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The programs you are about to encounter provide transformational information in a readily understandable audio-visual form. They provide about as much data as reading a full-length non-fiction text, but with a dramatically reduced expenditure of time and effort. Brief discrete segments enable teachers or discussion leaders to stop playback and explore audience members’ responses. These videos pack an emotional punch. They do their best to move you to action. Watch any one in full, and your idea of the world’s possibilities will change. Climb aboard to start your voyage toward humanity’s next frontiers.

Global Democracy

Satellite telecommunications and the Internet have ushered in the Planetary Age, but we the people need new institutions at the global level to make our voices count. These programs illustrate numerous structures that will enhance earth management. International civil society can help humanity achieve global self-government. In 1787-1789 our own country remade the ineffective Articles of Confederation into the federal United States of America. Now transforming the United Nations into a democratic federation of nations is necessary for the survival of humanity.

Video: About World Parliament

A world parliament as part of a federation of the earth. "How can we the people better influence global affairs?"  One route to enhance global justice and therefore peace is to enlarge representation for the interests of the mass of humanity.  The democratic deficit in the United Nations has created a gap between the system that we have and the world that most people want.  Visionaries have dreamed of an elected world parliament that expresses the will of the earth’s inhabitants.  An earth federation may indeed be functioning by fifty years from now.  Within that structure, an elected world parliament could be able to enact enforceable world law.  However, to get all the way there from current political realities may take quite a while.

Video: World Parliament Elections

The democratic deficit in the United Nations has created a gap between the system that we have and the world that most people want.  Visionaries have dreamed of an elected World Parliament that expresses the will of the Earth’s inhabitants.  An Earth Federation may indeed be functioning by fifty years from now in 2066.  Within that structure, an elected World Parliament could be able to enact enforceable world law.  However, to get all the way there from current political realities may take quite a while.  At first perhaps the World Parliament could begin as just an advisory body, like the initial European Parliament.  Such a prototype is potentially feasible by 2045.  Progress could happen sooner than we tend to think.

Video: UN Parliamentary Assembly

A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.  One nearer term step in the direction of global self-government is to establish a UN Parliamentary Assembly.  Party groups would initially send delegates from sitting members of national parliaments, as the EU constituted at first the European Parliament. This parliamentary mechanism would provide a way to start toward making global democracy operable. 1464 Members of Parliament from 120 countries endorse the idea, as well as the Pan-African, European, and Latin American Parliaments.  Yet member states’ UN Missions, drawn from their executive branches, currently hold the seats at the world body.  They have thus far preferred to keep their monopoly on power.  So no government appears to have forwarded the UNPA concept at the UN.  The UN Parliamentary Assembly will only become a reality with the support of community groups, elected leaders, and citizens.

Video: Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari Speaks

Security and Justice intersect.  On this fundamental theme, the Washington, D.C. Stimson Center and The Hague Institute for Global Justice teamed up in 2014 to create a major new project.  They gathered a select group of eminent statespersons and public intellectuals to form an experienced Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance. Its June 2015 primary report, Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance, offers a set of global policy and institutional reform recommendations.  The Commission has proposed that Civil Society organizations and UN member-nations collaborate to organize a World Conference on Global Institutions in 2020.  This 75th Anniversary of the UN provides a target date to enact some of the global governance reforms necessary for a secure and just future.

Video: Religious and Spiritual Leaders

On the 28th of August, 2000, the world's preeminent religious and spiritual leaders from around the world assembled in the General Assembly hall for the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders.  They gathered as an interfaith and an interreligious ally to the United Nations on a global level.  If there is to be peace in the world, we have to have a careful collaboration and a fusion of the religious and spiritual with the political.  And the neutral platform for that is the UN.  The document they affirmed is a single page of specific commitments that religious leaders are translating into modes of action by faith communities around the world.

