Henceforth, our country should be the universe. Flora Tristan The world is for the public good, such is the Great Way. Confucius . . . for with freedom come responsibilities. Nelson Mandela Whenever you are in doubt, recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man. Gandhi *

Theme: Sustainable society

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Disaster management ¤ Discourse analysis ¤ Ecnomic diversity ¤ Eco-solidarity economy ¤ Ecological economics ¤ Economic globalization ¤ Economic justice ¤ Education ¤ Efficiency ¤ Electoral democracy ¤ Emancipation ¤ Empire ¤ Empowerment ¤ Energy governance ¤ Energy ¤ Environmental governance ¤ Equal dignity ¤ Equality ¤ ESC rights ¤ Ethics ¤ Ethics ¤ Evolution of the role of the state ¤ Extractivism ¤ Extraterritorial obligations ¤ Fighting poverty and inequalities ¤ Financial crisis ¤ Financial governance ¤ Financing the transition ¤ Fist nations ¤ Food security ¤ Food sovereignty ¤ food ¤ Forests ¤ Freedom of expression ¤ Friendship ¤ Future generations ¤ G8 + G20 ¤ Gender relations ¤ Global action ¤ Global civil society ¤ Global de facto powers ¤ Global democracy ¤ Global ethics ¤ Global finance ¤ Global identity ¤ Global knowledge ¤ Global law ¤ Global mobilization ¤ Global programme ¤ Global taxes ¤ Glocalization ¤ Green economy ¤ Health governance ¤ Health ¤ Health ¤ Horizontal relations ¤ Human responsibilities ¤ Human rights ¤ Human security ¤ Humanity-biosphere relationship ¤ Humankind ¤ Hunger ¤ Imperialism ¤ Indexes ¤ Indignados ¤ Individual commitment ¤ Information and Communication Technology ¤ Institutional Cooperation ¤ Institutional coordination ¤ Intellectual property ¤ Interdependence ¤ International financial institutions ¤ International institutions ¤ International Law ¤ International trade ¤ Internet Governance ¤ Justice ¤ Knowledge society ¤ Land grabbing ¤ Land management ¤ Land rights ¤ Law ¤ Legal infrastructure ¤ Legitimacy ¤ Living well ¤ Local development ¤ Low-carbon economy ¤ Market economy ¤ Media culture ¤ Media ¤ Media ¤ Meetings ¤ Migrations ¤ Military expenditure ¤ Millennium Development Goals ¤ Minority ¤ Mitigation ¤ Mobilization ¤ Money ¤ Multi-stakeholder processes ¤ Multidimensional crisis ¤ Multilateral agreement ¤ Multilateralism ¤ Natural resources ¤ Negotiation processes ¤ Neoliberalism ¤ New institutions ¤ Newly advanced economies ¤ Non-state actors ¤ North-South relations ¤ Nuclear ¤ Outer space ¤ Pachamama ¤ Pandemy ¤ Peace building ¤ Pensions ¤ Peoples’ assemblies ¤ Perspectives and scenarios ¤ Perspectives and scenarios ¤ Player networking ¤ Political innovation ¤ Polyarchy ¤ Power relations ¤ Precautionary principle ¤ Privatization ¤ Production sectors ¤ Productivism ¤ Property ¤ Psychology of leadership ¤ Public goods ¤ Public services ¤ Publiic policies ¤ Quality education ¤ Racism ¤ Rapid intervention force ¤ Redistribution ¤ Reducing emissions ¤ Reform of the UN ¤ Refugees ¤ Regional institutions ¤ Regional integration ¤ Religions ¤ Relocalization ¤ Responsibility to protect ¤ Responsibility ¤ Responsible science ¤ Ressentiment ¤ Right to food ¤ Right to housing ¤ Right to information ¤ Rights ¤ Rio+20 ¤ Risk management ¤ Role of regions ¤ Role of the armies ¤ Role of the experts ¤ Rural area ¤ Rural world ¤ Science and citizenship ¤ Science ¤ Self-organisation ¤ Sharing economy ¤ Small-scale farming ¤ Social and economic policies ¤ Social contract, charter ¤ Social innovation ¤ Social movements ¤ Social organisation ¤ Sociocultural diversity ¤ Solidarity patterns ¤ Solidarity ¤ Sovereignty ¤ Sovereignty ¤ Spirituality ¤ Sports ¤ Standards ¤ Strategy of chaos ¤ Subsidiarity ¤ Sustainable City ¤ Sustainable society ¤ System’s relevance ¤ Taxes ¤ Territorial management ¤ Territorial scales ¤ Territory ¤ Terrorism ¤ Time Management ¤ Trade unions ¤ Transitions ¤ Transnational Corporations ¤ Transparence, accountability ¤ Treaty, convention ¤ Ubuntu ¤ United Nations ¤ Unity-Diversity ¤ Values and principles ¤ Views on Global Governance ¤ Vulnerable group ¤ War ¤ Water ¤ Welfare society ¤ Westphalian system ¤ Work ¤ World citizenship ¤ World government ¤ World parliament ¤ World state ¤ World-governance building strategies ¤ WTO ¤ Harmony ¤ Constitution, Law ¤ Rights of Mother Earth ¤ Diplomacy ¤ Waste management ¤ Humanism ¤ Leviathan ¤ New educations ¤ Common security ¤ Nation state ¤ Federalism ¤ Geopolitics ¤ Violence management ¤ History ¤ Freedom ¤ Nationalism ¤ Rationalism ¤ Sovereignty ¤ Superpower ¤ Debt ¤ world-modernity ¤ Democratic cosmopolitarian movement ¤

