Sharma Nepal May 22, 2009
ARICANLEV Mexico Jun 6, 2009
Shreejana K.C Nepal Jun 17, 2009
Samantha Canada Jun 20, 2009
Meggyn Canada Jul 7, 2009
Farah Wikarski Canada Jul 22, 2009
Women's Studies Undergrad Student Collective Canada Aug 3, 2009
Carla Ecuador Aug 16, 2009
Leonvde New Zealand Sep 1, 2009
Jaya Jung Mahat-जय जङ महत Nepal Sep 16, 2009
Mørk Morgen United States Oct 21, 2009
clo United States Nov 15, 2009
Daniel Ibanez Peru Jan 4, 2010
john United States Mar 12, 2010
joe United States Mar 30, 2010
Henry Nigeria Apr 4, 2010
Arjun Subedi Nepal Aug 9, 2010
Asuka Kondoh United States Oct 5, 2010
Dalene Valorie United States Dec 2, 2010
Farhad Iran Nov 9, 2011
khotso Lesotho Jan 16, 2012
mwiinga edwin Zambia Feb 28, 2012
Marli Lopez-Hope Australia Mar 8, 2012
Teagan Hickey Australia Mar 8, 2012
Belinda Bal South Africa Apr 7, 2012
منظمة مجموعة حريات للتنمية وحقوق الانسان Libya Apr 8, 2012
Bamisebi olawale Nigeria Apr 9, 2012
harjas walia India Apr 27, 2012
Joël Kalpram Australia Aug 29, 2012
Ngi Tungu Christophe Congo, DR Jul 21, 2014
Allen Joseph Philippines Jul 23, 2014
priyadarshini India Jul 30, 2014
Fadumajama Canada Aug 4, 2014
Asami Kirino United States Aug 19, 2014
Akin O. Collins Nigeria Sep 8, 2014
Blake Osborne United States Sep 22, 2014
laura New Zealand Oct 21, 2014
grace osgood United States Dec 3, 2014
skippy weaver United States Dec 3, 2014
Michelle Wambui Kenya Dec 5, 2014
Koffi YEOUYE Togo Dec 14, 2014

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Recent Comments

  • Togo

    Koffi YEOUYE

    Dec 14, 2014

    We are bestowed with liberty and life from God. So our usual duty is to help secure both for our own's achievement. Keep on good work.

  • Kenya

    Michelle Wambui

    Dec 5, 2014

    The enviromment is the greatest gift we have on this planet because it holds the greatest assets of nature... our environment deserves respect,love,care,kindness,protection and all other great aspects of humanity. The natural environment is a one of a kind beauty to behold... it is such a precious jewel that humans can not afford to loose... so let us join together to protect and defend our precious environment not just for a better living but for a great, blest and better living

  • New Zealand


    Oct 21, 2014

    what good are words if we do not act upon them

  • United States

    Blake Osborne

    Sep 22, 2014