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“A Dedicated Representative of Future Generations”-Judge C.G.Weeramantry calls for the UN to provide leadership

A significant omission in most legal systems is their lack of adequate concepts, procedures and institutions to protect the rights of future generations.  Concentration on the rights of the present obscures their view of the rights of those who are unable to stand up for themselves when their rights are being denigrated. The present generation is damaging their rights irretrievably, as no other generation has done, and is doing so on a scale unmatched in human history. 

Every culture and religion stresses the importance of protecting our children.  This is a primary duty and it extends a fortiori to the protection of our children’s children.  If we fail to do so, we are betraying the most solemn and sacred trust that lies upon us as human beings and trustees for future generations.

It is the duty of the United Nations to provide leadership and long-term vision in this area by spreading awareness of the problem, the causes of the problem and the steps needed to address it.  An outstanding step in this direction would be the appointment of a dedicated representative of future generations, who can provide the necessary long-term perspectives, both internationally and to legal systems across the world.

 It is indeed surprising that this blind spot in the law has thus far received totally inadequate attention.”

Judge WeeramantryJudge C.G.Weeramantry, Former Vice-President, International Court of Justice

Posted by Future Justice on 9 October 2013



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