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Theme: Social and economic policies

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Document Database

Dictionary of World Power
¤ FnWG Team ¤ 27 September 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 that has been confirmed over the last thirty years through a succession of all kinds of crises. Citizens have found that the beautiful ideal of freedom preached by free-market sycophants is just a facade set up to conceal the altar of greed. The Forum for a new World Governance explores these changes in this extensive work, only (...) read more


Rebuilding the Environmental Balance

Raising International Climate Finance
¤ International Trade Union Confederation ¤ 19 December 2012
The labor movement presented in Doha, in November 2012, a proposal on how to raise the agreed 100 billion dollars to fight against climate change from public contributions, and how to go even further through direct investments from pension funds toward sustainable choices. Finance is a key tool to advance climate policy. As was shown again in Doha, it is one of the key elements in the essential negotiations to seek an agreement. The ITUC, TUAC, and Sustainlabour organized on Friday, (...) read more


Economic Governance and Globalization

Proposals for a Fair and Sustainable Economy
¤ Cândido Grzybowski, Germà Pelayo , Gustavo Marin, Jorge Romano, Matthieu Calame, Paul Raskin ¤ 23 December 2011
Contribution to the Peoples Summit for Social and Environmental Justice in defense of the commons (Rio+20) Rio de Janeiro, June 15-23, 2012 The seriousness of the current environmental crisis is an expression of a deeper-reaching crisis, a crisis of civilization afflicting modern capitalism, characterized by the predominance of the unregulated market, financial speculation, frenzied consumerism, the constant quest for growth, economic injustice and widespread poverty. The current and (...) read more

Final Declaration "Linking Alternatives 2"
¤ Linking Alternatives ¤ 13 May 2006
Men and women involved in social and political movements and organisations in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe met in Vienna from 10-13 May 2006 to express their opposition and resistance to the neoliberal free trade policies that governments in both regions are implementing in their countries, and which they propose as a framework for a new Association Agreement. They reject efforts by the EU to create a Free Trade Area for the entire Latin American region by 2010, as well as the (...) read more


Regulating the Public and the Private Economy

Regulating Transnational Companies: 46 Proposals
¤ William Bourdon, Yann Queinnec ¤ 20 December 2011
This Proposal Paper hopes to provide an explanation of the constraints and a series of proposals for a system for the regulation of transnational companies (TNCs). This requires us to first set out the fundamental obstacles that make the question of regulating the activities of TNCs so problematic. The crisis in the financial system that has hit economies worldwide has demonstrated the importance of regulating for-profit private and public transnational actors. The difficulties states have (...) read more

Nairobi World Parliamentary Forum Resolution
¤ World Parliamentary Forum ¤ 24 January 2007
The World Parliamentary Forum has taken place regularly from the first time in Porto Alegre, in 2001, in the context of the World Social Forum (WSF). Thousands of delegates from many countries gathered for the Word Parliamentary Forum to affirm that there are alternatives to the neoliberal order, personified by the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland). The parliamentarians affirm the primacy of its collaboration with the social and democratic movements and their struggles and stated (...) read more

Kicking the Habit: The World Bank and the IMF Are Still Addicted to Attaching Economic-policy Conditions to Aid
¤ Oxfam International ¤ November 2006
Despite numerous commitments to reform, The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are still using their aid to make developing countries implement inappropriate economic policies, with the tacit approval of rich-country governments. These economic-policy conditions undermine national policy making, delay aid flows, and often fail to deliver for poor people. If the world is to make poverty history, this practice must be stopped. Aid must be conditional on being spent (...) read more

The IMF, the World Bank, and Respect of Human Rights
¤ Eric Toussaint ¤ 19 May 2005
Are the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bound to respect the obligations expressed in the United Nations Charter, including the obligation to respect Human Rights? If it is true that as specialized institutions of the UN, they are independent for their operations, they must, however, respect Human Rights and common law in general. As a rule, it goes without saying that no international organization that claims to act as a subject of international law and to have an (...) read more


The New Roles of States and Territorial Scales

What Europe does the world need?
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 6 June 2010
We often find ourselves asking the question: what Europe do we want? The time may have come to look at the question the other way round, and ask ourselves: what Europe does the world need? Does the world even need Europe? It would be fair to say that today’s mood is one of disillusionment, and that the prospects for the European Union do not look very heartening. For its founding fathers, building the European Union was a major feat. They saw the Union as the means to move beyond the (...) read more


Political and Institutional Governance

Political and Institutional Governance
¤ Germà Pelayo ¤ 24 September 2008
This file contains a series of discussions and proposals formulated in recent years around the political and institutional dimension of global governance. They have been categorized according to four themes: the architecture of global governance; new roles of the state and territorial scales; reappropiation by citizens of politics; and legal principles for a new global governance. Globalization, in these first years of the twenty-first century, is an irreversible fact, consolidated in all (...) read more


Agriculture, and Food Security and Sovereingty

People’s Food Sovereignty Statement
¤ People’s Food Sovereignty Network ¤ November 2007
Food and agriculture are fundamental to all peoples, in terms of both production and availability of sufficient quantities of safe and healthy food, and as foundations of healthy communities, cultures and environments. All of these are being undermined by the increasing emphasis on neo-liberal economic policies promoted by leading political and economic powers. This statement contains alternative proposals, in favour of the peoples’ needs. Instead of securing food for the peoples of the (...) read more

