Do what is right. Rosa Parks Whenever you are in doubt, recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man. Gandhi True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr. Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder. Paul Valéry *

Theme: Values and principles

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Economic Governance and Globalization

The One Party Planet
¤ The Rules ¤ 9 November 2015
So just who is in charge of this planet? Is it a small group of people with one plan? A large group of people with lots of competing plans? Several groups of people? Does it even make sense to think of ‘control’ in these terms at all? This short pamphlet is an attempt to answer this question. The case I make is, yes, it not only makes sense to think of control in these terms, but it is essential. Those of us who believe in the potential for vastly less inequality and poverty, and a richer, (...) read more

Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 13 May 2011
The concept of leverage points is very well adapted for a coalition wanting to act in favor of the great transition. We need to identify some concrete issues which we think should have a strong leverage effect as it would imply changes in the whole system. And looking at what is the systemic change about, it would not be a surprise that these leverage points relate either to concepts or to actors or to the very tools which are used in present economy. Here are seven proposed leverage (...) read more


Conflict Resolution and Sustainable Peace Building

2015 : A turning point to face the climate challenge, exorcise fear and counter the logic of war.
¤ Jean Rossiaud ¤ 16 October 2015
Dear Friends of the FnWG, In the name of our team, I would like to send you our warmest and friendliest wishes for 2015 *. We will need even more solidarity and friendship, starting among ourselves, for we share values as essential as those of buenvivir and vivirbien. 2015 will be hot on the climate front, as well as, in these times of war, on the fronts of peace, democracy, and human and social rights. The call to strengthen world governance stemmed from the end of the Cold War and the (...) read more

The World March of Women Third International Action
¤ World March of Women ¤ 3 June 2013
The World March of Women (WMW) is an international feminist movement rooted in grassroots organisation. We believe in challenging the root of our poverty and our oppression by building solidarity amongst women and men through action. The year 2010 marked our 3rd International Action. Thousands of women across the globe marched under the slogan…”Women on the March Until we All are Free! The six texts represented here documents our 2010 Action. Starting with the Women’s Manifesto for Peace, (...) read more

Ressentiment* and the new world governance: a general analysis
¤ Margaux Vulliod ¤ 11 July 2011
Ressentiment can be traced back through history, metamorphosing to reflect changes in the way humans organize society and affecting everything from conflicts to power structures. A phenomenon that is both individual and collective, ressentiment can oppose people and civilisations. We will therefore use the light shed by history to examine contexts favourable to the development of ressentiment and the notion of subjectivity that characterizes human interpretations. Historical facts lose all (...) read more

Like a Rainbow Nation
¤ Nelson Mandela, NP, Matt, Lee, Mr. Cool, Izzy e Capton, Traversées ¤ 16 February 2010
This video was prepared on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s liberation from prison. It is based on Nelson Mandela’s inauguration speech when he took office as President of the Democratic South African Republic, in Pretoria on May 10, 1994. From the Document Database: What South Africa Does the World Need? Paul Graham, IDASA 21 October 2009 The intention of this paper is to stimulate discussion on the existing opportunities to change the world and the extent (...) read more

Videos of the Governance and Ressentiment Seminar
¤ FnWG Team, Traversées ¤ 23 September 2009
The "Governance and Ressentiment" seminar was held in Iquique, Chile, on December 5 and 6, 2008. It brought together various actors and intellectuals of the South Cone to work on the theme of ressentiment, which is rooted in the reality of the region and is also relevant globally. It was organized by CORAYUN and by the FnWG in the framework of a process leading to a South Cone Citizen Assembly. Speeches and interviews are in Spanish and in French only. The meeting (Spanish & French, (...) read more

World Governance of Ressentiment*
¤ Arnaud Blin ¤ 10 March 2009
History offers us an infinite array of examples of major and minor conflicts born of ressentiment. Revolutions, the key periods marking a break from the past and generating major cycles of history, are often the result of a sudden explosion of old ressentiments. Following the great revolutions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and the eruption of major ideologies and virulent nationalist movements which have all, in some way, exploited legitimate ressentiments, the 21st century offers us (...) read more


