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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
Dear Global Co-operators and Commoners, In a speech on Sept. 19, 2012, President Correa of Ecuador appealed to the young people of his country to fight for and realize a vision of “good living” based on a commons-based and open knowledge society. The FLOK Society project (Free/Libre Open Knowledge) has been created to propose a transition plan and a policy framework to achieve this unique vision. In accordance with [Ecuador’s National Planhttp://buenvivir.gob.ec/versiones-plan-nacional], (...) 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

The Commons, the State and Transformative Politics
¤ Hilary Wainwright ¤ December 2007
Hilary Wainwright examines how new technology and new forms of organization are coming together to transform the left and labor movements, political representation and democracy. Among those taking part in the resistance to the G8 in Rostok actions there were a group of around thirty activist intellectuals from Europe, Latin America and North America who met in the fourth seminar of the ‘Networked Politics’ series, an international inquiry into ’rethinking political organisation in an era (...) 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


Document Database

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

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


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


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


Nature of Work and Globalization of Social Rights

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


Governance of Scientific and Technological Innovations

Community-Engaged Research: a step forward
¤ Josep Lobera ¤ 14 March 2009
In the last years, we are witnessing a strong emergence of diverse Community-Engaged Research programmes. Community-based research seeks to democratize knowledge creation by validating multiple sources of knowledge. An agreement to create a Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research was released at the end of the Community-University Exposition 2008. Public engagement was a strong feature of the different science fields from their birth. Scientists today contribute to public (...) read more


Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth

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


The Architecture of World Governance

The Future of Global Governance
¤ Joseph E. Stiglitz ¤ 23 September 2004
The problems with global governance—and the consequences of these problems— today are becoming better understood. The closer integration of the countries of the world— globalization—has given risen to a greater need for collective action. Unfortunately, economic globalization has outpaced political globalization. We are just beginning to develop an international rule of law, and much of the ‘law’ that has developed—for instance the WTO rules governing international trade—are grossly unfair; they (...) read more


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