True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr. Henceforth, our country should be the universe. Flora Tristan Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder. Paul Valéry Whenever you are in doubt, recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man. Gandhi *

Theme: World-governance building strategies

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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

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

"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

Proposals for a New World Governance
¤ FnWG Team ¤ 16 July 2011
Working Paper for the International Workshop Biocivilization for the Sustainability of Life and the Planet in the run-up to the Rio+20 Conference Rio de Janeiro, 9 to 12 August 2011 Which architecture of power is needed, from the local to global level? How should we organize? How can we organize in a fair and sustainable manner? How can we govern effectively? These deceptively simple questions have been troubling philosophers, jurists and theologians since the dawn of time. These (...) 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


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

New Rules for New Radicals ? *
¤ Mandela World Liberation Front (MWLF) ¤ 27 March 2015
Traductions: Français, Español “We are a movement of liberation” We are moving, marching towards our liberation. The liberation of everyone and each of us, the liberation of the entire humanity. We seek to liberate ourselves from the madness of the powerful who make us crazy mad! Mad from misery and mad from inequality, mad from exhaustion and disease, mad from our land and our planet, seized away from us and soon inhabitable, mad from competition, mad from resentment, hatred and despair. (...) read more

How to break out the system trap. A model to support conversations for a more strategic activism.
¤ Micha Narberhaus ¤ 29 June 2014
The purpose of this paper is to learn about and improve our system change (Great Transition) strategies to overcome our inequitable growth-obsessed global economic system as well as the globally spreading culture of consumerism and marketisation of nearly every sphere of life. 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
Translations: Français, Español, 中文 Read also: Position of the FnWG Team Qunu, in the night of December 15 to 16, 2013 Mandela is dead! Long live Mandela! Death did not surprise him; he knew that his cry for peace and justice had been heard. Death will not stop him because other hands and other faces have always taken up his weapons and his words. Mandela embodied our struggle; he will continue to embody it! Dead or alive! We are the world. We are the people We are a people. We are (...) read more

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

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

Capitalism Has Failed: 5 Bold Ways to Build a New World
¤ Sara Robinson ¤ 31 December 2012
The problem, in a nutshell, is this: The old economic model has utterly failed us. It has destroyed our communities, our democracy, our economic security, and the planet we live on. The old industrial-age systems—state communism, fascism, free-market capitalism—have all let us down hard, and growing numbers of us understand that going back there isn’t an option. But we also know that transitioning to some kind of a new economy—and, probably, a new governing model to match—will be a (...) read more

Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
¤ Paul Raskin ¤ 28 January 2012
How can we change the world? Those concerned about the dangerous drift of global development are asking this question with increasing urgency. Dominant institutions have proved too timorous or too venal for meeting the environmental and social challenges of our time. Instead, an adequate response requires us to imagine the awakening of a new social actor: a coordinated global citizens movement (GCM) struggling on all fronts toward a just and sustainable planetary civilization. Existing (...) read more

Contesting Global Governance. Multilateral Economic Institutions and Global Social Movements
¤ Anne Marie Goetz, Jan Aart Scholte, Marc Williams, Robert O’Brien ¤ 15 March 2009
This study focuses on the relationship between multi-lateral economic institutions (MEIs) and global social movements (GSMs) as one aspect of a much wider global politics and governance structure. Where possible, other actors and their relationship to the objects of this study, has been also considered. Since the early 1980s there has been a gradual change in the functioning of key MEIs. Although the extent of this change has varied across institutions, the pattern of increasing engagement (...) 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

Alterglobalization, a Long-term Process Leading to Alternatives
¤ Francisco Whitaker Ferreira, Gustave Massiah, Jean-Marie Harribey, Susan George ¤ 14 April 2008
In this analysis of the alterglobalization movement, the authors underscore, on the one hand, the victories of this movement, barely 10 years old, and on the other hand the obstacles it still needs to overcome against those who own the capital and destroy human beings and the planet a little more each day. This editorial was published in the daily L’Humanité on January 21, 2007. Ten years after the emergence of the alterglobalization movement, how far have we gotten? We can claim two (...) 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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

First Proposals for Building a New World-governance Architecture
¤ FnWG Team ¤ 25 June 2009
Although there have been a few attempts at building a new world governance, the latter has remained largely embryonic. It is nonetheless possible, in the vast open space of world governance, to move forward in great strides, even with limited means, precisely because there is plenty of space. Advancing proposals is a risky, but indispensable enterprise. The Proposal Papers that have so far been contributed to the Forum for a new World Governance are there as a way of daring to consider the (...) read more

Inventing a New World Governance Now
¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin ¤ 22 January 2009
After 2008, which revealed the huge financial imbalances connected to globalization, 2009 raised the curtain on the geopolitical instability characteristic of the contemporary world. The year 2008 came to a wretched end with the twofold Madoff-Bush debacle ensuing from the arrogance, incompetence, and blindness of the money mongers and politicians of the past 10 years. Already, 2009 has brought forth a conflict from another age, throwing us 60 years back with an umpteenth setback that, in a mere few weeks, has swept up thousand of victims, mostly civilians, in its (...) read more


Legal Principles of a New World Governance

Global Governance and the Achievement of a Universal Civil Society
¤ Arnaud Blin ¤ 26 March 2014
I SUPPOSE men to have reached the point at which the obstacles in the way of their preservation in the state of nature show their power of resistance to be greater than the resources at the disposal of each individual for his maintenance in that state. That primitive condition can then subsist no longer; and the human race would perish unless it changed its manner of existence… But, as men cannot engender new forces, but only unite and direct existing ones, they have no other means of (...) 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