Media and Internet Governance

World Charter of Free Media
¤ World Forum of Free Media ¤ 15 April 2015
We, communicators and activists committed to multiple emancipatory communication practices across different regions of the world, freely assembled in March 2015 in Tunis, on the occasion of the 4th World Forum on Free Media, organized in the framework of the World Social Forum 2015, Adopt this World Charter of Free Media, as the result of our collective reflection initiated in 2013, and as an expression of our resistance, and our commitment to just and emancipatory communication, and our (...) read more

Net Neutrality as Global Principle for Internet Governance
¤ Milton Mueller ¤ 14 April 2008
This paper discusses the concept of network neutrality and explores its relevance to global Internet governance. Internet neutrality is usually seen as a domestic regulatory issue. And in many ways it has been a domestically focused controversy, up to now. The Concept of Network Neutrality (NN) originates in a debate over the policies to be applied to broadband access networks, which are typically licensed and regulated at the national or even the state and local levels. But as a (...) read more


Citizens’ Reappropriation of Politics

New Rules for New Radicals ? *
¤ Mandela World Liberation Front (MWLF) ¤ 27 March 2015
Traductions: Français, Español “We are a movement of liberation” We are moving, marching towards our liberation. The liberation of everyone and each of us, the liberation of the entire humanity. We seek to liberate ourselves from the madness of the powerful who make us crazy mad! Mad from misery and mad from inequality, mad from exhaustion and disease, mad from our land and our planet, seized away from us and soon inhabitable, mad from competition, mad from resentment, hatred and despair. (...) read more

Letter to our readers and to the Mandela World Liberation Front
¤ FnWG Team ¤ 27 January 2014
Dear Friends of the FnWG, Much to our surprise, just as we were devoting our newsletter to the inspiring figure of Nelson Mandela (see “Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century”), the Mandela World Liberation Front, unknown to us, asked us to publish their “MWLF: Statement No. 1” and to put it to discussion on our Forum. We liked the text for its vitality, for its ethical positioning, for its announced intention to be part of a broad movement of debate and action, and above (...) read more

Statement No. 1
¤ Mandela World Liberation Front (MWLF) ¤ 27 January 2014
Translations: Français, Español, 中文 Read also: Position of the FnWG Team Qunu, in the night of December 15 to 16, 2013 Mandela is dead! Long live Mandela! Death did not surprise him; he knew that his cry for peace and justice had been heard. Death will not stop him because other hands and other faces have always taken up his weapons and his words. Mandela embodied our struggle; he will continue to embody it! Dead or alive! We are the world. We are the people We are a people. We are (...) read more

For a Democratic Cosmopolitarian Movement
¤ Jean Rossiaud ¤ 14 March 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 universal; more so than ever before. It is driving humanity (“the human race” or “humankind”) to think of itself today as a world community, to form itself into a world society and, like a world nation, to defend its survival and its future collectively. Humanity is however struggling to see itself as a world community. Consciousness of sharing a (...) read more

When Dreams Come True
¤ Jee, Latino d’Arabia, Martin Luther King Jr., Traversées ¤ 24 November 2010
From speeches delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. The 28th of August of 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. And the 3rd of April of 1968 at Mason Temple, Memphis, Tennesee. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African American civil-rights movement. He is best-known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent (...) read more

Allende Hoy (English version)
¤ Artistas del recital 100 años de Salvador Allende, Salvador Allende (1908-1973) ¤ 23 September 2009
Allende Hoy - English Salvador Allende’s speech shortly before the coup d’état on September 11, 1973 in Chile, 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

Non-state Actors and World Governance
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 2 June 2008
Non-state actors have always played an essential role in global regulation, but their role will grow considerably in this, the beginning of the twenty-first century. Non-state actors play a key role in world governance in different domains. For a better understanding and development of the role of non-state actors, this role should be studied in conjunction with the general principles of governance. A- Non-state actors have always played an essential role in global regulation, but (...) read more


Types of Goods and Producers

Fair Coop, the Earth cooperative for a fair economy
¤ Fair Coop ¤ 17 September 2014
Fair.coop is an open global cooperative which organizes itself through the Internet and stays off-limits from nation-state control. read more


Legal Principles of a New World Governance

The Future of Democratic Sovereignty and Transnational Law
¤ Seyla Benhabib ¤ 8 September 2014
This essay examines the rise of legal cosmopolitanism in the period since the UDHR of 1948 as it gives rise to two very distinct sets of literature and preoccupations. The author argues that transnational human rights norms strengthen rather than weaken democratic sovereignty. read more