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Articles in English related to this theme:


Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth

3rd Dialogue Meeting between civil societies from China, Europe and South America
¤ 25 February 2015
WE, CITIZENS OF CHINA, SOUTH AMERICA AND EUROPE, Gathering on the occasion of our “Third Dialogue Meeting between the civil societies of China, Europe and South America” in the framework of the Peoples Summit, taking place in conjunction with the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP20) held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014, As citizens of the world, we leave this footprint on the path of our collective reflection and commitment, and we raise our voices to speak to the conscience of humankind: (...) read more

Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development
¤ 28 June 2014
This grassroots and social movements’ campaign recognizes that sustainable development cannot be achieved without addressing the structural causes of inequality, poverty and environmental degradation. read more

Dialog of Chinese, European, and South American Civil Societies at Rio+20
¤ 19 January 2013
"Impossible ideas are fundamental to have and to dream about, but more importantly, to make them possible." Civil societies from different parts of the world have been conversing and sharing ideas for more than 20 years. The purpose of these dialogs has been to contribute to the building of a global community, outside of governmental relations. The video here reflects exchanges among Chinese, South American, and European civil-society members. It is about how each society is facing its own (...) read more

A new historical moment?
¤ Nicola Bullard ¤ 10 March 2012
We are facing a cynical response from the elites concerning the ecological and economic crises. What is being sold to us as green economy is nothing but an attempt to have a new round of expansion of capitalism. It is an extension of neoliberalism, a new green Washington consensus, attempting not only to commodify the life in itself, but also to monetize it. It is said that the financial markets and the new technology will solve all our problems. The Rio+20 agenda has nothing to do with (...) read more

Rio+20 and Beyond. No Future without Justice
¤ Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development ¤ 22 January 2012
Over the last 20 years, little has been done to change patterns of production and consumption that pollute, erode biodiversity and lead to climate change, while commitments to human rights and gender justice have not been fulfilled. We are facing societal and ecological disaster. The State can respond quickly to this, if based on democratic legitimacy and accountability. In times of growing global interrelationship between societies, economies and people, universally agreed principles are (...) read more

"Biocivilization" for the Sustainability of Life and of the Planet. Video on the Workshop
¤ FnWG Team, iBase, Traversées ¤ 24 August 2011
Rio de Janeiro, August 10-12, 2011 A short video of the seminar The purpose of this meeting was to add our bit to the construction of a citizens’ movement facing the challenge of Rio+20. Participants were asked to work on a citizen agenda, which will be different from the official agenda. This agenda starts with a fundamental question: What ethical, political, and philosophical "biocivilization" basics are needed for the sustainability of life and of the planet? Participants were divided (...) read more

