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.

Latest Campaigns

Women and children are often the earliest victims of mass atrocities. Support a code of conduct limiting use of the veto against early intervention in these situations.
Do your neighbors have a say in climate legislation, income inequality, or the prevention of war?
If you feel that our current political system is inadequate to deal with growing global challenges, you are not alone!
A UN Rapid Deployment Force will allow the United Nations to protect civilians and undertake humanitarian missions more quickly, saving more lives.


Blogs & Updates

By Rene Wadlow | September 23, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
There is currently an active discussion among UN delegations in New York concerning how the next UN Secretary-General will be appointed in 2016. The discussions are likely to heat up as many heads of government come to New York in late September for a special summit to adopt the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. As chair of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Iran is likely to play a leadership role in the selection [...] Read More
Icons depicting the eight Millenium Development Goals
By Michael Curtin | September 16, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
In the last few weeks, the world’s attention has been riveted on the crises in China and the upheaval in the emerging markets. We have all felt the consequences of the global economic turmoil. The moral of this story: What happens abroad has significant ramifications here at home. It would behoove the American public to take note of this fact. This story is no different than the one that will soon play out at the United [...] Read More
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By Joseph Schwartzberg | August 26, 2015 - 2:00pm EDT
The United Nations suffers from a severe democratic deficit. Despite the opening words of its Charter, "We the peoples," ordinary people--the  citizens of planet Earth and the proper holders of sovereignty--are subsequently ignored in that document. To this day, 70 years after the UN's founding, people other than politicians and  diplomats have been denied a voice in planetary governance. Realpolitik, old-fashioned [...] Read More