Declaration of Nyéléni
¤ Forum for Food Sovereignty ¤ February 2007
Nyéléni was the inspiration for the name of the Forum for Food Sovereignty in Sélingué, Mali. Nyéléni was a legendary Malian peasant woman who farmed and fed her people well - she embodied food sovereignty through hard work, innovation, and caring for her people. The participants are and represent peasant farmers, herders, fishworkers, indigenous peoples, migrant workers, women, and young people, who gathered at Nyéléni 2007. They are food providers who are ready, able, and willing to feed all the (...) read more


Citizens’ Reappropriation of Politics

Civil Society and the Legitimation of Global Governance
¤ Jan Aart Scholte ¤ March 2007
Along with the general intensification of the globalization of social relations in contemporary history, has come an unprecedented expansion of regulatory apparatuses covering planetary jurisdictions and constituencies. On the whole, however, this global governance remains weak relative to the pressing current needs for global public policy. Shortfalls in moral standing, legal foundations, material delivery, democratic credentials, and charismatic leadership have together generated large (...) read more

Final Declaration of the Sixth World Parliamentary Forum - Caracas 2006
¤ World Parliamentary Forum ¤ January 2006
The Sixth World Parliamentary Forum met in the city of Caracas within the framework of the Sixth World Social Forum from January 24 to 29 2006 and was attended by parliamentarians representing the five continents. This declaration results from the Forum at the end of the sessions of 26 and 27 January 2006. Claimed to be in keeping with the World Social Forum Charter of Principles and with the commitments adopted in the forums of previous years in the firm belief that "another world is (...) read more


Trade, Money, and Finances

Alternative Finances
¤ Susan George ¤ January 2007
Now is the time to rediscover John Maynard Keynes’s revolutionary ideas for the organization of international trade and adapt them to re-balance finances in the world’s economies of the twenty-first century. The economist John Maynard Keynes came to the postwar table with an innovative project for the future of world trade, which he called the International Trade Organization (ITO), supported by an international central bank, the International Clearing Union (ICU). The ICU was meant to issue (...) read more


Universal, Plural and Quality Education, and Citizen Education

Education International’s Response to the Global Monitoring Report 2006 on "Literacy for Life"
¤ Education International ¤ September 2006
The world is more than five years, one third of the total period, on its way towards achieving Education For All (EFA), one of the Millennium Development Goals. In light of this, the UN Global Monitoring Report (GMR) 2006 examines progress on making the goals on EFA - set down at the World Education Forum in Dakar in 2000 - a reality. Education International (EI) decided in 2000 to annually produce a report which would provide an update on progress made and challenges still ahead with (...) read more


Nature of Work and Globalization of Social Rights

Organizing Globally
¤ Stuart Howard ¤ August 2006
The theme of the 41st International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Congress held in Durban, South Africa in 2006, August, has been Organizing Globally: Fighting for Our Rights. "Is this just a catchy slogan?" asks Stuart Howard, "or does it represent an agenda to build a powerful global unionism?" As globalisation touches more workplaces in more countries, it is no longer possible to have an effective union organizing strategy in most industries without a global dimension. However, (...) read more


Managing Territories, Cities, and the Rural World

Thirty years of Habitat I: no more neoliberal model of cities!
¤ Mariella Tornago ¤ 23 June 2006
Thirty years after the first Habitat I world summit held in Vancouver, we, citizens of the world, have witnessed the manifest deterioration of our living conditions and unalienable rights. After all these years, not one of the objectives or goals has been even partially achieved: 15% of the world population is subjected to forced eviction caused by foreign investments in indebted countries or in countries undergoing the transition towards a market economy (Karachi, Bombay, New Delhi, (...) read more

“Guadalajara Declaration on the future of the city”. A Proposal
¤ Horacio Capel ¤ 2 December 2004
From 28th November to 2nd December 2004 in Guadalajara, Mexico, an international conference was held on “The future of cities”. Over the four days a series of Mexican, Argentinean, German and Spanish researchers spoke about general and specific issues on this theme. In order to take part in this Round Table conference, the chairman had asked participants to present a number of general thoughts on the topic. By publishing these ideas, the author aims to contribute to the debate on the (...) read more


The Architecture of World Governance

Setting up an Arbitration Tribunal on Debt: An Alternative Solution?
¤ Hugo Ruiz Díaz ¤ June 2003
This memo is a brief analysis of a few proposals for the institution of an international arbitration tribunal on debt. The idea is to institute an independent international arbitration body that recognizes the respective responsibilities of debtors and creditors. Facing the seriousness of the problem of external debt, this tribunal is intended as a more realistic proposal than the proposals advocating plain and simple cancellation. The proposals aim at an in-depth solution through a (...) read more


Legal Principles of a New World Governance

The Extraterritorial Scope of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
¤ Rolf Künnemann ¤ October 2001
While investigating the extraterritorial scope of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), this paper introduces the threefold classification of internal, external, and international obligations applicable to all Human Rights treaties. Moreover, it emphasizes that most Intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) are duty-bound under Human Rights treaties and suggests steps to operationalize the related obligations of states. This paper looks at some relevant (...) read more


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