Political and Institutional Governance
Statement No. 1
From the Forum for a new World Governance (FnWG) to the World Democratic Forum (WDF)
Non-state Actors and World Governance
The IMF, the World Bank, and Respect of Human Rights
Proposals for a Fair and Democratic Architecture of Power
The Challenge of Environmental Governance
Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development
After Copenhagen, Some Light on the Horizon
Henceforth, the Keys to the Future are Responsibility, Solidarity, and Courage
The Democratic Legitimacy of Public-Private Rule Making: What Can We Learn from the World Comission of Dams?
After Rio+20: What New World Governance Does the World Need?
First Proposals for Building a New World-governance Architecture
What South Africa Does the World Need?
Dictionary of World Power
Decent Work as a Goal for the Global Economy
Earth System Governance - The Challenge for Social Science
The Cosmopolitan State
Theories of Global Governance
The Future of Democratic Sovereignty and Transnational Law
Barack Obama - Yes we can
Migrants spearhead an unprecedented political-cultural battle: to open new routes to the world
Ressentiment* and the new world governance: a general analysis
Rethinking and Changing World Governance
Low-carbon Economy and Sustainable Development
Videos of the Governance and Ressentiment Seminar
An Open Letter to the Commoners and Co-operators of the World
Towards a World Citizens Movement
Rio + ???
For Climate Justice and a World Fit to Be Lived in
A Proposal for Governance in the Post 2011 World
Can Democracy Survive Interdependence?
Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
Foundations for Biocivilization
"Biocivilization" for the Sustainability of Life and of the Planet. Video on the Workshop
Proposal Papers for the Rio+20 Peoples Summit
Dialog of Chinese, European, and South American Civil Societies at Rio+20
Discussing the meanings of global democracy should itself be a globally democratic process. Such a debate would include contributions from different world regions, different cultures, different walks of life, different ages, classes, genders and races. Many diverse people have something to say on the subject.
Yet actual literature on global democracy has so far tended to have a much narrower base. Predominantly the ideas have come from the North Atlantic area, from Judeo-Christian western modernity, from middle-class academe, and from older white men. This is not to say that existing ideas about global democracy are uninteresting or unimportant. They often are. But the debate has so far drawn from quite restricted circles of global humanity.
To broaden discussions of the nature and purpose of global democracy, the Building Global Democracy programme has developed a Conceptualising Global Democracy project. This initiative has involved contributors from ten world regions in equal measure. It has brought together views from Amazonian, Confucian, Hindu, Islamic, Melanesian and Western traditions. The discussion has included a wide range of activists, officials and politicians as well as academics. The participation has also been gender balanced and has spanned ages from 20s to 80s.
What do ideas of global democracy look like when they reflect this diversity of the global condition? The Conceptualising Global Democracy project has asked writers from ten world regions to set out their ideas of what democracy could mean when applied to global affairs. Here you can read short summaries of their views and get a taste of the rich insights that are available from a more fully global perspective on global democracy.