On 1 April 2014, the German Government embarked together on the path towards preparing a Charter for the Future. On 24 November 2014, at a Government Conference in Berlin, the Charter for the Future was passed and delivered to the German Chancellor Ms Merkel. The Charter is the culmination of the joint efforts and deliberations of a wide range of different stakeholders. Individual members of the public and experts from government, civil society, including faith-based institutions and foundations, the private sector and academia have all contributed valuable input. Discussions have been conducted both online at www.zukunftscharta.de and at thematic events held the length and breadth of Germany. Approximately 1,500 online contributions, comments and opinions were submitted, including Human Rights at Sea, being invited by German Government. At the same time, dialogue forums organised in every corner of the country have provided thousands more participants with the opportunity to express their views on the Charter for the Future. This vision is enshrined in the Charter through themes which allow each and every one in Germany to assume responsibility for the world. However, the Charter for the Future does not stop at the level of individual action. It also sets out clear areas of responsibility for different groups of stakeholders such as government, business and civil society both in Germany and around the globe, with a view to joining forces and achieving sustainable development over the years to come. 2015 has been designated the year for development, new international goals will be agreed for sustainable development, global negotiations will be launched for a new climate protocol and Germany will assume the Presidency of the G7. The Charter of the Future will be a guideline and compass for German G7 Presidency in 2015.
Update provided by Jens Dieckmann, Attorney-at-Law, HRAS Trustee.
Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) is a Registered Charity in England and Wales No. 1161673. The organisation has been independently developed for the benefit of the international community for matters and issues concerning human rights in the maritime environment. Its aim is to explicitly raise awareness, implementation and accountability of human rights provisions throughout the maritime environment, especially where they are currently absent, ignored or being abused.
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