Global Governance and the Achievement of a Universal Civil Society
¤ Arnaud Blin ¤ 26 March 2014
I SUPPOSE men to have reached the point at which the obstacles in the way of their preservation in the state of nature show their power of resistance to be greater than the resources at the disposal of each individual for his maintenance in that state. That primitive condition can then subsist no longer; and the human race would perish unless it changed its manner of existence… But, as men cannot engender new forces, but only unite and direct existing ones, they have no other means of (...) read more

Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
¤ 3 October 2012
The Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights (UDEHR) is a programmatic instrument of international civil society aimed at state actors and other institutional forums for the crystallization of human rights in the new millennium. The Declaration’s point of departure is the idea that civil society plays a fundamental role in facing the social, political, and technological challenges that contemporary global society presents. For this reason it is provided with the UDEHR, an additional (...) read more

The Great Together
¤ Confucius, Los Cuatro Payasos Muertos, Traversées, Wikipedia ¤ 7 June 2011
Confucius (孔子 -kǒngzǐ-, literally “Master Kong”) (September 28, 551 B.C. - 479 BC) was a Chinese thinker, the creator of Confucianism, and one of the most influential figures in Chinese history. The teachings of Confucius have survived thanks to his Anaclets, which contain some of the discussions he had with his disciples. Biography Confucius was born in the town of Qufu in the former state of Lu, now part of the Shandong Province, in the Kong family, a noble family of landowners. His father (...) read more

Giving Africa Voice within Global Governance: Oral History, Human Rights and the United Nations Human Rights Council
¤ Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni ¤ March 2007
This paper seeks to present 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. Firstly, it raises the key 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 calls for the African continent to transcend its current ‘subaltern position’ in international relations and make its voice (...) read more


Document Database

For a World Citizen Movement
¤ FnWG Team ¤ 30 May 2014
We are a forum geared to changing world governance, from local to global. We believe it is time to help consolidate a World Citizen Movement headed both toward institutionalizing democratic world governance and toward transitioning to a more sustainable, solidarity-based world— a post-fossil and post-nuclear world for some, a post-speculation or post-capitalism world for others. It is generally considered today that world governance is in crisis. Citizens are well aware that tensions, (...) read more

Towards a World Citizens Movement
¤ Citizens’ Empowerment for Global Justice (DEEEP), CIVICUS, CONCORD, Global Call to Action Against Poverty ¤ 14 November 2013
Who are we? As citizens, global and local, and participants of the ‘Building a Global Citizens Movement Johannesburg Conference 2013’, we acknowledge our responsibility for the planet and for humanity and we take responsibility for our individual and collective actions. Collectively, we acknowledge that to reach a just and sustainable world which does not maintain the systems of global oppression, but act to create the change we want to see in the world. We have the power and capacity to (...) read more

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

Theories of Global Governance
¤ Cornelius F. Murphy Jr. ¤ 30 December 2012
Abstract global theories are built upon the assumption that the creation of a world community is reducible to a simple choice between the existing international arrangements and an ideal universal order held together in some predetermined structure. The inhuman quality of such speculation is revealed by the way that they terminate in imperatives addressed to the will. Reducing reason to the comprehension of the universal, they leave no room for any further concrete reflection on the (...) read more

Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
¤ 20 March 2012
The FnWG has been working with numerous stakeholders to develop proposals for the Peoples Summit in Rio+20 since late 2010. This has resulted in a set of four Proposal Papers that contribute to understanding the complexity of the debates that are at stake. The idea is to help to structure the debates around the four themes covered by each of the papers: * ETHICS: Ethical and Philosophical Foundations for Biocivilization The crisis that we are immersed in at the beginning of the (...) read more

Foundations for Biocivilization
¤ Cândido Grzybowski ¤ 24 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 crisis that we are immersed in, at the beginning of this 21st century, is a historical experience of everyday life, one that is more lived and felt than thought about. To set off a reflection about it is to follow an uncertain path, a path that is still to be laid, but which, nonetheless, points out as an urgent and necessary task. The diagnoses (...) read more

Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir*
¤ Ricardo Jiménez ¤ 17 July 2011
Table of contents • Kachkaniraqmi: “We are here, we are still” • Overcoming extreme and facile views • Origins of originality • Essential principles • Materiality of life • Qhapac Ñan • Buen Vivir *The literal English translation is “good living,” but it is important to observe that buen vivir is itself an imperfect Spanish approximation of the indigenous Ecuadorean Kichwa term, sumak kawsay. Meanwhile, in Bolivia, a similar concept stemming from the Aymara Indian cosmovision and language—suma (...) read more

World Governance. A Personal European View
¤ Michel Rocard ¤ 2 April 2008
There is no such thing as a formalized, official European view on the problems of global governance. But there is very likely a European cultural bias in the way most European citizens feel about this problem, and in the way the European nations have behaved collectively on these issues. The main European consensus turns around the fact that our planet is presently suffering from many threats. read more


Universal, Plural and Quality Education, and Citizen Education

Policy Paper on Education: Building the Future through Quality Education
¤ Education International ¤ 16 February 2014
Education International (EI) has decided, after eighteen years of policy making through its Congresses and Conferences at the international and regional levels, to develop a comprehensive policy on education. This policy will encapsulate the very essence of what has made EI what it is today and reflect the goals which should underpin an education that is consistent with EI’s traditions. This policy challenges explicitly the narrow, instrumentalist view of education as solely teaching (...) read more

Seven Complex Lessons in Education for the Future
¤ Edgar Morin ¤ October 1999
If we want the Earth to be able to meet the needs of its human population, society must undergo a transformation. Thus, tomorrow’s world must be fundamentally different than the one we know today. We must therefore work toward building a “feasible future.” Democracy, equality and social justice, and peace and harmony with our natural environment: these must be the key words for this future world. In this context, UNESCO asked Edgar Morin to express his ideas in the very essence of future (...) read more


Nature of Work and Globalization of Social Rights

A Bit Rich: Calculating the Real Value to Society of Different Professions
¤ New Economics Foundation ¤ 14 January 2013
Pay matters. How much you earn can determine your lifestyle, where you can afford to live, and your aspirations and status. But to what extent does what we get paid confer ‘worth’? Beyond a narrow notion of productivity, what impact does our work have on the rest of society, and do the financial rewards we receive correspond to this? Do those that get more contribute more to society? With controversial bonuses being paid out in Christmas in bailed-out banks, the authors believe that it is (...) read more

Extreme Poverty and World Governance
¤ Hugues de Courtivron, Thierry Viard, Xavier Godinot ¤ 2 May 2011
The proposals outlined in this Paper have twin aims. On the one hand, to place the eradication of extreme poverty at the heart of the political goals pursued by a renewed world governance. On the other hand, to recognize the participation of the poorest members of humanity in elaborating new principles or shaping future world governance as an essential condition in the success of the enterprise. The Paper is based primarily on Xavier Godinot’s observations and proposals in his book (...) read more

Decent Work as a Goal for the Global Economy
¤ Gerry Rodgers ¤ September 2007
The International Labour Organization (ILO) has drawn up a new concept: decent work for all. Decent work has four dimensions: the nature of the work and employment in question; the ability to exercise employment rights; safety; and the capacity for employer representation and dialogue. The concept of “work” aims to reach beyond that of a mere paid job position, to cover all occupational diversity from freelance work to the domestic work carried out by a housewife without receiving payment (...) read more


Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth

The Commons and World Governance
¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin ¤ 2 August 2012
It is only by moving from the idea of individual protection to the idea of protection of all that we can start to envisage the possibility of a global social contract. In other words, it is our global freedom, that is, our freedom to enjoy, thus to protect, what is common to all of us as a world community that will entice us to, and determine our will to extract ourselves from what is essentially becoming a global war on our planet, on our “commons,” and on ourselves. But what does this (...) read more

Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth
¤ Germà Pelayo ¤ 24 September 2008
This file contains a series of discussions and proposals formulated in recent years around the environmental dimension of world governance. They have been categorized according to the following themes: reconstruction of the environmental balance; energy management, mineral and ocean resources; farming, food security, and sovereignty; sustainable development; and the relationship between humankind and the biosphere. The crisis brought about by the accelerated pace and the probable (...) read more

Earth System Governance - The Challenge for Social Science
¤ Frank Biermann ¤ 19 July 2006
This paper introduces the concept of earth system governance as a new social phenomenon, as a political program, and as a subject of research. It then sketches the key problem structures that complicate earth system governance and derives principles for earth system governance both as a political project and as research practice, namely credibility, stability, adaptiveness, and inclusiveness. The main part of the paper introduces five challenges that lie at the core of earth system (...) read more


