Common ground

The participants of the gathering “Keeping our humanity – for we were strangers once” agreed on a set of principles as common ground for action and further collaboration towards the goal – a welcoming society, peaceful coexistence and social sustainability in Europe.


We create a society which gives us, as groups and individuals, equal opportunities to self-development, and decision making. By ensuring this, we create a contract based on trust that allows us to interact with each other.


As humans we are equal and responsible for one-another and for our environment. We believe all people should have access to resources and equal opportunities. We believe in freedom of movement. We will strive to create spaces for young people to express themselves and define/determine their future.


We believe in freedom from prejudice and excluding ideologies. We believe in freedom for a liveable present and open future.


In pursuit of justice, we actively:

  • embrace relationships with each other, recognizing the dignity and rights of all
  • work towards ecological, economic, social and spiritual sustainability
  • work for the flourishing of all, including non-human creation, for the common good.


We are all neighbours! We are open to being mutually inspired and enriched and transformed recognising each other’s vulnerability as a strength, through our different traditions we are committed to the practice of hospitality on a journey from mere coexistence to convivienz.


We wholeheartedly will choose to stand with others.


We believe that dignity is inherent to every human being and we commit to promoting this in all spheres.


We believe in reducing the gap between public and private actors, and for civil society to be more pragmatic and the public sector to include more humanitarian perspectives and create multiple strategies on multiple levels.