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<p>Henceforth, our country should be the universe. Flora Tristan</p> <p>True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.</p> <p>The world is for the public good, such is the Great Way. Confucius</p> <p>Whenever you are in doubt, recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man. Gandhi</p> *

Juin 2013

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For a Democratic Cosmopolitarian Movement

The world ecological crisis and the inability of the international system of states to respond to it demonstrate that the human condition is now, more than ever, universal. It is driving humankind to think of itself today as a world community, to defend its survival and its future. Humanity is nonetheless still struggling to see itself as a world community, and consciousness of sharing a common destiny on a global level has yet to be widespread. Notwithstanding, effective world governance is now indispensable for the survival of humanity on earth, not to mention humankind’s aspirations for liberty. How can world governance be put into effect? This is the issue of the century. The author raises questions that should contribute to a new paradigm of thought, which in turn should lead to a new paradigm of action.

(This article is also available in Chinese.)


We hate to say this, but despite outstanding figures worldwide, sweeping regional and global grassroots movements, sincere attempts by our conventional international institutions, convincing local experimentation with new social and economic models, and far-reaching innovative thinking in favor of our common interest, the odds we are facing are terrifying, and on the ground the present is dismal, with every kind of war being waged by the powerful few on the rest of us. Here at the FnWG, we are looking to the future, the immediate and the not-too-distant future. A new world governance is imperative to save our species. Its forms have been largely and diversely explored, as reflected in the very rich content of our Web site. But how do we get there? The paths are many. In this issue, we are drawing your attention to three Proposal Papers you may have missed and are still critically current. We also need new concepts, like “cosmopolitarian.” We need to form as many alliances as possible, such as with the European Union when it’s thinking “inclusive” and “sustainable.” We each need to act, do anything within our scope, so we are suggesting that you take part in the UN My World survey. Together, we forge on. Enjoy!

FnWG Team

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Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future

Looking to the future, the European Report on Development 2013 attempts to identify key drivers of a global partnership for development post-2015. Three are highlighted: money (development finance); goods (trade and investment); and people (labor migration, which could play a key role in reducing poverty and fostering development). From a different angle, the Network of Spiritual Progressives offers the vision of a Global Marshall Plan, an idea also developed by J.A.Yunker in Swords into Ploughshares. Without world governance, however...

Proposal Paper
Bringing the Violence of War under Control in a Globalized World

In the (little) time we still have left to find new solutions to the current crises collectively, if we cannot curb and prevent the wars that are rocking strategic areas of the planet, we run the risk of being caught up in an even bloodier spiral of violence than that which ended in the mass exterminations of last century’s world wars and genocides. We can assert that new world governance without control over the violence of war will not be achievable, or would be under constant threat. French General (retired) Jean-René Bachelet develops here a radical and innovative conception of controlling violence and invites us to take an in-depth look at the human condition. He also gives us an understanding of the ethical and political issues involved.

Illustration: René Magritte, Memory, 1942, © Photothèque R. Magritte, ADAGP, Paris 2009
Proposal Paper
Ressentiment and World Governance

It is no easy thing to refer to ressentiment (not "resentment"). Broaching the question of ressentiment is complicated, since it often gives rise to misunderstandings and stirs up confused and contradictory feelings. In this seminar we decided to tackle the issue of ressentiment by broaching frequently avoided questions on relations between a country and its people. The focus of conflict management is almost always on territorial negotiations, diplomatic agreements, or customs issues, neglecting one of the fundamental issues underlying the conflict: ressentiment. This Proposal Paper is the outcome of a seminar held on the subject in Chile in 2008. Its conclusions are still completely relevant.

Proposal Paper
Rethinking and Changing World Governance

To rethink the existing architecture of world governance and propose alternatives for a new world governance, we need to identify the actors and spaces that are already at work in this domain. All political spaces, both existing spaces and to those that need to be created, where power, participation, and representation are at play are necessarily characterized by struggle and tense relations. The new political architecture is being built simultaneously on two main levels: locally (including states, however diverse they may be); and globally (the inter-state context but also, and especially, the new transnational and global spaces). Between the local and global levels lies the regional level, which is gradually taking shape. What are the alternatives for building a new governance architecture? How do we create them?

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News from our Allies
Be part of this global survey!

The United Nations and partners want to hear from YOU! MY World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. Results were first submitted to the Secretary General´s High Level Panel for Post-2015 and fed into their final May 2013 report and recommendations for a new development framework. MY World will continue gathering people´s voices up to 2015 and results will be shared with the Secretary General and global leaders as they prepare the next development agenda in the run up to 2015.
Say what world you want, because your voice matters. Mark a difference.
(The very busy should know that this survey only takes a few tiny minutes to complete.)

World Governance Index
Syria, Lebanon

The Forum for a new World Governance launched the World Governance Index (WGI) project in 2008. The idea was to develop a “tool” that would allow the players in charge of governance to visualize the emerging issues and problems and help them reflect on the necessary solutions.
In this issue of the FnWG newsletter, we are offering the 2011 WGIs for Syria and Lebanon as compared to their 2008 WGIs. These indexes were calculated just before the outbreak of the internal armed conflict in Syria, which as we publish this issue, has already taken more than 25,000 lives, civilians in the vast majority, and seems to have no resolution in sight. Regarding Lebanon, bordering with Syria and having a long history of tensions with its neighbor, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees informs that the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon in June 2013 amounted to at least 511,000 people—in distress, and very often injured or mutilated—with more than 10,000 additional persons arriving per week, while the country is regularly undergoing Syrian air raids within its borders.
The WGI figures and indicators below show what the conditions of governance were in Syria and Lebanon before this conflict, conditions that deteriorated in both countries between 2008 and 2011, which demonstrates, if proof were still needed, the close connection between poor governance conditions and (absence of) peace and security.

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The IGM map and indicators are also available in Chinese.

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