Human dignity and mutual respect

The United Nation`s goals – peace, justice, human dignity, tolerance and solidarity are – enshrined it is Charter. This is the foundation for global values, to be followed and cherished by all of its Member States. These values should lead the UN and its member states in goal setting and decision-making be it nationally, regionally or globally. Every human being, every community, every nation should have the right and opportunity to draw on these values and be respected by others.

Human dignity is at the centre of this value system – without peace, justice, tolerance and solidarity there is no human dignity. All people around the world have the right to a peaceful and safe habitat and individual development and progress. States, their governments and leaders should guarantee it Responsibility to Protect, especially its first pillar, should have universal following.

Human dignity is safeguarded best by the rule of law and good governance. In this respect, global tolerance, inclusive and caring social attitudes, and initiatives to advance them are of utmost importance. Different UN human rights initiatives should be followed at all levels and in all activities of the organisation, but also by the states.

Dignity through habitat has a direct link to peace and stability. People will be less exposed to radicalisation or prone to fundamentalist ideologies and will be better prepared to meet the challenges of life in an environment where their freedoms and rights can be exercised without hindrance, education is freely accessible with prospects for a decent life. The best security guarantee is human rights and their protection. Violations of human rights dilute security and will sooner or later lead to conflict.

In wars and conflicts, between or within states, many civilians are killed, injured or have to leave their homes, millions suffer directly or indirectly from the violence. The international community should be more steadfast and principled in the fight against impunity, particularly with regard to crimes against humanity Being on the side of the victors should not release anybody from liability. This position would act as a deterrent in itself.

In conflicts, the most vulnerable groups and segments of society, among them women, children, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, suffer the most. To minimise the concurrent injustice, the problems have to be addressed and confronted continuously. Concrete measures have to be taken. Here the larger UN system and the Security Council more specifically have an important role to play.

The numbers of fallen on the battlefield are much smaller than those killed through collateral damage or war-inflicted violence. The wars and conflicts of the 20th century proved that civilian population is the most vulnerable and exposed group of population. International community and the Security Council should take legal and practical measures that would protect civilians in conflict in the best possible way and create new norms and culture.

The Sustainable Development Goals are built on three interdependable, interrelated and mutually reinforcing pillars environment, economy, human rights. The SDGs main aim is to create a sustainable world where people can live a dignified life. That can be best achieved in a secure and stable habitat, in the environment where security is maintained and stability ensured. There is a direct link between SDGs and security, meaning that the Security Council has a serious role in fulfilling these goals.