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April 2014

Greetings!
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 9 April 2014
After the recently released Part II of the IPCC report and its alarming, no longer deniable findings, and in the run-up to COP 21, we have put the Alternatiba project in the spotlight (see article on the left) and salute it for its creative action to federate and mobilize European grassroots movements, building bottom-up pressure to weigh on the outcome of this critical “last-chance” summit expected to come up with a binding agreement on global environmental governance. One of the lessons we (...) read more

Call to Multiply the Village of Alternatives
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 9 April 2014
COP 21, the international summit on climate change, will be held at the end of 2015 in Paris, where all countries, including of course the major greenhouse-gas emitters, are supposed to commit to a last-chance, binding universal agreement on climate. COP 21 will not be able to ignore the IPCC report, Part II of which was released on March 31, its extremely alarming projections and its finding that no person and no corner of the globe will escape the devastation caused by global warming. (...) read more

Towards a World Citizens Movement
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 9 April 2014
In July 2013, 200 active citizens from around the world met in Johannesburg to start “Building a Global Citizens Movement.” The conference was organized by DEEEP/CONCORD in collaboration with CIVICUS (World Alliance for Citizens Participation) and the GCAP (Global Call to Action against Poverty). The conference released the statement “Towards a world citizens movement” and launched a platform to build the movement over time. “What is global citizenship? We believe global citizenship means that (...) read more

Assemblies Emerging in Turkey: A Lesson in Democracy
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 9 April 2014
Something quite amazing happened in Turkey during the months of May to September 2013. In addition to the silent “standing man” actions around the country, people’s assemblies emerged in different neighborhoods across the city. As in Spain, Greece and the Occupy encampments before, the protesters in Turkey counter-posed their own form of direct democracy to the shame of a democracy proposed by Erdogan’s authoritarian neoliberal state. If there was ever any doubt, this shows how deeply (...) read more

Beyond 2015: Media as Democracy and Development
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 9 April 2014
How democratic governance contributes to development is dependent on the right to freedom of expression, a right recognized as a basic human right in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, the American Convention on Human Rights, and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. As such, it lends itself to universal recognition and application. The right further subsumes freedom of information and of the press. The importance of the former to (...) read more

Education Policy Paper: Building the Future through Quality Education
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 9 April 2014
Currently, countries receiving international aid to reach the UN 2015 Millennium Development Goals, are being strongly encouraged to orient education to match the needs of the private sector. Education International (EI), the world’s largest federation of unions (representing 30 million education employees in about 400 organizations in 170 countries and territories across the globe) begs to differ with this narrow view of education. The future can only be built through quality education, and (...) read more

Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 9 April 2014
Put together in 2008 by Germà Pelayo, this file contains in the form of information sheets a series of discussions and proposals developed around the environmental dimension of world governance. These have been categorized according to the following themes: rebuilding the environmental balance; managing energy, mineral, and ocean resources; farming, and food security and sovereignty; sustainable development; and the relationship between humankind and the biosphere. The file pools a variety (...) read more

Ukraine, Russia
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 9 April 2014
The Forum for a new World Governance launched the World Governance Index (WGI) project in 2008. The idea was to develop a “tool” that would allow the players in charge of governance to visualize emerging issues and problems and help them to reflect on the necessary solutions. In this issue of the FnWG newsletter, we are offering the 2011 WGIs for two countries in the news, Ukraine and Russia, as compared to their respective 2008 WGIs, the first having just had a change of regime caused by a (...) read more

January 2014

EXCLUSIVE: The Mandela World Liberation Front chooses the FnWG as a launch pad and a platform for debate
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 28 January 2014
Greetings! In the midst of our putting this issue together, we received the first statement of the Mandela World Liberation Front (MWLF). We were surprised, intrigued, and delighted … in that order. After Mandela’s passing, we had decided to let the foreseeable wave of tributes to him pass, then dedicate our newsletter to post-Apartheid South Africa—in the context of southern Africa, of Africa, and of the world at large. But most of all, to reflections on how take up the values he handed down (...) read more

Mandela World Liberation Front (MWLF) – Statement No. 1
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 28 January 2014
Why have we offered the MWLF an open forum? We liked their first statement for its vitality, for its ethical positioning, for its announced intention to be part of a broad movement of debate and action, and above all, because it addresses the need to embrace and take over Mandela’s struggle, actualized to contemporary, hence global, challenges. “Mandela is dead! Long live Mandela! . . . We are resistance and we are demanding. . . . We are the rainbow nation-world. We are a world liberation (...) read more

Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 28 January 2014
Nelson Mandela’s passing has triggered, in the past few weeks, tributes to the man and reflections on his action. The man’s outstanding character made of his action much more than just a struggle for a people’s emancipation. How can we build a fair and free society in the twenty-first century based on the teachings offered by Mandela in the twentieth century? What would be the geographic scope of action? What would our paradigms be? What strategies would we draw up, for what goals? What (...) read more

