United Nations Day: 24 October
United Nations Day is right around the corner. 24 October marks the day that the United Nations (UN) charter was ratified, and it is a reminder to the world of the UN’s mission and the work that has been achieved; it is also a day to reflect upon how the United Nations can be altered. Many meetings and discussions will be taking place around the world to highlight the UN’s achievements. However, it is important to note its flaws. Some would argue that the UN should stay how it currently is, while others would raise a hand for change. If change is needed, then what change?
Global Week of Action for a World Parliament: 19-27 October
Citizens for Global Solutions, along with Democracy without Borders, One World, World Parliament Now, Democracia Global and the UNPA Campaign are hosting the Global Week of Action for a World Parliament. This Week of Action starts 19 October and ends 27 October. This week is centered around the United Nations Day, because these organizations are calling for a change. A change that takes Europe’s continental parliament a step further. A change that involves all the citizens of the world.
Citizens of the World Unite
This change is a world parliament, elected by the world’s citizens. These organizations believe that representation should be given to all citizens. For in a democracy, citizens elect representatives at multiple levels. It is argued that:
‘A world parliament would be an instrument to find and implement solutions that are democratic, accountable and serve the best interest of humanity. It would reflect the social, political, religious, ethnical, and cultural variety of all the world’s citizens, transcending national boundaries’ (http://www.worldparliamentnow.org/).
What Can You Do?
Summarized, these organizations believe that there must be global solutions to global problems, and that a world parliament is the best way to go about this. If you are of a similar mind, then get involved! Individuals, organizations and groups are being called upon to mobilize in support of a world parliament in this Week of Action.
Here are three ways you, a global citizen, can act locally while thinking globally:
Pictures: Take a picture of yourself or a group of people holding a paper or banner with the Week of Action’s slogan “World Parliament Now!” and share it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.. Especially cool are pictures taken in front of well-known landmarks but one in your kitchen would do just as well. Here are examples. Include the Week of Action’s hashtag #worldparliament in any of your posts.
Sign appeal: To show your support for a pragmatic step towards a world parliament, sign the international appeal for a UN Parliamentary Assembly and ask others to do so as well.
Join CGS for a phone call on Saturday Oct 12 at 1:15 ET/ 12:15 CT/ 11:15 MT/ or 10:15 PT. This will be the last 15 minutes of a 90 minute bookclub call. We will have a brief discussion about the idea of world parliament and take a snapshot of our Zoom screen to share on social media. Here is the zoom link to connect. https://zoom.us/j/221299230
Check out http://www.worldparliamentnow.org/howtoparticipate/ for other ideas.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how you decide to participate and share any photo or report. We will compile the results and post them in a blog on our website and share on social media.