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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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.
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.
George Monbiot admits that as of 2003 he and the Global Justice Movement to which he belongs and to whom this book is addressed have misdiagnosed the cause of the current global sickness and consequently have offered the wrong prescriptions (p. 2). The problem which needs to be confronted, he says, is not economic globalization but the lack of democratic political globalization.
Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institute, provides us an excellent overview of human political history enriched by personal experiences and comments, all organized to show how humanity is slowly but surely creating ever larger political units to the point where now the next step is a creation of a global nation, a politically unified community that encompasses the whole Earth. Talbott gave us his general viewpoint in his 1992 article in TIME when he said, "I'll bet that within the next hundred years . . .
This book is a must-read book for everyone interested in the idea of world government. Professor Yunker is very supportive of the idea that the global community needs a world government and very critical of what he calls "the dysfunctional myth" (p. 201) that "global governance" or "global civil society" can adequately deal with global problems.
Apocalypse Never is a masterful combination of fact-filled cogent argumentation on the urgent need for and the available means to get a world free of nuclear weapons with a passionate presentation of the reality that the fate of humanity requires that this absolutely essential task be undertaken now. Daley’s great writing style filled with memorable quotations makes for captivating reading about this serious subject.
WAR: THE LETHAL CUSTOM
by Gwynne Dyer [New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2005]
(Book review by Ronald J. Glossop--July 9, 2011)
War: The Lethal Custom is a revised version of Dyer’s 1985 classic War which was written in conjunction with the similarly named popular public television series shown at the height of the nuclear arms race between the Soviet Union and the United States.
The Uniting of Nations argues for the need for a governed world community and uses the European Union as a model for how that can be accomplished. One must start with small steps and proceed gradually in such a way that national governments will want to join to gain something specific for themselves. The European Union would be the nucleus and other countries could join this global political union separately, but they would then be required to work together to form their own regional organizations. Thus eventually there would be a world fe
“This book shows the deep connections between our collapsing global ecosystem and our current world system of militarized nation-states and globalized corporate capitalism.” (p.
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