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 Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder. Paul Valéry Henceforth, our country should be the universe. Flora Tristan *

Theme: Political innovation

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Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth

Could the COP 21 be our next Westphalian Moment?
¤ Arnaud Blin ¤ 5 December 2015
As the COP 21 is in full throttle, let me reflect briefly on a unique historical event that in some ways resembled the predicament we find ourselves in today. One might call it the “Westphalian Moment.” To disparage any misunderstanding, let me first make a distinction between this and what has been known as the Westphalian Order, whose revival I am not advocating in the least sense. The Westphalian Order that came about at the end of the Thirty Year War in 1648 and died a century ago in (...) read more


Towards the WDF

From the Forum for a new World Governance (FnWG) to the World Democratic Forum (WDF)
¤ FnWG Team ¤ 2 June 2015
Translations: Français, Español The FnWG was born a little more than seven years ago, led by Gustavo Marin, hailing from the FPH, and Arnaud Blin, a longtime partner. In April 2013, Jean Rossiaud joined the two coordinators. On May 1, 2015 Gustavo Marin left the FnWG for a well-deserved retirement. Currently, Jean Rossiaud (Geneva) and Arnaud Blin (New York) are managing it jointly. A new phase of development will begin in July 2015. The forum is going to adopt a new name: World Democratic (...) read more


Citizens’ Reappropriation of Politics

Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
¤ Germà Pelayo ¤ 8 January 2014
Nelson Mandela’s passing has triggered, in the past few weeks, tributes to the man and reflections on his action. The man’s outstanding character made of his action much more than just a struggle for a people’s emancipation. How can we build a fair and free society in the twenty-first century based on the teachings offered by Mandela in the twentieth century? What geographic scope, what objectives, what strategies and actions would we draw up and what obstacles would we find along the way? (...) read more

Do Space and Action Have to Be Contradictory? Toward an Inclusive WSF Strategy
¤ Vinod Raina ¤ 22 February 2008
Is the WSF still the most appropriate vehicle for the new stage in the struggle of the global justice and peace movement? Or, having fulfilled its historic function of aggregating and linking the diverse counter-movements spawned by global capitalism, is it time for the WSF to fold up its tent and give way to new modes of global organization of resistance and transformation? The major problem in the present strategic debate regarding the future of WSF is that those who feel that it has (...) 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

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


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


Document Database

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

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


Sustainable Development and the Humanity-Biosphere Relationship

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


Managing Sea, Soil, and Energy Resources

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


Legal Principles of a New World Governance

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

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

Political Parties and Global Democracy
¤ Jan Aart Scholte ¤ April 2006
This paper examines the place of political parties and party systems in providing democracy for the more global world of the twenty-first century. It argues that recent intense globalisation has by no means rendered political parties and party systems irrelevant. However, political parties have lost substantial democratic impact by failing to move on with today’s more global times. Parties could regain considerable stature as democratic forces if they altered a number of practices in line (...) read more


Security, and Prevention of Terrorism and Militarism

The Cosmopolitan State
¤ Ulrich Beck ¤ January 2001
The global terrorist threat is part of the risk society and blurs the distinction between internal and external security. Ulrich Beck concludes that in order to be able to deal with their national problems, today’s states have to de-nationalize and transnationalize themselves. Terrorism operating on a global scale has opened a new chapter in world risk society. A clear distinction must be made between the attack itself and the terrorist threat that becomes universal as a result. The global (...) read more


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