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).
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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.
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:
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GlobalSolutions.org is proud to announce the release of Faithful Against Torture, a collection of essays by people of faith considering torture in the light of the principles, precepts and traditions of their religions.
GlobalSolutions.org supports the establishment and enforcement of universal standards prohibiting torture. We believe that the United States will be more secure in a world in which international treaties and norms prohibit torture and that U.S. service personnel and citizens will be safest when such standards are universally respected.
The world has changed quite a bit since 1947. In his book The Best Laid Plans, Stewart Patrick invites us to think back to that time, to reconsider American global policy in the years following World War II, and to draw lessons for today from that perspective.
This book is a collection of articles by scholar-activists dedicated to making the slogan "Never Again" become a reality rather than just an empty expression of hope. It is about a proposal for a UN Emergency Peace Service (UNEPS), a small specially trained standing international force of 12,000 to 15,000 individually recruited persons that could be quickly deployed in crisis situations to stop genocides and crimes against humanity.
Harold Bidmead is a world federalist who pulls no punches. He is dissatisfied with all existing international organizations, including the U.N. and the European Union. What is needed is a federation, not a confederation of states, and that is true whether the context is a federation for the world or a federation for Europe. "Windbags" are those who don't appreciate the great difference between a union of individuals and a union of states.
Christopher Hamer’s A GLOBAL PARLIAMENT is the outgrowth of his university-level general education course on the topic of world federalism. Hamer is retired professor of physics at the University of New South Wales. Like Albert Einstein, he is convinced that a world with nuclear weapons requires a world federation to survive. In addition to his research work in physics, he is an activist doing what he can to educate and motivate others to understand the principles of world federalism and to act to implement them.
David Christensen writes this book as a follow-up to Senator Paul Simon's 2003 book HEALING AMERICA, something that Paul Simon was not able to do because of his death. As Sheila Simon says in the Foreword, "My father, Paul Simon, had great respect for Dave Christensen. Dad valued Dave's opinions enough to ask Dave for feedback on one of Dad's last books. Dave's book is based in part on Dad's work . . . ."
Democracy is needed at the global level, not just within nations. That is the thesis of this book directed mainly to Western thinkers, especially in the United States. The governance of the world community should be in the hands of all its inhabitants, not just the small proportion found in earlier industrialized, earlier democratized richer countries.
World Federalists who would like to know more about their roots have a new treasure here. The first sentence of this new two-volume work by a professional historian (who knows the movement from within as well as through intensive study) succinctly describes the whole: "This book is a history of the practical, political efforts to establish a constitutionally limited, democratically representative, federal world government in order to effectively abolish war."
This new book is a straightforward let's-look-at-the-arguments appeal to progressive thinkers to accept nothing less than a radically changed international system focused on enforceable global law as the only way to abolish war and militarism as well as really addressing other global problems such as limiting population growth, preventing and halting the spread of global epidemics, preserving the environment, dealing with the problem of poverty, and limiing the activities of global corporations.
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