The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is "the world umbrella organization for humanist, ethical culture, rationalist, secular, and freethought groups." IHEU is an international NGO with Special Consultative Status with the United Nations, General Consultative Status at UNICEF and the Council of Europe, and maintains operational relations with UNESCO. IHEU was founded in July, 1952. Humanism is a system of thought that defines a socio-political doctrine (-ism) whose bounds exceed those of locally developed cultures, to include all of humanity and all issues common to human beings. ... This article is not about continental rationalism. ... This article concerns secularity, that is, being secular, in various senses. ... Freethought is the idea and practice of forming ones opinions independent of tradition, authority and established belief. ... A non-governmental organization (NGO) is an organization that is not part of a government and was not founded by states. ... The United Nations, or UN, is an international organization established in 1945 and now made up of 191 states. ... UNICEF logo The United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946. ... The Palace of Europe in Strasbourg The Council of Europe is an international organisation of 46 member states in the European region. ... UNESCO logo The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, commonly known as UNESCO, is a specialized agency of the United Nations system established in 1946. ...
The IHEU also took part in the drafting of a major international instrument of humanist concern - a Declaration on the Right to Development, which now figures at the cutting edge of the world's development process.
It would certainly be grossly incomplete to omit mention of a broad IHEU initiative that has led directly to adoption by the United Nations of the right to conscientious objection to military service.
The IHEU may be contacted by writing to the new Secretary and Executive Director - Mr.
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