Video: Weighted Voting at the UN

The member states should change the voting arrangement in the UN General Assembly from the present one-vote-per-nation arrangement, regardless of a country's size, to a system of Weighted Voting.  Each nation's vote would count on the basis of three factors: (1) its proportion of the world's population, (2) the portion of the UN budget which it pays, and (3) its being one state out of the total membership of the UN.  This setup would augment the current reliance on multilateral treaties to establish international law.  Resolutions with the support of enough nations, people, and funding would then become customary, normative, though still not enforceable, world laws.

Video: A UN Peacebuilding Package

An embryonic U.N. system exists to prevent and contain armed conflict. It ranges from a civilian non-violent Peace Force, through enhanced diplomatic mediation, to a U.N. Emergency Peace Service. Funding could be through the imposition globally of arms export taxes.


Video: A Just World System

Could you allow yourself to dream of a world system that works for everyone? This video illustrates the principles and prospective institutions that would make global democracy a reality. Activists join to propose realizable ways to meet the needs of all earth’s people.


Videos: Can abolishing nuclear weapons lead to abolishing war?

On January 25, 2014, Tad Daley, WFI Fellow and author of Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World, was an invited speaker in the Soka Gakkai International-USA Culture of Peace Distinguished Speaker Series. His talk was entitled "Can abolishing nuclear weapons lead to abolishing war?" Parts 4 and 5 are available below:

Part 4 explains how a federal union of nations can enable us to eliminate nuclear weapons first and then abolish war:

Part 5 calls for a new ethic of "species-hood" in which we recognize that all humans are "crew-mates on spaceship earth:

Book Resources

Does it frustrate you that the only solution offered for the problems of terrorism and violent conflict seems to be more military action? Are you troubled that no existing global institution focuses on helping to bring an end to serious climate change and the pollution of our world's environment? Are you ready to read about promising alternatives?

Consider reading a few books with friends to better understand the idea of world federation, an ideal supported by Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, Pope John XXIII, and other respected authorities. These leaders felt a commitment to the whole global community. They envisioned a democratic federation of nations that can develop a more workable world. This is similar to the way our founding fathers were able to create a more perfect union, when they federated our states through the constitution of the United States of America. The separate states were willing to cede some powers to a larger entity to gain the benefits of operating together more effectively.

We suggest the following texts for you to read with your book club. Or you can participate in a virtual Citizens for Global Solutions Book Club via Google Hangout. Please click here to record your interest in a virtual book club, and we will connect you with others to help start a long-distance book group.

Suggested Books:

Click on the titles above to access the book reviews.  Below you can find reviews of other books as well:


Book Reviews - Sorted by Review Date

The Idea Of World Government: From Ancient Times To 21st Century

Author:
James A
Yunker
Publisher:
Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group (140 pages)
,
2011
Reviewed By:
Ronald J
Glossop

The Idea of World Government is a book in the "Routledge Global Institutions" series edited by Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson.  Economics professor James Yunker was selected to write this text because of his long-standing interest in the topic and his having already authored several books and articles about it.  In it Yunker provides an excellent overview of the long history of the idea that having one effective government over the whole world community is the way to have a world without war.

One World Renaissance: Holistic Planetary Transformation Through a Global Social Contract

Author:
Glen T.
Martin
Publisher:
The Institute for Economic Democracy, Appomattox VA (436 pgs)
,
2015
Reviewed By:
Ronald J.
Glossop

The "global social contract" mentioned in the title is the EARTH CONSTITUTION which has been developed by the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA).   Glen Martin is Professor of Philosophy at Radford University in Virginia as well as President of WCPA.  Since the EARTH CONSTITUTION is a thoroughly worked out design for a world federation, this academic volume setting forth the case for a world federation should be of great interest to all world federalists.

Building a World Federation: The Key to Resolving Our Global Crises

Author:
Sovaida
Ma'ani Ewing
Publisher:
Center for Peace and Global Governance (CPGG)
,
2015
Reviewed By:
Sovaida
Ma'ani Ewing

This book posits that humanity has been passing through stages of collective growth towards integration and unity and that our current collective crises -- climate change, financial upheavals, proliferation of nuclear weapons, gross human rights atrocities, mismanagement of critical natural resources -- merely manifest our passage through a turbulent and now overly prolonged adolescence.

