Mark P. Lagon is a scholar and former ambassador with more than 20 years of experience in diplomacy and human rights. He is Chief Policy Officer for Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Distinguished Senior Scholar at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is also co-editor with Anthony Clark Arend of Human Dignity and the Future of Global Institutions.
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Ten Commandments for Dignity and International Development
One could say dignity has three elements: Agency, that entails people being able to act autonomously and use their gifts and thrive; recognition, that provides a sense of value in the social communities that all people find themselves in; and implementation and institutionalization of that agency and recognition, to ensure dignity’s presence over time.