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: Fighting poverty and inequalities

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Migrations

Migrants spearhead an unprecedented political-cultural battle: to open new routes to the world
¤ François Soulard ¤ 15 September 2016
“"The river that carries everything away is called violent, but no one calls violent the bed that oppresses it". - Bertold Brecht “It is not the earth that moves this time, it is we, migrants. The migrants, all those people going through the many forms of human mobility, we are a substantial part of the new world reality and also an emblematic expression of its contradictions and challenges”. Latin American letter from migrants Human migrations are surely the most compulsive transnational (...) 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

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
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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

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

Civil Society’s Impact on the Multilateral Sphere: Lessons Learned and Future Directions
¤ Montréal International Forum ¤ 13 March 2007
This is a report of Forum International de Montréal’s (FIM) Annual Forum "Civil Society’s Impact on the Multilateral Sphere: Lessons Learned and Future Directions", held in March, 2007 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Forum objectives were to: define the challenges and opportunities facing future Civil Society Organization/Non Governmental Organization (CSO/NGO) relations with multilateral bodies and systems; identify the present and emerging governance issues and priorities arising from these (...) read more


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

Call to Multiply the Village of Alternatives
¤ Alternatiba ¤ 25 February 2014
As Stéphane Hessel said, one of the greatest challenges of our time was “climate change and environmental degradation due to the actions of man throughout the last three centuries. The disruption of the climate is worsening faster than ever, and threatening the poorest populations of the planet and conditions for civilized life on Earth.” All the warning signs are here. Climate disruptions are multiplying, affecting the poorest populations of the global South, but also in the global North: (...) 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

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

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


Trade, Money, and Finances

A Primer on Global Economic Sharing
¤ Share The World’s Ressources (STWR) ¤ 19 December 2014
Humanity is in the midst of a global emergency. The policies that drive the world economy have magnified the gap between rich and poor, led to conflict over the planet’s natural resources, and resulted in an ecological crisis that threatens life on earth. We urgently need to move beyond the restrictive political and economic ideologies of the past and embrace solutions that meet the common needs of people in all nations - which will be impossible to achieve without some degree of economic (...) read more

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


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

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

Thirty years of Habitat I: no more neoliberal model of cities!
¤ Mariella Tornago ¤ 23 June 2006
Thirty years after the first Habitat I world summit held in Vancouver, we, citizens of the world, have witnessed the manifest deterioration of our living conditions and unalienable rights. After all these years, not one of the objectives or goals has been even partially achieved: 15% of the world population is subjected to forced eviction caused by foreign investments in indebted countries or in countries undergoing the transition towards a market economy (Karachi, Bombay, New Delhi, (...) 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

Education International’s Response to the Global Monitoring Report 2006 on "Literacy for Life"
¤ Education International ¤ September 2006
The world is more than five years, one third of the total period, on its way towards achieving Education For All (EFA), one of the Millennium Development Goals. In light of this, the UN Global Monitoring Report (GMR) 2006 examines progress on making the goals on EFA - set down at the World Education Forum in Dakar in 2000 - a reality. Education International (EI) decided in 2000 to annually produce a report which would provide an update on progress made and challenges still ahead with (...) read more


October 2013

World Protests 2006-2013
¤ Hernán Cortés, Isabel Ortiz, Mohamed Berrada, Sara Burke ¤ 5 January 2014
In recent years the world has been shaken by protests. From the Arab Spring to the “Indignados” (outraged), from Occupy to food riots. There have been periods in history when large numbers of people rebelled about the way things were, demanding change, such as in 1848, 1917 or 1968; today we are experiencing another period of rising outrage and discontent, and some of the largest protests in world history. The main grievances and causes of outrage are: Economic Justice and Anti-Austerity: (...) 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

Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future
¤ European Report on Development (ERD) ¤ 5 June 2013
Based on an assessment of the MDG experience and on an analysis of the changing international context and likely trends for the next 20-30 years, the ERD 2013 attempts to identify key potential drivers of a global partnership for development post-2015. Three such drivers are highlighted: Money: Development Finance. A fundamental question for an ambitious post-2015 agenda is how to both raise additional development finance and make it more effective. The Report points to the importance of (...) read more

Swords into Plowshares
¤ James A. Yunker ¤ 4 June 2013
Using a simulation model, this research examines the potential impact of a very large-scale foreign development-assistance program (a “Global Marshall Plan”), financed largely from reallocation of military expenditure, on the future development of the world economy. The model’s key premise is that inequality among nations in per capita income is all or mostly due to differentials in generalized capital stocks. Generalized capital encompasses all reproducible primary factors of production other (...) read more

