Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Langeac Declaration (1 of 2)

A couple of weeks ago, doing my research for this blog, I found the Declaration of Langeac.

In June 1999, in Langeac, a small town located in the South of France, fifteen individuals from seven different countries (Spain, Ireland, Chile, Germany, Holland, the United Kingdom, and France) met to discuss the state of children and family rights. The result of this meeting was the Langeac Declaration.

The Declaration is a succinct but comprehensive document intended to express a set of aspirations on family matters and to open an international discussion on the human rights of families and the role of government agencies in family matters. The writers of the Langeac Declaration do not consider it a finished document, but the foundation of an ever-changing document, always open to criticism and refinement.

Since its publication, the Declaration has influenced the discussion that these issues have had by parent support groups, professionals and social scientists in countries like Holland, Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand, Chile, Germany, Ireland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The Declaration, with versions in six different languages, can be signed online. For the next two weeks, I will be publishing its content.

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