Managing Sea, Soil, and Energy Resources

Governance for Sustainability
¤ Klaus Bosselmann, Prue Taylor, Ron Engel ¤ 16 January 2012
Relating the concept of governance to the concept of sustainability requires no less than reformulating the basics of democracy. It is clear that the past 20 years of neo-liberal economic globalization have eroded both the common good and democracy. Reclaiming lost ground, therefore, is paramount for disempowered communities and disenfranchised citizens. But this in itself will not be enough. The real issue is whether the common good, that is the sustainability of life, can be pursued (...) read more


Political and Institutional Governance

Conceptualising Global Democracy
¤ Building Global Democracy Programme ¤ 7 December 2011
Discussing the meanings of global democracy should itself be a globally democratic process. Such a debate would include contributions from different world regions, different cultures, different walks of life, different ages, classes, genders and races. Many diverse people have something to say on the subject. Yet actual literature on global democracy has so far tended to have a much narrower base. Predominantly the ideas have come from the North Atlantic area, from Judeo-Christian western (...) read more

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


Governance of Peace, Security, and Conflict Resolution

Choosing between Two Evils or Rethinking Armed Interventionism
¤ Germà Pelayo ¤ 11 July 2011
Are the NATO bombings in Libya justified? This intervention, meant to help rebel troops advance and to neutralize Gaddafi and allegedly seeking to minimize civilian deaths, is producing the very opposite of the hoped-for effect by prolonging the war indefinitely. Once again, society is forced to make an unhappy choice between two evils: all-too-real national dictatorships, and Atlanticist interventionism (as well as possible future interventionism from other powers). When will we finally (...) read more


The Role of Armies, Disarmament, and Conversion

Soldiers and the Latest Trends: Lessons from Yugoslavia?
¤ Jean-René Bachelet ¤ 27 July 2010
We are immersed in the latest trends. The current trends in a given society, for a given period and on a given issue mean we might think this, or we might think that; or rather, we might not think it: this or that imposes itself as the truth, with no need for argument, or even any question of refuting it. Most people accept this without thinking, and some with conviction; certain free spirits, on the other hand, view it with distrust or even scepticism; a minority swim against the current, (...) read more

World Governance of Civilian and Military Nuclear Energy
¤ François Géré ¤ 7 March 2010
Hell for humanity, bringer of peace and prosperity are the two sides of the nuclear coin. Managing them requires wisdom and foresight within a framework of good governance. Which begs the question: What is “good world governance of nuclear energy”? It simply means developing the nuclear-power industry in a way that ensures that the international community as a whole, and each individual member, live in peace and prosperity on our planet. This process implies taking into account the (...) read more

Bringing the Violence of War under Control in a Globalized World
¤ Jean-René Bachelet ¤ 30 September 2009
The most serious of all the dangers facing humanity at the outset of the 21st century is undoubtedly that which threatens its very survival. Since the end of the 20th century, we have entered into a transitional phase, with one crisis succeeding and overlapping the next: the financial crisis and accompanying economic crisis, affecting entire swathes of the banking and industrial systems and once again raising the specter of mass unemployment for those economies most tied into global (...) read more

Military Ethics for a Better World
¤ Jean-René Bachelet ¤ 19 August 2008
The Army is a state institution that possesses the force of weapons. Under what conditions is the use of armed force legitimate? The answer to this question lies in military ethics. For a soldier, working for a better world is to reconcile the occasional need to use force with the obligations of the principle of humanity. This principle states that all human beings belong to one same humankind, and every individual has an inalienable right to respect of his life, integrity, and dignity. (...) read more


The Architecture of World Governance

Moving Toward a New World Governance
¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin, Michel Rocard ¤ 6 July 2010
We are incontestably in a period in which we have broken away from a now vanished former order—insofar as “order” can apply to the Cold War—a period in which the world is seeking a new architecture of the world governance, seeking, in short, a governance yet to be found, that will be capable of apprehending the moment’s problems, anticipating tomorrow’s crises, and writing day-after-tomorrow’s history. In other words, seeking a governance system adapted to a henceforth globalized world, a “world (...) read more

