The International Humanist & Ethical Union, assembled at its 8th World Congress in Hanover, Federal Republic of Germany, August 1-5, 1982, conscious of the fact that we only live on through our descendants, feels the obligation to leave behind an earth that actually offers the next generations room to live, water, air and nourishment. Conservation of the natural environment and restoration of the disturbed natural surroundings are for us essential conditions to be able to offer a future to the young.
Ethical humanism stands for the protection of life as well as for the free development of the individual. It acknowledges that human rights apply to all human beings, whether they are young or old.
Especially with regard to the younger generation, the International Humanist & Ethical Union further urges that:
The International Humanist & Ethical Union declares that its member organisations are willing to give the young in their societies a room of their own of which they have the free run and for which they themselves are responsible, that they are willing to stand up for the interests of the young, and that they are prepared to hold a dialogue with the young in order to solve the problems which all generations have in common.
IHEU congress 1982
'Young People', Humanists International, World Humanist Congress, Hanover, Federal Republic of Germany, 1982