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New Global Economic Ethic Manifesto Launched

(New York, 6 October 2009) – A new manifesto titled “Global Economic Ethic – Consequences for Global Businesses” was launched during a business ethics symposium at UN Headquarters today. Developed by Swiss-German theologian Hans Küng, President of the Global Ethic Foundation, the document aims at laying out a “common fundamental vision of what is legitimate, just and fair” in economic activities. First signatories of the manifesto include former President of Ireland and former UN Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson; Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University; and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop emeritus of Cape Town. The document will be open for signature to individuals globally. Signatories of the manifesto commit to “being led by its letter and its spirit in their day-to-day economic decisions, actions and general behavior”. Media Contacts: Johann Aeschlimann Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations johann.aeschlimann@eda.admin.ch +1 917 757 3389 Matthias Stausberg Spokesperson UN Global Compact stausberg@un.org +1-917-367-3423

08 Oct 2009

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