Like a Rainbow Nation
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 28 January 2014
This music video was produced by the FnWG to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison and is based on Mandela’s inaugural speech when he became president of the Republic of South Africa. Pretoria, May 10, 1994. Featuring Nelson Mandela and performed by Mr. Cool, Lee and Matt from Mozambique. read more

Giving Africa Voice within Global Governance: Oral History, Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 28 January 2014
This paper presents three key arguments that need to be taken into account during the process of remaking of the world order and recreation of a new global governance architecture. It raises the issue of the African continent and the African people being perceived as a problem to be solved rather than a voice to be heard within global politics. It makes a case for the use of oral history as an ideal medium to bring the voices of “second-class players” to the notice of the Human Rights Council (...) read more

What South Africa Does the World Need?
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 28 January 2014
Yes, this Proposal Paper was written by Paul Graham in the twentieth century. Its intention was, and still is, to stimulate a conversation about the existing opportunities to change the world and the extent to which South Africa can and should contribute towards that. It celebrates the human effort to achieve liberty, equality and fraternity and the ways in which these elude us even as they invigorate, as Wordsworth recognized after the French revolution. During the twentieth century South (...) read more

Abahlali baseMjondolo & the Popular Struggle for the Right to the City in Durban, South Africa
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 28 January 2014
First, if you are not familiar with dph (dialogues, proposals, stories for global citizenship), we hope you will be glad to learn of it. We have chosen for this issue from their database an experience report that highlights what we all know: that just abolishing Apartheid and instituting democracy is only a first step in the right direction, and that the road left to travel remains full of hardship, obstacles, and struggle for every man and woman’s rights. The theme here is one we have (...) read more

South Africa, Central Africa Republic
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 28 January 2014
The Forum for a new World Governance launched the World Governance Index (WGI) project in 2008. The idea was to develop a “tool” that would allow the players in charge of governance to visualize emerging issues and problems and help them to reflect on the necessary solutions. In this issue of the FnWG newsletter, we are offering the 2011 WGIs for South Africa and the Central Africa Republic, as compared to their respective 2008 WGIs, the first still struggling to make democracy work for all, (...) read more

October 2013

Greetings!
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 31 October 2013
We are very pleased to announce the release of our Dictionary of World Power—314 pages offering 108 entries on the critical themes of world governance (water, world democracy, hunger, energy resources, etc.) to which we added a few biographies, a few very old or very new concepts, a few key movements, and a few surprises for you to discover. It is only available in Spanish for the moment, but if you read Spanish, do take a look! We are also happy to inform that we co-organized a (...) read more

Dictionary of World Power
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 31 October 2013
Since the end of the last century, the world has been facing a set of challenges that the existing institutions are unable to address and solve. This is a fact, and it has been confirmed over the past thirty years by a succession of all kinds of crises. Citizens have found that the beautiful ideal of freedom regularly preached by free-market sycophants is just a facade set up to conceal the altar of greed. In this extensive work by ten enthusiastic writers (only available in Spanish for the (...) read more

Cities for All: Proposals and Experiences for the Right to the City
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 31 October 2013
This book is a response to the call to unite under the Right to the City as a banner of the struggle against neoliberalism. It gives the floor to a wide range of actors fighting for this right. The variety of views, discourses, cultures, and experiences are the guiding themes of this publication. Different ideas are articulated and their differences made to converge toward the same goal: the right to the city. It shows how city dwellers are affected in their daily life by: lack of access to (...) read more

Allende Hoy
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 31 October 2013
In honor of Salvador Allende, we offer you a speech he made shortly before the September 11, 1973 coup d’état in Chile, 40 years ago last month, set to music and images by the artists of the “Salvador Allende’s 100 years” recital. A moment of emotion and food for thought on a key event in world governance … read more

Civil Society Politics Manifesto
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 31 October 2013
Around the world politics is in disrepute. It has become detached from society, unresponsive to its needs. It seems incapable of solving the big economic, social and environmental challenges of our time. Public leadership remains important, but politics is everywhere discredited. In Western societies, politics no longer inspires, cynicism rules, and citizens feel powerless. In post-communist societies, initial enthusiasm for democracy has given way to detachment and cynicism. Citizens feel (...) read more

Transfinancial Economics
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 31 October 2013
The Transfinancial Economics model claims that new largely monitored non-repayable money could be created electronically by special transparent funding mechanisms, or Facilitation Banks. This could notably fund environmental, and socio-economic projects of high ethical value. The aim of all this is also to give powerful financial incentives to businesses that could profit with genuine projects, and more importantly help save the planet and its people as far as possible from extreme weather (...) read more

