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. The world is for the public good, such is the Great Way. Confucius Henceforth, our country should be the universe. Flora Tristan *

Theme: Non-state actors

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Media and Internet Governance

World Charter of Free Media
¤ World Forum of Free Media ¤ 15 April 2015
We, communicators and activists committed to multiple emancipatory communication practices across different regions of the world, freely assembled in March 2015 in Tunis, on the occasion of the 4th World Forum on Free Media, organized in the framework of the World Social Forum 2015, Adopt this World Charter of Free Media, as the result of our collective reflection initiated in 2013, and as an expression of our resistance, and our commitment to just and emancipatory communication, and our (...) 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


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

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

Rio+20: Failed Diplomacy, Feeble Democracy
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 18 July 2012
The Rio de Janeiro experience has left us with a planet-sized headache. It brought together tens of thousands of people and almost a hundred heads of state to adopt a 50-page, take-it-or-leave-it declaration that repeats commitments made long ago and not kept, taking care to include all the buzz words of a liturgy now emptied of all meaning: the role of women and civil society, rights, the importance of democracy and popular participation, not to mention indigenous people, some of whom were (...) read more

Proposals for a Fair and Democratic Architecture of Power
¤ Arnaud Blin, Cândido Grzybowski, Gustavo Marin, Jorge Romano, Ricardo Jiménez ¤ 24 December 2011
Building new governance is not only an institutional or theoretical question confined to the political or sociological spheres. All governance proposals and plans depend on the action and mobilization of a huge majority of people, actors, movements and populations. This is a critical issue. And ideas and proposals play a crucial role in such action and mobilization. This is why we need to remodel governance architecture by incorporating it into the perspective of biocivilization for the (...) read more

Rethinking and Changing World Governance
¤ Gustavo Marin ¤ 30 September 2011
See also: The Workshop Video on the Workshop September 3, 2011 following on from the Biocivilization for the Sustainability of Life and the Planet Rio de Janeiro, 10-12 August 2011* Contents Rethinking and changing world governance Actors: their relations, their contradictions 1. Transnational corporations (TNCs) 2. The state →dialectic between society and the state → role of the UN → China 3. People, communities, civil society, and a new relationship with nature 4. Local (...) 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

The Challenge of Environmental Governance
¤ Germà Pelayo ¤ 3 December 2009
The United Nations Climate Summit (Copenhagen, December 7-18, 2009) is our last chance to obtain an indispensable agreement to renew and deepen the Kyoto Protocol, which runs to 2012 and has turned out to be insufficient to deal with the disastrous evolution of climate change, with environmental deterioration now worse, in some cases, than the most ominous forecasts. In the lead-up the summit, the heads of the main industrial powers, including for the first time China, have entered into a (...) read more

Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth
¤ Germà Pelayo ¤ 24 September 2008
This file contains a series of discussions and proposals formulated in recent years around the environmental dimension of world governance. They have been categorized according to the following themes: reconstruction of the environmental balance; energy management, mineral and ocean resources; farming, food security, and sovereignty; sustainable development; and the relationship between humankind and the biosphere. The crisis brought about by the accelerated pace and the probable (...) read more


Rebuilding the Environmental Balance

For Climate Justice and a World Fit to Be Lived in
¤ Grupo Perú COP 20 ¤ 9 April 2014
In a spirit of solidarity, we call on all civil-society organizations, networks, social movements, research centers, and citizens in general to join in the Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change to be held from December 9 to 12, 2014. The Peoples’ Summit will be a major alternative event during the 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20) scheduled for the first half of December in Lima, Peru. The agreements that will be adopted at both (...) read more

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

Greenhouse-gas Emissions and Global Mitigation Efforts
¤ World Team E. Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance ¤ 12 July 2007
Climate change is a significant global challenge and has been linked directly to excessive greenhouse emissions. The effect is gradual changes in temperature, precipitation, and a rise in sea levels resulting in changes in the frequency, intensity, and duration of extreme events. Climate change will impact different regions based on their sensitivity and adaptive capacity and therefore their vulnerability. Many efforts for facing the climate change are being made through government (...) 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

The Democratic Legitimacy of Public-Private Rule Making: What Can We Learn from the World Comission of Dams?
¤ Klaus Dingwerth ¤ November 2005
This article attempts to provide answers to one specific and one general question: How should we evaluate the performance of the World Commission of Dams in terms of its democratic legitimacy? And what does the evaluation of the commission’s performance tell us about the legitimacy of global rule making in more general terms? Based on these questions, the article comes to two main conclusions. First, the democratic legitimacy of the World Commission of Dams’ standard-setting process can be (...) 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

