In January 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a historic speech to the United States Congress in which he outlined his vision for a world that respected the fundamental human rights of every individual. He declared that there were four essential freedoms that every person should be entitled to, regardless of their race, religion, or nationality.
Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech was a call to action for people worldwide to work towards a future in which these essential human rights were respected and protected. These “Four Freedoms” would become a rallying cry for the Allied forces during World War II and inspire future generations.
– The 1st of the Four Freedoms was Freedom of Speech and expression.
– The 2nd: Freedom of Worship.
– The 4th Freedom from Fear.
– But my call to all of you is to upgrade his 3rd Freedom, “The Freedom from WANT”. In his days, Roosevelt recognized that poverty and economic insecurity were significant threats to individual freedom and democracy. He believed every person had the right to a basic standard of living, including food, shelter, and healthcare.
Today Governments, businesses, and civil society need to work on a new type of WANT, not only reducing poverty and uplifting the economy.