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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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.
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Blogs & Updates

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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
Jake and Gram in front of the triceratops at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
By Donna Park | August 17, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
Letters to Jake Series, Letter #8 Dear Jake, I am writing this letter in the car as Papa and I drive home after a visit with you and the twins. I liked going to the Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC as well as going to the county fair in the countryside near your home. At the museum I especially enjoyed seeing the dinosaurs and other animals that are now extinct. My favorite parts of the fair were riding on the [...] Read More
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