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

Can Democracy Survive Interdependence?
¤ Benjamin R. Barber ¤ 9 January 2013
Democracy today is challenged, radically, deeply, fatefully. Born and cultivated in the ancient world as the face-to-face participatory township, and successfully re-imagined in the early modern world as the representative nation-state, it must now adapt to a global, networked, interdependent world. Or likely perish. To survive actually, it must find ways to establish itself virtually. To preserve its local vitality, it must achieve a global compass. Democracy has always been plural, a (...) read more

Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World
¤ Heidi Moksnes, Mia Melin ¤ 18 September 2012
What is global civil society? And what is the meaning of global civil society? A few years ago, there was a debate on whether a global civil society existed or not. Today, few people doubt the existence of a global political space, and research on “global civil society” has emerged as a sub-field of study in the broader context of globalisation theory and research. Over the past decades, civil society has been considered increasingly important to socio-economic development and in political (...) 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

Can Civil Society Influence G8 Accountability?
¤ Peter I. Hajnal ¤ October 2007
This study outlines the mandate and activities of the Group of Eight (G8), examines for what and to whom the G8 is accountable, reviews the range and types of civil society groups interacting with the G8, and discusses how and to what extent this engagement has promoted or failed to promote G8 accountability through various actions: policy studies, evaluation and monitoring of commitments; petitions, lobbying, mobilisation and media campaigns; demonstrations and protests; dialogue; (...) 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’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

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

Final Declaration of the Sixth World Parliamentary Forum - Caracas 2006
¤ World Parliamentary Forum ¤ January 2006
The Sixth World Parliamentary Forum met in the city of Caracas within the framework of the Sixth World Social Forum from January 24 to 29 2006 and was attended by parliamentarians representing the five continents. This declaration results from the Forum at the end of the sessions of 26 and 27 January 2006. Claimed to be in keeping with the World Social Forum Charter of Principles and with the commitments adopted in the forums of previous years in the firm belief that "another world is (...) read more

People-centered Global Governance: Making It Happen!
¤ John Bunzl ¤ July 2005
As global problems such as global warming, global poverty, pollution, terrorism, and runaway corporate power increasingly outstrip the capacity of national and international governance institutions to solve them, the issue of global governance is rapidly moving up in the international political agenda. In this book, Bunzl draws on the work of a number of leading evolutionary thinkers to show that both the process of globalization itself and the evolution of a binding system of global (...) read more

Global Democracy: Civil Society Visions and Strategies (G05) Conference Report
¤ Montréal International Forum ¤ 1 June 2005
Close to 400 participants from 45 countries gathered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from May 29 to June 1, 2005 for the Global Democracy: Civil Society Visions and Strategies (G05) Conference. Participants from civil society organizations—together with representatives of governments, private entities, and intergovernmental organizations— shared civil society perspectives on the key issues that determine the state of global democracy. They discussed how to democratize the international system of (...) 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

Conceptualising Global Democracy
¤ Building Global Democracy Programme ¤ 7 December 2011
Discussing the meanings of global democracy should itself be a globally democratic process. Such a debate would include contributions from different world regions, different cultures, different walks of life, different ages, classes, genders and races. Many diverse people have something to say on the subject. Yet actual literature on global democracy has so far tended to have a much narrower base. Predominantly the ideas have come from the North Atlantic area, from Judeo-Christian western (...) 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


Document Database

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

After Rio+20: What New World Governance Does the World Need?
¤ Gustavo Marin ¤ 16 August 2012
There has already been a good deal of post-Rio+20 articles. A large majority of them have expressed discontentment, disappointment, the evidence of failure foretold, the inadequacy of the governments’ final declaration, etc. Some of these articles, digging deeper, have not stopped at establishing that the governments were not able to reach an agreement equal to the challenges of the major global problems and have gone on to mention that the Conference of the United Nations exposed a crisis (...) 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

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

World Governance. A Personal European View
¤ Michel Rocard ¤ 2 April 2008
There is no such thing as a formalized, official European view on the problems of global governance. But there is very likely a European cultural bias in the way most European citizens feel about this problem, and in the way the European nations have behaved collectively on these issues. The main European consensus turns around the fact that our planet is presently suffering from many threats. 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

Organizing Globally
¤ Stuart Howard ¤ August 2006
The theme of the 41st International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) Congress held in Durban, South Africa in 2006, August, has been Organizing Globally: Fighting for Our Rights. "Is this just a catchy slogan?" asks Stuart Howard, "or does it represent an agenda to build a powerful global unionism?" As globalisation touches more workplaces in more countries, it is no longer possible to have an effective union organizing strategy in most industries without a global dimension. However, (...) read more


Concepts

Environmental Governance
¤ Wikipedia ¤ 3 January 2011
(Also available at wikicoredem) Environmental governance is a concept in political ecology or environmental policy related to defining the elements needed to achieve sustainability. All human activities—political, social and economic—should be understood and managed as subsets of the environment and ecosystems. Governance includes not only government, but also business and civil society, and emphasizes whole system management. To capture this diverse range of dynamic forces, Environmental governance often necessitates founding alternative systems of governing, for example watershed based (...) read more

