2048: Humanity's Agreement to Live Together

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2048 is the story of the most important international social movement in the 21st century: the drafting and implementation of an International Bill of Rights that will be enforceable in the courts of every country on Earth.

In 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but its provisions are not enforceable so its promise remains unfulfilled. It's time to take the next step. 2048 shows how we can create an agreement that will truly guarantee ...

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Overview

2048 is the story of the most important international social movement in the 21st century: the drafting and implementation of an International Bill of Rights that will be enforceable in the courts of every country on Earth.

In 1948 the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but its provisions are not enforceable so its promise remains unfulfilled. It's time to take the next step. 2048 shows how we can create an agreement that will truly guarantee global human rights and the rule of law and have it in place by the 100th anniversary of the Universal Declaration—a visionary, audacious, but eminently achievable goal. J. Kirk Body outlines the freedoms this new document would protect and describes successful international agreements already in place that can serve as models.

But the 2048 Project needs you. "What you do with what you read," Boyd writes, "is as important as what this book says." He explains how people in all countries can help shape the document through the 2048 Project website (2048.berkeley.edu)—hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law—and offers practical advice for reaching out and building support step by step so that the International Bill of Rights will become the foundation of an irresistible grassroots movement.

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 “2048 raises an important question: can humanity reach a written agreement to live together? This is a question worth asking and discussing—2048 is a book worth reading.”

—Bertrand Ramcharan, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Library Journal
Boyd (executive director, 2048 Project, Univ. of California-Berkeley Law Sch.) invites the people of the world to participate in the creation of a new international human rights declaration by using wiki technology. According to its web site, the 2048 Project aspires to draft an international framework for enforceable human rights that can be in place by the year 2048, the 100th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In this eponymous book on behalf of the project, Boyd argues for the necessity of such a document and defends his efforts from critics who might argue that the goals of the project are too lofty and idealistic. However, far more space is devoted to the 2048's potential to expand the current definition of human rights than to laying out a detailed plan for its global adoption or enforcement. VERDICT Scholars and supporters of human-rights movements will be interested in this movement and its book.—April Younglove, Rochester Regional Lib. Council, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605093307
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/12/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. John Kirk Boyd is a lawyer, professor, and Executive Director of the 2048 Project at the U.C. Berkeley law school. In addition, the author has argued at every level of court, including the United States Supreme Court. He teaches International Human Rights, Civil Rights, International Law, Free Speech, and Constitutional Law at the University of California.

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Table of Contents

Timeline for the achievement of the 2048 project ix

Introduction: Breaking Our Chains 1

Part 1 How the 2048 Movement Began

Chapter 1 Turning Point for Humanity 10

Chapter 2 Challenges and Opportunities 28

Part 2 What the 2048 Movement Is

Chapter 3 Five Freedoms for All 46

Chapter 4 Freedom of Speech 56

Chapter 5 Freedom of Religion 64

Chapter 6 Freedom from Want 70

Chapter 7 Freedom for the Environment 84

Chapter 8 Freedom from Fear 92

Part 3 Where the 2048 Movement Is Headed

Chapter 9 Regional Agreements to Live Together 102

Chapter 10 Humanity's Agreement to Live Together 108

Chapter 11 The Path Together 118

Chapter 12 Focus Together 124

Chapter 13 Think Together 138

Chapter 14 Write Together 148

Chapter 15 Decide Together 162

Conclusion: Forward Together 168

Resources

A Universal Declaration of Human Rights 171

B Draft International Convention on Human Rights, January 1, 2010 178

Notes 191

Photo Credits 201

Acknowledgments 203

Index 207

2048 Follow-up 220

About the Author 222

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