Global Democracy & Governance

How might the people of our world work with one another to govern ourselves more effectively on a global level? Are there alternatives to current practices that result in war, extreme poverty, and the unchecked power and influence of wealthy transnational corporations?

We envision and advocate for enhanced global governance, including stages toward an eventual united federation of nations. Certain institutional innovations inside and outside the United Nations could in the meantime help avert armed conflict, finance environmental restoration, and empower civil society’s voice in global decision-making.

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Blogs & Updates

By Tad Daley | July 31, 2015 - 1:13pm EDT
The new report from the Commission on Global Security, Justice, and Governance, co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, suggests that the 75th anniversary year in 2020 might be the moment to reinvent the United Nations. What kind of United Nations would we invent if we were designing it from scratch today? The UN Charter was signed by President Harry S. Truman and other world leaders in San [...] Read More
A civilian jumps over a burning barricade of rocks erected by Burundi residents to protect themselves from police
By Rene Wadlow | July 31, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
The violent presidential election in Burundi highlights the need for UN election-monitoring services. On the eve of the July 21 presidential election, Taye-Brook Zerihoun, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs warned that, The grave danger the country faces should not be underestimated, given the increasing polarization and the apparent choice of Burundian leaders to put personal interest before those of [...] Read More
By Jennifer Welden | July 20, 2015 - 4:00pm EDT
Having just crossed the border from Italy to France, my train stops at the next station for longer than the usual five-minute interval. Police board the train; I take out my passport, which has become habit at this point. The woman sitting next to me, a French native who has lived in Italy in for the last 20 years, leans over. “They are checking for illegal migrants,” she says. “Sometimes they hide in the bathrooms.” [...] Read More