All-Ukrainian conference “Ethical principles of the third sector”.
On 29-30 September 2004 the conference “Ethical principles of the third sector” will be held in Kyiv. The goal of the conference is to sum up the results of the discussion of the draft of Declaration of ethical principles of the activities of organizations of civil society of Ukraine, which discussion is carried out now in all regions of Ukraine, and to create the efficient mechanism of joining of organizations to the Declaration of ethical principles.
The draft of the Declaration of ethical principles of the activities of organizations of civil society of Ukraine was elaborated by the decision of the international conference “Ethical principles of the activities of organizations of civil society of Ukraine”, which had been held on 39-30 September 2003 in Kyiv (the detailed information about the conference, materials of plenary sittings and working groups can be found on the Internet site of the project UCAN: http://ucan-isc.org.ua/ukr/what_we_do/events). CDs with the materials of the conference (speeches, presentations, reports of working groups, list of participants) can be ordered by phone (044) 494-45-97 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The detailed information on the discussion of the draft of declaration in the regions is placed on the Internet portal http://www.etyka.org.ua.
DECLARATION OF ETHICAL PRINCIPLES OF THE ACTIVITIES OF ORGANIZATIONS OF CIVIL SOCIETY OF UKRAINE
We, organizations of the civil society (OCS) of Ukraine, which joined to the Declaration:
- understand our role of active participants of the processes of development of safe, balanced and careful society, as well as transformation of the Ukrainian society on the way to democracy, in which the superiority of right and respect to rights and human rights and freedoms predominate;
- want to make our contribution to the formation of democratic society in Ukraine, in particular by means of realization of the programs of civil education, protection of citizens rights and other directions;
- agree that the base values of the work of the OCS are: independence, autonomy and ability to act for the sake of welfare of people, priority of the needs and problems of the target group and/or local community, equality and respect to an individual, acknowledgment of social-cultural variety.
So, we adopt this Declaration, which we will follow in our activities.
BASIC ETHICAL PRINCIPLES OF THE ACTIVITIES OF OCS
We agree that the principles of open democratic society are basic for our activities and assume the responsibility for the observance of these principles in our work:
1. DEMOCRATIC RULE AND PARTICIPATION IN THE PROCESS OF ADOPTION AND APPLICATION OF DECISIONS
Since OCSs work for satisfaction of various interests and needs of society,
1.1. OCSs do their best for taking into account the interests and needs of society in the process of development and application of state policy;
1.2. OCSs guarantee the democratic rule of the organizations by means of involvement of members of the organizations, representatives of target audience and community in its activities and the process of taking decisions.
2. OPENNESS AND TRANSPARENCY IN THE ACTIVITIES OF OCSs
Regarding openness and transparency as basic principles of formation and development of democratic society,
2.1. OCSs are going to adhere to these principles in their work and in relations with other sides, in particular, with members of the organizations, target group, organs of state power and local self-government, donor structures and other OCSs.
Publication of annual and financial reports on the work of OCSs and regular informing of public about their activities are possible methods for observance of the principles of openness and transparency in the activities of the OCSs;
2.2. OCSs reckon that honest competition is a necessary condition of their activities and propose the competitive approach to realization of the OCS programs. Under such conditions they take part in competitions, conduct the open competitions and spread the information about these actions.
Realizing their responsibility for formation and development of safe, balanced and careful society, and probable influence on the processes of transformation,
3.1. OCSs act according to their mission and the declared goals and principles;
3.2. OCSs carry out the activities and render services in the framework of their rights and competence in order to achieve the highest standards of quality and professionalism;
3.3. in their everyday work OCSs focus attention on the principle of superiority of right and contribute to the increase of legal consciousness of citizens;
3.4. OCSs compile honest and transparent budget, stick to its fulfillment and report about the financial activities to all interested sides;
3.5. OCSs use, responsibly and maximally efficiently, the financial, material, human, natural and intellectual resources for realization of their mission and achievement of their goals;
3.6. OCSs follow in their activities the principles of respect to authors right and ownership of ideas and projects. Propaganda of the responsible use of intellectual resources among partners and prevention of plagiarism are important components of the work of OCSs.
4. COOPERATION AND EQUITABLE PARTNERSHIP
Acknowledging the cooperation and mutual respect to be very important factors in the development of civil society,
4.1. OCSs base their relations with other subjects (OCSs, power organs, donors, clients, community) on the principles of benevolent and equitable partnership, tolerance and respect;
4.2. OCSs fulfill written and oral obligations regarding their partners, clients and society as a whole.
Joining of organizations to the Declaration evidences on the acknowledgement by the organizations, their members and workers of the declared values and principles, which they undertake to adhere by word of mouth and in practice.