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World Citizen

Fostering world citizenship is a practical strategy for promoting sustainable development. So long as disunity, antagonism and provincialism characterize the social, political and economic relations within and among nations, a global, sustainable pattern of development can not be established. Over a century ago Bahá’u’lláh warned, “The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.” Only upon a foundation of genuine unity, harmony and understanding among the diverse peoples and nations of the world, can a sustainable global society be erected.
(Bahá’í International Community, 1993 Jun 14, World citizenship A Global Ethic for Sustainable Development)


The concept of world citizenship is not new to the world community. It is both implicit and explicit in a host of UN documents, charters and agreements, including the opening words of the UN Charter itself: “We the peoples of the United Nations ... “ It is already being promoted around the world across all cultures by diverse NGOs, academics, citizens’ groups, entertainers, educational programs, artists, and media. These efforts are significant but need to be greatly increased. A carefully planned and orchestrated, long-term campaign to foster world citizenship, involving all sectors of society—local, national and international—needs to be put into place. It must be pursued with all the vigor, moral courage and conviction that the United Nations, its member states and all willing partners can muster.
(Bahá’í International Community, 1993 Jun 14, World citizenship A Global Ethic for Sustainable Development)


We, therefore, recommend that world citizenship be taught in every school and that the oneness of humanity—the principle underlying world citizenship—be constantly asserted in every nation.
(Bahá’í International Community, 1993 Jun 14, World citizenship A Global Ethic for Sustainable Development)


World citizenship begins with an acceptance of the oneness of the human family and the interconnectedness of the nations of “the earth, our home.” While it encourages a sane and legitimate patriotism, it also insists upon a wider loyalty, a love of humanity as a whole. It does not, however, imply abandonment of legitimate loyalties, the suppression of cultural diversity, the abolition of national autonomy, nor the imposition of uniformity. Its hallmark is “unity in diversity.”
(Bahá’í International Community, 1993 Jun 14, World citizenship A Global Ethic for Sustainable Development)


World citizenship encompasses the principles of social and economic justice, both within and between nations; non-adversarial decision making at all levels of society; equality of the sexes; racial, ethnic, national and religious harmony; and the willingness to sacrifice for the common good. Other facets of world citizenship—all of which promote human honor and dignity, understanding, amity, cooperation, trustworthiness, compassion and a desire to serve—can be deduced from those already mentioned. A few of these principles have been articulated in Agenda 21—most, however, are noticeably lacking. Moreover, no overall conceptual framework is provided under which they can be harmonized and promulgated.
(Bahá’í International Community, 1993 Jun 14, World citizenship A Global Ethic for Sustainable Development)