Biocivilization for the Sustainability of Life and of the Planet - Workshop
¤ iBase ¤ 16 July 2011
IBASE International Workshop toward the Rio+20 Conference Rio de Janeiro, August 9-12, 2011 With the support of the Forum for a New World Governance Read also: Proposals for a New World Governance Recovering and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars. Buen Vivir JUSTIFICATION As part of the month of public activities to commemorate its 30th anniversary, IBASE will hold a workshop with national and international invitees on August 9-12. Since 1997, after the death of Betinho, one of IBASE’s (...) read more

On the Road to Rio+20 - Proposals for a Citizen Project
¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin ¤ 3 January 2011
The upcoming UN Summit on Sustainable Development is to be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, 20 years after the historic summit of 1992. According to its organizers, the summit’s objectives are: to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development; to assess progress towards internationally agreed goals on sustainable development and to address new and emerging challenges. The Summit will also focus on two specific themes: a green economy in the context of poverty eradication and (...) 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

Global Environmental Governance: Elements of a Reform Agenda
¤ Adil Najam, Mihaela Papa, Nadaa Taiyab ¤ 14 May 2007
"Elements for a Reform Agenda" is the third and last chapter of the e-book "Global Environmental Governance: A Reform Agenda," published in 2006 by the International Institute on Sustainable Development. In this chapter, the authors suggest that there seems to be a consensus around five main goals in relation to global environmental governance (GEG): (1) leadership by outstanding and competent institutions commanding the respect and support of high-profile world leaders; (2) knowledge, (...) 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


Rebuilding the Environmental Balance

Transforming Capitalism: the Triple Crisis
¤ Peadar Kirby ¤ 18 December 2014
This article identifies a triple crisis of capitalism based on the three fictitious commodities as identified by Karl Polanyi: labour, money and land. This framework is used to integrate the environmental crisis into the wider crisis of capitalism. It argues that international actions required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are going to present major challenges for capitalism with implications for the current dominance of market power and the (...) read more

Small-scale Sustainable Farmers Are Cooling Down the Earth
¤ Via Campesina ¤ 5 November 2007
Current global modes of production, consumption, and trade have caused massive environmental destruction including global warming that is putting at risk our planet’s ecosystems and pushing human communities into disasters. Global warming shows the failure of a development model based on high fossil-energy consumption, overproduction, and trade liberalization. Farmers - men and women - around the world are joining hands with other social movements, organizations, people, and communities to (...) read more

Expanding and Reinforcing the Objectives of the Kyoto Protocol: Inciting International Stakeholders to Engage in Greenhouse-gas Transparency
¤ World Team A. Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance ¤ 14 July 2007
To face the inadequacies of the current approaches to the reduction of pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions, the establishment is proposed of a new institution, the International Emissions Organization (IEO). The IEO would bring together the various stakeholders in a concise framework streamlining the many existing and future initiatives. Complementary to current legislation and regulation, the IEO would need to be equipped with a number of tools, powers, governance mechanisms, and (...) read more

Conference for Climate Change
¤ Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance ¤ July 2007
Our global cooperative system to control greenhouse-gas emissions is a system in the shape of an international agreement in several points. The objectives of this proposal consist essentially of two parts. First, searching for alternative ways of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions that are mostly from energy-related sources, and second, a method for monitoring the conduct of each country. The authors of this paper seek to find a solution to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions without seriously (...) read more


Legal Principles of a New World Governance

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

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


Managing Territories, Cities, and the Rural World

Take Back the Land!
¤ AITEC, Charlotte Mathivet, CITEGO ¤ 25 March 2014
If land, whether rural or urban, were viewed as playing an essential role in all human beings’ life, just like air or water, and its value in use outweighed its exchange value, wouldn’t our cities and countryside look completely different ? A reflection on different ways to relate to land - other than ownership – must therefore be carried out, i.e. ways that do not entail abusing, speculating or excluding others. This issue sheds a light on analysis, experiences and alternatives regarding the (...) read more

Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 11 March 2012
The following text is a summary of a number of proposals. It addresses only proposals for paradigm shifts, and not for the numerous improvements that could be made to the existing systems. A/ What is at stake for territories 1. The territory, a hub of relations and flows in a globalized system. Territories are objectively called to play a decisive role in designing and conducting the necessary transition. Whatever the subject, we discover that a city and a region are the best scale at (...) read more

An Ecological Act: A Backgrounder to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA)
¤ Natural Resource Management and Livelihood Unit. Centre for Science and Environment ¤ 16 October 2009
The paper makes a case for using the NREGA, in India, into an effective development tool. While listing its development opportunities, the paper flags off the many challenges for it. The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005, or NREGA, in India, was brought into force by the Union government in February 2006. The Act is far-reaching in its intent and scope. It is the first nation-wide employment scheme that guarantees employment legally to India’s rural population. Naturally, it has (...) read more

FASE’s Commitment to a Sustainable and Democratic Amazonia
¤ FASE ¤ 4 May 2007
This text systematizes the FASE experience while operating in Amazonia and aims to contribute to the debate and to the diagnosis, views, and collective proposals of sustainable and democratic alternatives for the region, together with FASE’s partners. The purpose of this document is to analyze the future of Amazonia as a national and international challenge, the political debate over the destiny of this Region and the big issues and arguments facing its development. It introduces also the (...) read more


Media and Internet Governance

Beyond 2015: Media as Democracy and Development
¤ Fackson Banda ¤ 13 December 2013
At the heart of how democratic governance contributes to development is the right to freedom of expression. This right is recognised 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 press freedom. The importance of the (...) read more


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

Rio + ???
¤ Cândido Grzybowski ¤ 3 July 2012
Where have we got to at the end of the day? Where are we going? What vision do we have of the destiny we share so closely with nature? In what way can we create the conditions to ensure that all human beings, whoever they are, can live well and find happiness while caring for and sharing the generous planet that is our home? What changes do we need to make to the way we currently organize ourselves, produce and consume, a system that produces a shameful level of exclusion and social (...) 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

Proposal for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities
¤ 28 December 2011
Preamble We, Representatives of the Member States of the United Nations, gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the Earth Summit, June 2012 Recognizing 1- that the scope and irreversibility of the interdependences that have been generated among human beings, among societies, and between humankind and the biosphere constitute a radically new situation in the history of humankind, changing it irrevocably into a community of destiny; 2- that indefinite pursuit of current lifestyles and (...) 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

Youth and World Governance
¤ John Anugraha ¤ 2 November 2009
Albert Einstein was only 25 years old when he wrote his famous theory of relativity. Gandhi was about 25 years old when he helped to found the Natal Indian Congress, which molded the Indian community of South Africa into a homogeneous political force before he moved on to fight for the freedom of India. Che Guevara was about 28 years old when he joined Fidel Castro’s revolutionary movement for the freedom of Cuba. Nelson Mandela was about 30 years old when as a leader he was spearheading the (...) read more

WGI: World Governance Index (2009 Report)
¤ Renaud François ¤ 21 May 2009
You can see here the 2011 Report: * The main article (English) (Français) (Español) (中文) * The WGI document (English) (Français) * The WGI Map (English) (Français) (Español) (中文) Developing a new world governance constitutes one of the major challenges of our times, perhaps the most important of all. With this in view, the Forum for a new World Governance launched a number of research projects intended to draw up a roadmap and a set a framework for our work. World governance, though touching (...) read more


Citizens’ Reappropriation of Politics

Second Meeting of the China, Europe, and South America Dialog Group: Civil Societies Moving Forward for Change
¤ 5 July 2013
Dialog and coordination among the different actors around the planet are crucial for building democratic global governance. Despite the fact that for the moment there is more collaboration among grassroots, professional, trade, and cultural organizations from different parts of the globe, these do not always have as goal or intention to raise a common voice to fill the political vacuum left by globalization. The Tripartite Civil Society Organization (CSO) China, Europe, and South America (...) read more

Capitalism Has Failed: 5 Bold Ways to Build a New World
¤ Sara Robinson ¤ 31 December 2012
The problem, in a nutshell, is this: The old economic model has utterly failed us. It has destroyed our communities, our democracy, our economic security, and the planet we live on. The old industrial-age systems—state communism, fascism, free-market capitalism—have all let us down hard, and growing numbers of us understand that going back there isn’t an option. But we also know that transitioning to some kind of a new economy—and, probably, a new governing model to match—will be a (...) 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


