Whenever you are in doubt, recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man. Gandhi An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo . . . for with freedom come responsibilities. Nelson Mandela Henceforth, our country should be the universe. Flora Tristan *

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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


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


Citizens’ Reappropriation of Politics

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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


Document Database

Towards a World Citizens Movement
¤ Citizens’ Empowerment for Global Justice (DEEEP), CIVICUS, CONCORD, Global Call to Action Against Poverty ¤ 14 November 2013
Who are we? As citizens, global and local, and participants of the ‘Building a Global Citizens Movement Johannesburg Conference 2013’, we acknowledge our responsibility for the planet and for humanity and we take responsibility for our individual and collective actions. Collectively, we acknowledge that to reach a just and sustainable world which does not maintain the systems of global oppression, but act to create the change we want to see in the world. We have the power and capacity to (...) 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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth

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

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

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


Managing Sea, Soil, and Energy Resources

Governance for Sustainability
¤ Klaus Bosselmann, Prue Taylor, Ron Engel ¤ 16 January 2012
Relating the concept of governance to the concept of sustainability requires no less than reformulating the basics of democracy. It is clear that the past 20 years of neo-liberal economic globalization have eroded both the common good and democracy. Reclaiming lost ground, therefore, is paramount for disempowered communities and disenfranchised citizens. But this in itself will not be enough. The real issue is whether the common good, that is the sustainability of life, can be pursued (...) read more

Low-carbon Economy and Sustainable Development
¤ German Advisory Council on Global Change - Wissenchaftlicher Beirat des Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen (WBGU), The German Development Institute - Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) ¤ 12 April 2011
The German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU) will present its latest flagship report, “World in Transition: A Social Contract for a Great Transformation”, to Annette Schavan, Federal Minister of Education and Research, and Federal Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen today. In this report, the WBGU explains the reasons for the urgent need for a ‚post fossil-nuclear metabolism‘. It also concludes that the transition to sustainability is achievable, and presents ten concrete packages of (...) read more


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


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


Managing Territories, Cities, and the Rural World

Rural Areas and World Governance
¤ Matthieu Calame ¤ 15 November 2010
Rural areas include managed forested areas, farming areas, and settled areas. These areas offer a huge diversity of situations, from prosperous zones to those in decline, from sparsely populated areas, possibly on the point of being abandoned, to zones of high population density that are very active, with a network of towns and trade activities. These areas share a common set of challenges that they all have to face: – using farming, forestry and freshwater fish-farming to manage (...) read more


The New Roles of States and Territorial Scales

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


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