Political and Institutional Governance

Assemblies emerging in Turkey: a lesson in democracy
¤ Jerome Roos ¤ 1 December 2013
Something quite amazing happened in Turkey during the months of May to September 2013. In addition to the silent “standing man” actions around the country, people’s assemblies emerged in different neighborhoods across the city. As in Spain, Greece and the Occupy encampments before, the protesters in Turkey counter-posed their own form of direct democracy to the shame of a democracy proposed by Erdogan’s authoritarian neoliberal state. If there was ever any doubt, this shows how deeply (...) 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


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

Videos of the Governance and Ressentiment Seminar
¤ FnWG Team, Traversées ¤ 23 September 2009
The "Governance and Ressentiment" seminar was held in Iquique, Chile, on December 5 and 6, 2008. It brought together various actors and intellectuals of the South Cone to work on the theme of ressentiment, which is rooted in the reality of the region and is also relevant globally. It was organized by CORAYUN and by the FnWG in the framework of a process leading to a South Cone Citizen Assembly. Speeches and interviews are in Spanish and in French only. The meeting (Spanish & French, (...) read more


Economic Governance and Globalization

Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 13 May 2011
The concept of leverage points is very well adapted for a coalition wanting to act in favor of the great transition. We need to identify some concrete issues which we think should have a strong leverage effect as it would imply changes in the whole system. And looking at what is the systemic change about, it would not be a surprise that these leverage points relate either to concepts or to actors or to the very tools which are used in present economy. Here are seven proposed leverage (...) read more

Final Declaration "Linking Alternatives 2"
¤ Linking Alternatives ¤ 13 May 2006
Men and women involved in social and political movements and organisations in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe met in Vienna from 10-13 May 2006 to express their opposition and resistance to the neoliberal free trade policies that governments in both regions are implementing in their countries, and which they propose as a framework for a new Association Agreement. They reject efforts by the EU to create a Free Trade Area for the entire Latin American region by 2010, as well as the (...) read more

Winnowing Wheat from Chaff
¤ Robin Hahnel ¤ 26 March 2006
In this article, Hahnel analyzes the historical reasons of the successes and fails of both democratic and libertarian Socialisms along the XX century, as well as the role played of the new social movement activism, as a current successor of the later one. Then, the author establishes some clues or advices related to several current progressive actors like the different economic, social, community and human rights issues, proposals, related movements, unions, and others. Hahnel maintains a (...) 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

Globalization, Post-materialism and Threefolding
¤ Nicanor Perlas ¤ 26 September 2002
The author defines threefolding as a holistic approach to world governance, reflecting the different kinds of interaction between the three realms of society and the key institutions representing them (corporations, state, and civil society). The different stages of threefolding are established on the basis of the actors’ different stances and mutual interactions, categorized according to their visions of the world as "Jihad" (religious fundamentalists), "McWorld" (materialistic neoliberals) (...) read more

Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead
¤ Tariq Banuri, Gilberto Gallopín, Pablo Gutman, Al Hammond, Robert Kates, Rob Swart, Paul Raskin ¤ August 2002
This path-breaking book presents a fresh vision for a sustainable world. It describes the historic roots, current dynamics, future perils, and alternative pathways for world development. It advances one of these paths, Great Transition, as the preferred route, identifying strategies, agents of change, and values for a new global agenda. The planetary phase of history has begun, its ultimate shape profoundly uncertain. Will global development veer toward a world of impoverished people, (...) 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

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


The Architecture of World Governance

Moving Toward a New World Governance
¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin, Michel Rocard ¤ 6 July 2010
We are incontestably in a period in which we have broken away from a now vanished former order—insofar as “order” can apply to the Cold War—a period in which the world is seeking a new architecture of the world governance, seeking, in short, a governance yet to be found, that will be capable of apprehending the moment’s problems, anticipating tomorrow’s crises, and writing day-after-tomorrow’s history. In other words, seeking a governance system adapted to a henceforth globalized world, a “world (...) read more

The UN and World Governance
¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin ¤ 8 January 2009
Ever since it was established in the wake of World War II, the UN has asserted itself as one of the pillars of postwar world governance. It could even be said that at the institutional level, the United Nations constitutes the pillar of world governance: no other international organization comes anywhere near it in terms of size, legitimacy, and ambitions. Today, more than 60 years after it was set up, now that the long Cold War period is starting to become a distant memory and there is (...) read more

Rethinking Global Governance
¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin ¤ 2 January 2008
After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, there are some who believe that the future of architecture of global politics will require setting up a global-governance system. The global-governance issue is characterized by the shift from a scenario where the power of the states is regulated to avoid disequilibrium and maintain the status quo, to one where international law and the role of international institutions need to be redefined in terms of their real arbitration potential in the (...) read more


Managing Territories, Cities, and the Rural World

Videos on the Seminar "What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?"
¤ FnWG Team, iBase, Traversées ¤ 20 May 2010
On May 8-9, 2008, the Seminar “What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?” was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was organized by IBASE and the FnWG and attracted some 30 actors from different fields around the region to discuss the question of governance in Amazonia. The Amazon basin is the object of a constant struggle: on the one hand, there is a desire to exploit its natural resources and on the other, the need to preserve its biological and human diversity. Above all else, it (...) 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


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


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