A Proposal for Governance in the Post 2011 World
¤ Heather Marsh ¤ 1 June 2013
Optimism is a political act. In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience. - Alex Steffen The world is long overdue for a completely new system of governance. The need for political representation or a paternalistic and opaque authority has been removed by technology. Governance by nation states is now as arbitrary and illogical as city states were earlier found to be. Corporations have the freedom to live in a world without borders or social responsibility, to own property no individual can (...) read more

The Global Marshall Plan
¤ Network of Spiritual Progressives ¤ 31 May 2013
The Global Marshall Plan is a plan for all the world’s people to work in solidarity to eliminate poverty once and for all and to heal the environmental crisis. The Global Marshall Plan takes its name from the post-World War II Marshall Plan, a massive and successful project to provide aid to Western European countries—including Germany, which had been our antagonist in the war. Historians have debated how altruistic the plan was. Some argue that a large part of the motivation for 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

Another Future Is Possible
¤ Dialogue Platform of the Thematic Social Forum ¤ 11 March 2012
Rio+20 will be a strong political moment and a unique opportunity to “reinvent the world” by pointing to alternatives to the dangerous path in which we are currently ensnared. Nevertheless, judging from the actions of the hegemonic actors of the international system and from the mediocrity of international agreements negotiated in previous years, their false solutions, and the non-application of the principle already agreed upon at Rio 92, we understand that although we should not give up on (...) read more

Participate in the Drafting and Circulation of the Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
¤ Gustavo Marin ¤ 28 December 2011
The Peoples Summit at Rio+20 deserves a Charter to leave the stamp of a written “footprint” of the historical demands of those who will participate on site and from afar in this event. At every moment of history that has marked a big change, peoples have sought to express their visions of the future in a Carta Magna, Declarations, and/or Manifestos. The Charter of the Peoples of the Earth is inspired from the historical South African Freedom Charter, which was the banner 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

Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
¤ Gustavo Marin ¤ 23 December 2011
World Social forums, the first of which was held in January 2001 in Porto Alegre, constitute an international forum where organizations, networks, and civil-society movements meet periodically for mutual reinforcement and cross-fertilization. After 2001, every year until 2005 and every other year after that, World Social Forums have continued to assemble the different actors of global civil society. There are other alliances and networks, of course, that have organized international events, (...) 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

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

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

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


Conflict Resolution and Sustainable Peace Building

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

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


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

A Global Pension Plan
¤ Robin Blackburn ¤ October 2007
The universal, publicly financed old-age pension has been a popular and effective means for reducing poverty and extending social citizenship in all developed states. In the age of globalization it is right that this reliable and tested device for protecting the livelihood of the elderly should be installed at a planetary level, by means of a Global Pension paid at a modest rate to every older person, to be financed by a very modest tax on global financial transactions and corporate wealth. (...) read more

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


Rebuilding the Environmental Balance

Raising International Climate Finance
¤ International Trade Union Confederation ¤ 19 December 2012
The labor movement presented in Doha, in November 2012, a proposal on how to raise the agreed 100 billion dollars to fight against climate change from public contributions, and how to go even further through direct investments from pension funds toward sustainable choices. Finance is a key tool to advance climate policy. As was shown again in Doha, it is one of the key elements in the essential negotiations to seek an agreement. The ITUC, TUAC, and Sustainlabour organized on Friday, (...) read more


Legal Principles of a New World Governance

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


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


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


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

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


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

For Global Reform, a Social Democratic Approach to Globalization
¤ Groupe de réflexion «Europe-Mondialisation» ¤ 26 September 2002
This document is an attempt to formulate an approach of European socialists to globalisation, with a view to opening up a debate between political players and citizens. It is based on the discussions conducted within the past ten months in a think tank primarily consisting of elected European socialists and representatives of a certain number of civil society organizations. Far from being final, this contribution must help to stimulate future debate in a direction permitting the preparation (...) read more


Media and Internet Governance

Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action For The Advancement Of The Right Of Access To Information
¤ Advancement of the Right of Access to Information ¤ 17 September 2009
125 members from 40 countries, representing governments, civil society organizations, international bodies and financial institutions, among others, gathered in Atlanta, United States, in 2008 February, and adopted the Atlanta Declaration And Plan Of Action For The Advancement Of The Right Of Access To Information The fundamental right of access to information is inherent in all cultures and systems of government. A lack of access to information disproportionately affects the poor, women (...) read more


The Architecture of World Governance

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


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