Do what is right. Rosa Parks True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr. An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo . . . for with freedom come responsibilities. Nelson Mandela *

Theme: Legitimacy

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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

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

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

World Governance Index (WGI)
¤ FnWG Team, Renaud François ¤ 8 September 2011
Both a photograph and a means to induce action/reaction, the WGI has a twofold dimension. An analytical dimension—it tries to provide as true a reflection as possible of the state of world governance—and an operational dimension—it must enable players to act or to react in the direction of a more efficient, more democratic world governance more in phase with the environment. The index was designed mainly to offer political decision makers, whatever their level (national, regional or (...) read more

Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
¤ Citizen Assemblies, FnWG Team ¤ 30 June 2011
First draft. January 2011 If you wish to contribute to the debate and enrich this Charter proposal, you can subscribe by writing to A Charter project to join the Peoples together and start a debate In these times of uncertainties and global challenges, it is imperative that citizens, the men and women who make up the endless mosaic of the Peoples of the World, can shape their own fate and together develop the values and principles that will guide the human adventure of the (...) read more

What South Africa Does the World Need?
¤ Paul Graham ¤ 21 October 2009
The intention of this paper is to stimulate a conversation about the existing opportunities to change the world and the extent to which South Africa can and should contribute towards that. It celebrates the human effort to achieve liberty, equality and fraternity and the ways in which these elude us even as they invigorate, as Wordsworth recognized after the French revolution. It is however not the story of the ways in which the world is changing, of the signs and portents that arise from (...) read more


Citizens’ Reappropriation of Politics

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

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

On the Road to a Citizens Assembly
¤ Gustavo Marin ¤ May 2007
Interview by the NGO Traversées of Gustavo Marín, program officer at the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind and member of the World Social Forum International Council. Taped in April 2007 at the preliminary South Cone Citizens Assembly in Antofagasta, Chile, the interview covers the beginnings, the nature, and the future of the different international civil-society deliberative processes. Gustavo Marín tells of the birth and the encouraging, albeit uneven (...) read more

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


Legal Principles of a New World Governance

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

Hearing on Neo-liberal Politics and European Transnational Corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean
¤ Permanent People’s Tribunal ¤ 2 February 2006
The EU-LAC bi-regional network requested to convene a session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) on Transnational Corporations (TNCs) in Latin America on 2 February 2006, to investigate the increasingly dominant role of European TNCs in strategic areas, such as services, infrastructure, petroleum, water, finance and telecommunications. They particularly asked for an examination of the threats thereby posed to political sovereignty, development policy, economic autonomy, environmental (...) read more


The New Roles of States and Territorial Scales

The State’s Legitimacy in Fragile Situations
¤ Dominique Darbon, Ole Jacob Sending, Séverine Bellina, Stein Sundstøl Eriksen ¤ 5 November 2010
A fragile state is a low income country characterized by weak state capacity and/or weak state legitimacy leaving citizens vulnerable to a whole range of shocks. A group of 35 to 50 countries is falling behind this category. It is estimated that out of the world’s six billion people, 26% live in fragile states The paralysis in the development of fragile states have consequences, as part of the whole states of the world, in the evolution of the global governance and in that of the role of (...) read more

Barack Obama - Yes we can
¤ Barack Obama, Will.i.am ¤ 21 October 2009
Barack Obama - Yes we can Biography (extracted from Wikipedia) Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office, as well as the first president born in Hawaii. Obama previously served as the junior United States Senator from Illinois from January 2005 until he resigned after his election to the presidency in November 2008. Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law (...) read more

The New Republic Will be Democratic and Socially Oriented
¤ Evelyne Sire-Marin, Roger Martelli ¤ 14 April 2008
Before the 2007 elections in France, and since the political crisis is at the center of public life, the level of debate on the institutions of the French Republic is weak. The proposals of the “major” candidates are particularly vague. In fact, everyone is cautiously sticking with what now constitutes a kind of weak consensus: strengthening the role of Parliament and expanding the procedures for citizen involvement. But what level of reform should be sought and, most importantly, what should (...) read more


Conflict Resolution and Sustainable Peace Building

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

Ressentiment* and World Governance
¤ FnWG Team ¤ 10 December 2009
It is no easy thing to refer to ressentiment without touching on the composite aspects the term conjures up. Broaching the question of ressentiment is complicated, since it often gives rise to misunderstandings and stirs up confused and contradictory feelings. In this Seminar we decided to tackle the issue of ressentiment by broaching frequently avoided questions concerning relations between a country and its people. The focus of conflict management is almost always on territorial (...) read more


Rebuilding the Environmental Balance

After Copenhagen, Some Light on the Horizon
Henceforth, the Keys to the Future are Responsibility, Solidarity, and Courage

¤ Arnaud Blin ¤ 14 January 2010
What climate warming does is expose the ineptitude of our world-governance system in broad daylight, where Copenhagen was no more than a theatrical production, making us forget a truth, albeit blatant, which is that “world governance” remains fatally attached to the old principles of international relations that have been in force for centuries and, despite their being totally inadequate for our current context, are still governing the world today. 2009 is over, and here we are in 2010: it’s (...) read more


The Role of Armies, Disarmament, and Conversion

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


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


Types of Goods and Producers

PMCs, Human Security and Global Governance in Global Public Sphere
¤ Kato Akira ¤ 26 March 2008
In analyzing the reasons why these non-state actors have been appearing in global political scene particularly since the end of the cold war, this essay considers their impacts on the traditional international security system, and the prospects of whether they are conducive to giving birth to human security in global public sphere. The author will try to grasp important issues in public security such postmodern terrorism, organized crimes, ethnic struggles, religious conflicts and so on, (...) read more

Does Global Governance Ensure That the Global Public Interest Is Served?
¤ Joseph E. Stiglitz ¤ September 2006
Globalization implies the emergence and development of global public goods. The major problem in the current international economic system of governance without government is that no effective means exist for assembling the necessary resources for financing these global public goods. The needs of international bodies such as the IMF, World Bank and WTO have never been stronger, but confidence in them has never been weaker. Globalization is progressing, and it results in greater integration (...) read more


Trade, Money, and Finances

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


Regulating the Public and the Private Economy

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 Architecture of World Governance

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


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