Global Governance
¤ Wikipedia ¤ 5 August 2009
(Also available at wikicoredem) Global governance is the political interaction of transnational actors aimed at solving problems that affect more than one state or region when there is no power of enforcing compliance. The question of world governance arises in the context of what is known as globalization. In response to the acceleration of interdependences on a worldwide scale, both between human societies and between humankind and the biosphere, world governance designates regulations intended for the global (...) 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

What Europe does the world need?
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 6 June 2010
We often find ourselves asking the question: what Europe do we want? The time may have come to look at the question the other way round, and ask ourselves: what Europe does the world need? Does the world even need Europe? It would be fair to say that today’s mood is one of disillusionment, and that the prospects for the European Union do not look very heartening. For its founding fathers, building the European Union was a major feat. They saw the Union as the means to move beyond the (...) read more

Citizen participation in the process of state reform
¤ Iniciativa Ciudadana para la Cultura del Diálogo ¤ 14 April 2008
Democracy in Mexico, while making some significant progress, has not managed to demonstrate clearly its ability to govern, provide efficient responses to social demands and process institutionally the different conflicts inherent to any plural and diverse society. The evidence of the exhaustion of this governability model based on an authoritarian presidential system is increasing. Given this reality, the organisations of the Public Observatory Council for State Reform aim to promote a (...) 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

FASE’s Commitment to a Sustainable and Democratic Amazonia
¤ FASE ¤ 4 May 2007
This text systematizes the FASE experience while operating in Amazonia and aims to contribute to the debate and to the diagnosis, views, and collective proposals of sustainable and democratic alternatives for the region, together with FASE’s partners. The purpose of this document is to analyze the future of Amazonia as a national and international challenge, the political debate over the destiny of this Region and the big issues and arguments facing its development. It introduces also the (...) read more


The Architecture of World Governance

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

Dialogs on Party Systems and Global Democratization
¤ Katarina Sehm-Patomäki, Marko Ulvila ¤ February 2006
Within the framework of the NIGD project on global political parties and in order to facilitate the inclusion of voices outside the world of writing, the NIGD organized four dialogs encouraging discussions on political parties, democracy, and globalization. This Working Paper includes complete reports on the four dialogs, presentations of the Party Internationals, and selected background documents. In September 2005, the Network Institute for Global Democratization (NIGD) launched the (...) read more

The UN Reform and the Alterglobalization Movement
¤ Gustave Massiah ¤ 28 February 2005
The United Nations are at a crossroads. They have not really proven to be unworthy, they simply have not been at all convincing. Their reform is a critical issue, with several possible responses. For some, the United Nations should become the political system of neoliberal globalization. For the author, the issue is rather to define and to implement radical reform of the institution. The starting hypothesis is that the alterglobalization movement is the driving agent for broader alliances (...) read more

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


Sustainable Development and the Humanity-Biosphere Relationship

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

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


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


Trade, Money, and Finances

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


Agriculture, and Food Security and Sovereingty

Declaration of Nyéléni
¤ Forum for Food Sovereignty ¤ February 2007
Nyéléni was the inspiration for the name of the Forum for Food Sovereignty in Sélingué, Mali. Nyéléni was a legendary Malian peasant woman who farmed and fed her people well - she embodied food sovereignty through hard work, innovation, and caring for her people. The participants are and represent peasant farmers, herders, fishworkers, indigenous peoples, migrant workers, women, and young people, who gathered at Nyéléni 2007. They are food providers who are ready, able, and willing to feed all the (...) read more


Economic Governance and Globalization

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

A World Alliance against Social Apartheid
¤ Gustavo Marin ¤ 6 March 1995
This text summarizes the conclusions from four "continental forums" held in February 1995: in Beijing for Asia, Rio de Janeiro for America, Paris for Europe, and Cape Town for Africa. These simultaneous forums, which preceded the Copenhagen Social World Summit, brought together the citizens of more than 60 countries and are the image of a world citizenship in formation, rooted in specific local realities and ready to take up contemporary challenges on a worldwide scale at one and the same (...) 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


Conflict Resolution and Sustainable Peace Building

Israel / Palestine: The New Peace Movement
¤ Yahia Said ¤ September 2003
An Israeli-Palestinian peace movement, new in kind, is emerging around the platform of two states and the rights of Israelis and Palestinians to live in dignity and security. Courageous individuals are trying to break the cycle of fear, humiliation, and incitement and are reaching out to partners on the other side. They are intent on filling the leadership vacuum left by the politicians. Their aim is to wrest the political agenda from the extremists and empower the majorities in both (...) read more


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