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

Low-carbon Economy and Sustainable Development
¤ German Advisory Council on Global Change - Wissenchaftlicher Beirat des Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen (WBGU), The German Development Institute - Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) ¤ 12 April 2011
The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) will present its latest flagship report, “World in Transition: A Social Contract for a Great Transformation”, to Annette Schavan, Federal Minister of Education and Research, and Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen today. In this report, the WBGU explains the reasons for the urgent need for a ‚post fossil-nuclear metabolism‘. It also concludes that the transition to sustainability is achievable, and presents ten concrete packages of (...) read more

The Water Manifesto for a New Global Contract
¤ World Water Assembly for Citizen and Elected People ¤ August 2006
Following the release of Riccardo Petrella’s "Water Manifesto," a series of meetings were organized in Lisbon around the issue of access to water in the world. These meetings led to the writing of a manifesto for a world contract on water. Since then, the text has become a reference for all movements acting or wishing to act to promote access to water. We come from Africa, Latin America, North America, Asia, and Europe. We gathered together in l998 with no other legitimacy or (...) read more

Alternative World Water Forum
¤ Claude Drouot ¤ 31 March 2005
The second Alternative World Water Forum (Forum alternatif mondial de l’eau) (Fame) was held in Geneva from 17 to 20 March 2005, with new goals compared to the goals considered to be priorities in the first Forum in March 2003. The global water policy implemented by the World Water Council, a spin-off of the World Bank, is based on three major principles. Firstly, water must be considered to be an economic good, a product like petroleum or corn. Secondly, access to water is a vital need, (...) read more

Oil slicks: An Ocean of Profits
¤ Roseline Vachetta ¤ 19 December 2002
If there is a sector which, both in its organization and in its results, can be seen as the poster child for capitalist globalization, it must be maritime transportation. Roseline Vachetta, a member of the Regional Policy Committee for Transport and Tourism at the European Parliament, discusses this issue here. There are some “trash-container” ships which concentrate all the ingredients and all the opacity of capitalist globalization. For example, in the case of the Prestige, we find: an (...) read more

Sustainable Forest Management
¤ Luis Felipe Cesar, Olivier Ranke ¤ October 2001
Proposal Paper containing different definitions of the forest, an analysis of the conflicts between forest and other land uses, with special focus on the economic and environmental impacts of increased use of land for agriculture. Discussion in this Proposal Paper on the forest and on the different socioeconomic dimensions of forest management is conducted along three main lines. First, is considered the problematic existence of forest areas in relation to other uses of land. This point (...) read more


World Governance Index

The Five WGI Indicators
¤ FnWG Team, Renaud François ¤ 27 December 2011
Peace and Security indicator The Peace and Security indicator is broken down into two sub-indicators: the National Security sub-indicator and the Public Security sub-indicator. The National Security sub-indicator comprises: Conflicts, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, and Displaced Persons. The Public Security sub-indicator comprises: Political Climate, Degree of Trust among Citizens, Violent Crime, and Homicides per 100,000 Inhabitants. Rule of Law indicator Rule of law, as it is studied (...) read more

The World Governance Index (WGI)
¤ FnWG Team, Renaud François ¤ 23 December 2011
The Forum for a new World Governance (FnWG) 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 be aware of the emerging issues and problems, and to help them to find the necessary solutions. The paper “Rethinking Global Governance” defines the general objectives of this effort—to reduce inequalities, establish sustainable development, and build peace in a world of diversity—and frames some (...) read more

Map of the WGI
¤ Renaud François ¤ 23 December 2011
To get detailed results, click on the countries or select the desired name of the country or territory in the drop-down menu on the right. You can zoom in if necessary. The WGI has been published for 2011 and 2008. You can select the publication year of the index in the drop-down menu on the left. When you click on a country, you also get the country graph under the map. 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

