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Theme: Global civil society

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¤ 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


Citizens’ Reappropriation of Politics

Reclaiming the ASEAN Community for the People
¤ ASEAN Civil Society Conference, ASEAN People’s Forum ¤ 21 April 2015
On the occasion of the forthcoming 26th ASEAN summit to be held in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi, Malaysia, on April 24-28, 2015, we are publishing here the ASEAN Civil Society Conference and ASEAN People’s Forum statement, adopted previously as a result of a regional consultation. "We, the civil society of Southeast Asia, guided by the principles of human rights, democracy, good governance, rule of law, non-discrimination, substantive equality, progressiveness and non-retrogression, remain (...) read more

How to break out the system trap. A model to support conversations for a more strategic activism.
¤ Micha Narberhaus ¤ 29 June 2014
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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

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

Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World
¤ Heidi Moksnes, Mia Melin ¤ 18 September 2012
What is global civil society? And what is the meaning of global civil society? A few years ago, there was a debate on whether a global civil society existed or not. Today, few people doubt the existence of a global political space, and research on “global civil society” has emerged as a sub-field of study in the broader context of globalisation theory and research. Over the past decades, civil society has been considered increasingly important to socio-economic development and in political (...) read more


Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth

Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development
¤ 28 June 2014
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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


Governance of Science, Education, Information, and Communication

An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World
¤ John Restakis, Michel Bauwens ¤ 14 December 2013
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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


Political and Institutional Governance

Civil Society Politics Manifesto
¤ Civil Society Politics ¤ 20 September 2013
Around the world politics is in disrepute. It has become detached from society, unresponsive to its needs. It seems incapable of solving the big economic, social and environmental challenges of our time. Public leadership remains important, but politics is everywhere discredited. In Western societies, politics no longer inspires, cynicism rules, and citizens feel powerless. In post-communist societies, initial enthusiasm for democracy has given way to detachment and cynicism. Citizens (...) read more


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