Pope Paul VI quoteSocial Justice Teachings,
Documents, and more

(Part 5/6)

United Nations

United Nations' declarations, conventions, and covenants -- among the most well-known in the world -- set social justice standards that nations strive to implement. Many have not been ratified by every U.N. member country. For example, the United States has not signed or ratified CEDAW (included below).

Following is a sampling of important U.N. (and U.N. involved) documents:

Aarhus Convention and its Protocol on PRTRs Your Right to a Healthy Community (1998 and 2010)

American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man (1948: Latin American)

Convention on Cluster Munitions (2008)

Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo) (1991)

Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (1979)

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) (1979)

Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (1973)

Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) (1992)

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006)

Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)

Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents (1992)

Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (Refugee Convention) (1951)

Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

Declaration of the Rights of the sChild (1959)

Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (2003)

Geneva Conventions (1949, 1977, 2005)

Global Investor Statement on Climate Change (2010)

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966)

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966)

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1965)

International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism (1999)

International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombing (1998)

International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (2001)

Kyoto Protocol (1997)

Millennium Development Goals (2000)

Mine Ban Treaty (1997)

Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (1989)

Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Regard to Human Rights (2003)

Protect, Respect, and Remedy: A Framework for Business and Human Rights (2008)

United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007)

United Nations Millennium Declaration (2000)

Social Justice Teachings, Documents, and more includes:

Introduction      Roman Catholic (Part 1/6)      Other Christian Traditions (Part 2/6)     Other Religions (Part 3/6)

Interfaith Groups (Part 4/6)      United Nations (Part 5/6)      Business-related and Initiatives (Part 6/6)

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Updated July 7, 2014.