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


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

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

When World-regulation Experts "Play" the Regions ...
¤ Pierre Beckouche ¤ January 2005
After about twenty years of deregulation, it appears that we are moving beyond the era of dogmatic neoliberalism into one of re-regulation; the opposition between states and markets posited by neoliberal thinking is less and less convincing. This does not imply returning to a nation-state scenario. There is increasing convergence on the idea that new regulation will take place as much, or even more on the regional scale (macro-regions: NAFTA, East-Asia, Euromed, etc.) than on the global (...) read more


The Role of Armies, Disarmament, and Conversion

Beyond the Numbers
¤ Arzu Hatakoy, Ely Ratner, Jeff Colgan, Joel Sandhu, Katrin Kinzelbach, Liang Wang, Shixin Jiao, Zachary Wasserman ¤ 17 November 2011
The current framework of global nuclear governance is overly focused on numbers: numbers of nuclear weapons and numbers of nuclear states. While we readily accept the importance of this emphasis, we also believe that the problems of numbers are terribly difficult to resolve and are drawing attention and resources away from alternative efforts to contribute to nonproliferation and nuclear security. In Beyond the Numbers, we therefore seek to highlight alternative approaches to global nuclear (...) 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


Universal, Plural and Quality Education, and Citizen Education

Digital Publishing in Developing Countries
¤ Octavio Kulesz ¤ 17 July 2011
E-books, print on demand, online sales sites, the boom in mobile phones… new technologies are profoundly transforming the way texts circulate. Developing countries, however, which face serious limitations in infrastructure, have a considerable challenge ahead of them. What new actors are emerging in the countries of the South, outside of the powerful platforms already existing in the US, Europe and Japan? Is it conceivable that there may be an autonomous evolution of digital publications in (...) 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


Sustainable Development and the Humanity-Biosphere Relationship

China Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2011. Greening the Economic Transformation
¤ CAS Sustainable Development Strategy Study Group, CHEN Shaofeng, 王毅 Wang Yi ¤ 9 May 2011
The world is in the most crucial period of transition in the 21st century, in which the future of human civilization will depend on our choice today. China has become the second largest economy in the world and, in terms of both its size and achievements, has increasingly deep impact on global socio-economic development and pattern. In the meantime, the rising China has been facing more and more international conflicts and development issues. In the context of changing global circumstances, (...) read more

Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
¤ Great Transition Initiative, James Gustave Speth ¤ 8 May 2011
The US political economy is failing across a broad Front. – environmental, social, economical, and political. Deep, systemic change is needed to transition to a new economy, one where the acknowledged priority is to sustain human and natural communities. Policies are available to effect this transformation and to temper economic growth and consumerism while simultaneously improving social well-being and quality of life, but a new politics involving a coalescence of progressive communities is (...) read more

China: Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2009
¤ 王毅 Wang Yi ¤ 27 August 2009
Climate change has become the most significant environment and development challenge to human society in the twenty-first century. Responding to climate change is the core task to achieve global sustainable development, both for today and for a rather long period of time from today. International negotiations on prevention of global warming and related actions not only concern the human living environment, but also have a direct impact on the modernization process of developing (...) read more

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 or Sustainable Development?
¤ Guillaume Duval ¤ 5 December 2004
Extreme-climate instances are on the increase, waste is accumulating, groundwater is running out or is polluted, oil is going to become scarce, and controlling it is the cause of increasingly violent conflicts, whether in Iraq or in Chechnya. At the same time, the capacity of the current economic system to meet social needs is increasingly disputed. Global inequalities are becoming deeper, and if part of Asia is coming out of underdevelopment, it is doing so by adopting a lifestyle that (...) 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

Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead
¤ Tariq Banuri, Gilberto Gallopín, Pablo Gutman, Al Hammond, Robert Kates, Rob Swart, Paul Raskin ¤ August 2002
This path-breaking book presents a fresh vision for a sustainable world. It describes the historic roots, current dynamics, future perils, and alternative pathways for world development. It advances one of these paths, Great Transition, as the preferred route, identifying strategies, agents of change, and values for a new global agenda. The planetary phase of history has begun, its ultimate shape profoundly uncertain. Will global development veer toward a world of impoverished people, (...) read more


