Policies

Since 1952 we have created policy positions on important global issues.

Our policies are passed in-line with our general statement of policy, agreed in 2015.

Here you can search our database of past and current policy papers, which guide the work of our organization.

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Policy / 1965 / Board of Directors / Pending Review

What Ethical Humanism stands for

Ethical humanism is a complex response to the world of those who hold that man is self-dependent. It rejects absolutes…
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Policy / 1965 / Board of Directors / Pending Review

Disarmament

The Board of Directors of the International Humanist & Ethical Union: Expresses the opinion that there exists the possibility of…
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Policy / 1965 / Board of Directors / Pending Review

Strengthening of United Nations

The Executive Committee urges its member organisations to adopt statements similar to the following, to engage in programmes designed to…
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Policy / 1963 / Board of Directors / Archived

Appeal for Preston Cobb (1963)

To the Governor of Georgia, USA: The International Humanist & Ethical Union, which has consultative status with UNESCO, shares the…
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Policy / 1962 / World Humanist Congress / Pending Review

Freedom from hunger

This Third Congress of IHEU approves the action of the Board of Directors in pledging support of the “Freedom from…
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Policy / 1962 / World Humanist Congress / Archived

Bihar project (1962)

In as much as a project sponsored by the Radical Humanist Movement of India applies the principles of the Freedom…
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Policy / 1962 / World Humanist Congress / Pending Review

World policy

The congress has taken note of the following statement on World Policy and urges each member organisation to set up…
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Policy / 1962 / World Humanist Congress / Pending Review

A new perspective in international life

The trend of civilisation is toward integration of national communities rather than toward increasing separation. The great humanist tradition of…
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Policy / 1957 / World Humanist Congress / Pending Review

Nuclear Weapons

All agree that an unprecedented situation has emerged with the power of nuclear weapons to execute unimaginable mass slaughter. New…
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Policy / 1957 / Board of Directors / Archived

Population problem (1957)

The Board of Directors of IHEU, recognising that population pressures in many parts of the world constitute an increasing threat…
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