2012, which has certainly sparked many an imagination and been the subject of many a prediction, is now knocking at the door! Beyond speculations on the Mayan calendar, it is indeed a year of numerous political transitions: major elections are set to take place in no less than 17 countries on every continent, including Oceania, and even at the UN, which is to renew the Security Council! As for the FnWG team, it is focusing its efforts on the Peoples Summit at Rio+20, which will convene in June. The spotlight here is on the results of a long participatory process ending in the formulation of three Proposal Papers that will be debated in Porto Alegre in January and presented in Rio in June (see story on the left). We are submitting them not only for your reading pleasure and interest, but for you to send us your contributions to enhance them. We are also offering the indignados and the 99% movements proposals for regulating transnational companies, the critical responsibility of which in the current global crises can no longer be contested. Our end-of-year gift to you is the World Governance Index (WGI) 2011, which follows up on the WGI 2008 and has since been fine tuned. And our deeply felt New Year’s wishes to you in the words of Confucius. May 2012 be a moment of collective forces joining for the future of life on the planet!