Concepts

Environmental Governance
¤ Wikipedia ¤ 3 January 2011
(Also available at wikicoredem) Environmental governance is a concept in political ecology or environmental policy related to defining the elements needed to achieve sustainability. All human activities—political, social and economic—should be understood and managed as subsets of the environment and ecosystems. Governance includes not only government, but also business and civil society, and emphasizes whole system management. To capture this diverse range of dynamic forces, Environmental governance often necessitates founding alternative systems of governing, for example watershed based (...) 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

The UN: Which Reforms for What Future?
¤ Stéphanie Ah Tchou ¤ 20 January 2009
The UN is currently under a lot of criticism. Upbraided and disparaged, the body that conveyed so much hope is now being berated. There is abundant literature on its subject, not to praise it but to point out its weaknesses, to the point of challenging its very existence. How did this come to happen? Is such reproach warranted? How should the UN be reformed? What is its future? Should it really be abolished? This file contains info sheets organized according to a number of different (...) read more


Agriculture, and Food Security and Sovereingty

Governance of the World Banana Trade
¤ Iain Farquhar ¤ 16 October 2009
With liberalisation of the global banana market and more intense price competition, it has become increasingly difficult for small producers to survive, while large intensive operations which can keep costs down by paying particularly poor wages and disregarding environmental controls tend to be favoured. Consequently, if the aim of governance should be to manage the planet sustainably, then current patterns of governance are clearly failing. This paper will concentrate on those producers, (...) read more

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


Trade, Money, and Finances

Global Calling-for-help Center
¤ Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance ¤ May 2007
In the world there is a large number of local communities facing poverty problems that they cannot solve on their own. Existing institutions can only help a small percentage of these communities. There are many people in the world willing to offer their assistance, but they cannot find the proper places to offer their help because of the limits in information. At the moment, there is no mechanism that can connect people willing to give their help and people in need of help. The Global (...) read more

Bank of the South, International Context, and Alternatives
¤ Eric Toussaint ¤ 9 September 2006
The Bank of the South proposes to try to break the dependence of developing countries on international financial markets, channel their own capacity for saving, stop capital flight, channel central resources to priorities for independent social and economic development, change investment priorities, etc. It is designed as a public bank and as an alternative to the Inter American Development Bank and the World Bank. The Bank of the South can grant credits with or without interest, as well (...) read more

The Bamako Appeal
¤ World Social Forum ¤ 17 January 2006
More than five years of worldwide gatherings of people and organizations who oppose neoliberalism have provided an experience leading to the creation of a new collective awareness. The social forums - world, thematic, continental, or national - and the Assembly of Social Movements have been the principal architects of this conscience. Meeting in Bamako on January 18, 2006, on the eve of the opening of the Polycentric World Social Forum, the participants of this day devoted to the 50th (...) read more


Nature of Work and Globalization of Social Rights

Basic Food Income: Option or Obligation?
¤ Rolf Künnemann ¤ January 2005
Basic food income is a universal payment by the state unconditionally to each member of society with an amount sufficient to cover elementary food needs. It is not a level of income but a state program, by definition. Minimum income describes a certain level of income, but may not be sufficient to provide access to food. Basic food income is an innovative idea. State programs can introduce "smart forms" of targeting. Indeed, how should the human right to food be guaranteed to households (...) read more


Types of Goods and Producers

The Right to Water as a Human Right
¤ Michael Windfuhr ¤ September 2003
Over the last two years, the right to water has received considerable attention both within the United Nations human rights system as well as within the work of non-governmental organizations. On the whole, the debate surrounding the content of obligations derived from the right to water is still in its early stages. Nevertheless, important progress has been made. The committee on economic, social, and cultural (ESC) rights derives the right to water as much from the right to food as from (...) read more


Conflict Resolution and Sustainable Peace Building

The Post-modern State
¤ Robert Cooper ¤ April 2002
The post-modern-state system has broken down national borders and rejected force for resolving disputes. The EU is the most developed example of this, but not the only one. On the other hand, the pre-modern state may be too weak even to secure its home territory, let alone pose a threat internationally, but can provide a base for non-state actors who are potentially dangerous to the post-modern world. Consequently, a new form of voluntary imperialism is needed for the world. The author (...) read more


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