From Westernization to Globalization. A Brief History of Chinese Modernity
¤ 陈力川 Chen Lichuan ¤ 16 March 2009
As China becomes an increasingly key player in the future of globalization, this article traces the evolution of Chinese thinking about the modernization of society and the country. It examines the key moments of China’s political history and the debates and standpoints that have developed within Chinese society. But although modernization was initially an involuntary choice forcefully imposed by the Western world, China has since undergone a great many trials and tribulations to make it (...) read more

For a Legitimate, Efficient, and Democratic Global Governance
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ January 2003
Interdependences among the world’s societies and between humankind and the biosphere have developed at an accelerated pace without the powers’ adapting their forms of organization to such change. Present global governance, based on relations among sovereign states, is not equipped to take up the challenges of today’s world and suffers from lack of legitimacy. The global village seems devoid of rules, cohesion, redistribution of resources, and justice, as if it only existed for the benefit of (...) read more

Redefining Global Governance to Meet the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 12 October 2001
The current system of governance is no longer adapted to the challenges of tomorrow’s world. Its architecture must be based on a new vision of the world and on universally acknowledged principles so that its legitimacy is accepted by all. The rudiments of global governance have been instituted in the course of the past 50 years. At the same time, however, interdependences among the world’s societies and between humankind and the biosphere began to develop at a much faster pace. Present (...) read more


Managing Territories, Cities, and the Rural World

Videos on the Seminar "What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?"
¤ FnWG Team, iBase, Traversées ¤ 20 May 2010
On May 8-9, 2008, the Seminar “What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?” was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was organized by IBASE and the FnWG and attracted some 30 actors from different fields around the region to discuss the question of governance in Amazonia. The Amazon basin is the object of a constant struggle: on the one hand, there is a desire to exploit its natural resources and on the other, the need to preserve its biological and human diversity. Above all else, it (...) read more


Sustainable Development and the Humanity-Biosphere Relationship

What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?
¤ Cândido Grzybowski ¤ 21 May 2008
Facing the threat of a world organized by relations that destroy life and generate exclusion, inequalities, and violence, we need to think about how to build a fair, global society rooted in both diversity and solidarity. From the standpoint of Brazil, an emerging global power, but threatened by a huge social divide, and from that of Amazonia, the planet’s lung, which the market in its blindness is seeking to possess and wipe out, this paper sets out a few proposals for change base on the (...) read more

Towards a Global Political-Economic Architecture of Environmental Space
¤ Ton Bührs ¤ November 2007
The concept of environmental space (ES) has been put forward as a means of operationalising sustainability. Based on three tenets, the recognition of environmental limits, a strong equity principle, and a focus on resource consumption, the ES approach offers a cognitive framework for a comprehensive and integrated approach to environmental/resource policy and management. With growing concerns about mounting environmental pressures and looming ecological and resource scarcity, it offers also (...) read more

"Negative Growth": Rebirth of a Revolutionary Concept
¤ Mathieu Auzanneau ¤ 29 March 2004
The idea of negative growth dates back to the beginning of the 1970s, about 20 years before the emergence of the concept of "sustainable development." It is a radical critique of the principle of constant growth of global income, in other words GDP growth, on which the entire current economic order is founded. The central argument of this critique: all the raw materials and the energy consumed today are lost for future generations. Rich countries must therefore consume a lot less in order (...) read more


The New Roles of States and Territorial Scales

Citizen participation in the process of state reform
¤ Iniciativa Ciudadana para la Cultura del Diálogo ¤ 14 April 2008
Democracy in Mexico, while making some significant progress, has not managed to demonstrate clearly its ability to govern, provide efficient responses to social demands and process institutionally the different conflicts inherent to any plural and diverse society. The evidence of the exhaustion of this governability model based on an authoritarian presidential system is increasing. Given this reality, the organisations of the Public Observatory Council for State Reform aim to promote a (...) read more


Security, and Prevention of Terrorism and Militarism

A European Way of Security. The Madrid Report on the Human Security Study Group
¤ Mary Kaldor (Conv.) ¤ November 2007
The European Union should relaunch its foreign and security policy in the wake of the proposed Reform Treaty by declaring its commitment to principles of human security governing the deployment of military and civilian forces in external interventions, suggests the Madrid Report of the Human Security Study Group launched on 08 November 2007. Entitled "A European Way of Security," the report urges EU member states to support a new framework for the European Security and Defense Policy (...) read more


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