Confronting War: An Examination of Humanity's Most Pressing Problem

Author:
Ronald J.
Glossop
Publisher:
McFarland & Co Inc (324 pages)
,
2001
Reviewed By:
Benjamin
Urmston, SJ

Clear, compelling, thorough, closely argued, Confronting War can be used as a textbook, a reference book, or a starting point for reflection and discussion on "humanity's most pressing problem."

Planethood: The Key to Your Future

Author:
Keyes, Ken &
Ferencz, Benjamin B.
Publisher:
Love Line Books (240 pages)
,
1991
Reviewed By:
Benjamin
Urmston, SJ

We want our individual responsible freedom and our group security. In a rather brief space, Planethood traces a way to achieve both. If the human family needs a pep talk to take freedom and security seriously, Planethood can serve that purpose in an expeditious way. We need to replace the law of force with the force of law.

Governing the World? Addressing “Problems without Passports”

Author:
Thomas G.
Weiss
Publisher:
Paradigm Publishers
,
2014
Reviewed By:
Ezra
Douglas

Governing the World is an outstanding book written by Thomas G. Weiss that illustrates the growing problems in our world and how we must address them. It discusses the idea of global governance, which Weiss defines as “the sum of the informal and formal ideas, values, rules, norms procedures, practices, policies, and institutions that help all actors…identify, understand, and address transboundary challenges that go beyond the problem-solving capacities of individual states” (pg 4).

Mindsets: The Role of Culture and Perception in International Relations

Author:
Glen
Fisher
Publisher:
Nicolas Brealey America
,
1997
Reviewed By:
Wade
Meyerhoffer

Imagine you’re an American diplomat, and sitting across the table from you are delegates from several Asian countries. Trying your best to be precise and logical, you jump right into your argument in an effort to get these negotiations done as quickly as possible (as your boss instructed). As you are pitching your facts, you notice that the delegates across from you are staring at you intently, and you don’t quite know how to interpret their behavior or body language. Is it going well? Will they see your side of the argument and agree to sign the treaty?

Transforming The United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World

Author:
Joseph E.
Schwartzberg
Publisher:
United Nations University Press (364 pages)
,
2013
Reviewed By:
David C.
Oughton

The United Nations is one of humanity’s greatest achievements.  But because of the way in which the organization was structured after the Second World War, it has often been kept weak and ineffective by many of its member-nations.  Schwartzberg argues this thesis:  “In a vicious cycle, distrust keeps the United Nations weak, and the UN’s weakness in turn perpetuates distrust.  Reforms are sorely needed.” (p.

ConUNdrum: The Limits of the United Nations and the Search for Alternatives

Author:
Brett D.
Schaefer
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield (400 pages)
,
2009
Reviewed By:
Rene
Wadlow

There have always been in the USA conservative and Right Wing critiques of the United Nations and efforts to create a structured world order. At one end of this spectrum of critical commentary, there is the closely-reasoned argument of the German-born political philosophy professor at the University of Chicago Leo Strauss and his friend, the Russian-born Alexandre Kojève, a leading interpreter in France of Hegel with their analysis of the seldom-read dialogue of Xenophon Hiero.[1]  At the other end of the same spectrum, we find those whose battle cry is "Get the U.N.

Modernizing the United Nations System: Civil Society's Role in Moving from International Relations to Global Governance

Author:
John E.
Trent
Publisher:
Barbara Budrich Publishers (285 pages)
,
2007
Reviewed By:
Rene
Wadlow

Professor John Trent of the Department of Political Science, University of Ottawa, Canada sets out clearly the framework of this important study of the possible reforms of the United Nations. "Time and again, our international organizations have proven they cannot reform themselves.  The reasons are manifold.  There is no political will among their members.  Due to built-in interests and habits, transformation of human institutions is always long and arduous.  Nation-states concentrate on their own national interests.