Second Meeting of the China, Europe, and South America Dialog Group: Civil Societies Moving Forward for Change
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 31 October 2013
Dialog and coordination among different actors worldwide are crucial for building democratic global governance. There is more collaboration among organizations all over the globe, but these do not always aim to raise a common voice to fill the political vacuum left by globalization. The China, Europe, and South America Dialog Group is taking this direction, and at the end of a meeting last May in Beijing it prepared a joint statement on what needs to be changed in how peoples interact (...) read more

Civil Society
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 31 October 2013
One of the Civil Society Organizations participating in the above-mentioned dialog was Belgium-based CONCORD - The European NGO confederation for relief and development. CONCORD seeks to strengthen CSOs by facilitating cooperation and creating partnerships with both the global North and the global South with the goal of encouraging further and deeper engagement from the European (...) read more

Nicaragua, Costa Rica
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 31 October 2013
The Forum for a new World Governance launched the World Governance Index (WGI) project in 2008. The idea was to develop a “tool” that would allow the players in charge of governance to visualize emerging issues and problems and help them to reflect on the necessary solutions. In this issue of the FnWG newsletter, we are offering the 2011 WGIs for Nicaragua and Costa Rica, two neighboring countries in Central America, as compared to their respective 2008 WGIs. Interesting to note that although (...) read more

Juin 2013

For a Democratic Cosmopolitarian Movement
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 21 June 2013
The world ecological crisis and the inability of the international system of states to respond to it demonstrate that the human condition is now, more than ever, universal. It is driving humankind to think of itself today as a world community, to defend its survival and its future. Humanity is nonetheless still struggling to see itself as a world community, and consciousness of sharing a common destiny on a global level has yet to be widespread. Notwithstanding, effective world governance (...) read more

Greetings!
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 21 June 2013
We hate to say this, but despite outstanding figures worldwide, sweeping regional and global grassroots movements, sincere attempts by our conventional international institutions, convincing local experimentation with new social and economic models, and far-reaching innovative thinking in favor of our common interest, the odds we are facing are terrifying, and on the ground the present is dismal, with every kind of war being waged by the powerful few on the rest of us. Here at the FnWG, we (...) read more

Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 21 June 2013
Looking to the future, the European Report on Development 2013 attempts to identify key drivers of a global partnership for development post-2015. Three are highlighted: money (development finance); goods (trade and investment); and people (labor migration, which could play a key role in reducing poverty and fostering development). From a different angle, the Network of Spiritual Progressives offers the vision of a Global Marshall Plan, an idea also developed by J.A.Yunker in Swords into (...) read more

Bringing the Violence of War under Control in a Globalized World
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 21 June 2013
In the (little) time we still have left to find new solutions to the current crises collectively, if we cannot curb and prevent the wars that are rocking strategic areas of the planet, we run the risk of being caught up in an even bloodier spiral of violence than that which ended in the mass exterminations of last century’s world wars and genocides. We can assert that new world governance without control over the violence of war will not be achievable, or would be under constant threat. (...) read more

Ressentiment and World Governance
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 21 June 2013
It is no easy thing to refer to ressentiment (not "resentment"). Broaching the question of ressentiment is complicated, since it often gives rise to misunderstandings and stirs up confused and contradictory feelings. In this seminar we decided to tackle the issue of ressentiment by broaching frequently avoided questions on relations between a country and its people. The focus of conflict management is almost always on territorial negotiations, diplomatic agreements, or customs issues, (...) read more

Rethinking and Changing World Governance
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 21 June 2013
To rethink the existing architecture of world governance and propose alternatives for a new world governance, we need to identify the actors and spaces that are already at work in this domain. All political spaces, both existing spaces and to those that need to be created, where power, participation, and representation are at play are necessarily characterized by struggle and tense relations. The new political architecture is being built simultaneously on two main levels: locally (including (...) read more

Be part of this global survey!
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 21 June 2013
The United Nations and partners want to hear from YOU! MY World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. Results were first submitted to the Secretary General´s High Level Panel for Post-2015 and fed into their final May 2013 report and recommendations for a new development framework. MY World will continue gathering people´s voices up to 2015 and results will be shared with the Secretary General and global leaders as they prepare the next development agenda (...) read more

Syria, Lebanon
¤ Marina Urquidi ¤ 21 June 2013
The Forum for a new World Governance launched the World Governance Index (WGI) project in 2008. The idea was to develop a “tool” that would allow the players in charge of governance to visualize the emerging issues and problems and help them reflect on the necessary solutions. In this issue of the FnWG newsletter, we are offering the 2011 WGIs for Syria and Lebanon as compared to their 2008 WGIs. These indexes were calculated just before the outbreak of the internal armed conflict in Syria, (...) read more

For this author, you will find on this Web site 33 article(s) in English, 34 article(s) in Spanish, 34 article(s) in French, 0 article(s) in chinese.


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