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Binding Chaos
¤ Heather Marsh ¤ 10 November 2015
The world is long overdue for a completely new system of governance. Every political system we have tried has proven incapable of protecting human rights and dignity. Every political system we have tried has devolved into oligarchy. To effect the change we require immediately, to give individuals control and responsibility, to bring regional systems under regional governance, allow global collaboration and protect the heritage of future generations, we need a new political model. (...) read more

Reclaiming the ASEAN Community for the People
¤ ASEAN Civil Society Conference, ASEAN People’s Forum ¤ 21 April 2015
On the occasion of the forthcoming 26th ASEAN summit to be held in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi, Malaysia, on April 24-28, 2015, we are publishing here the ASEAN Civil Society Conference and ASEAN People’s Forum statement, adopted previously as a result of a regional consultation. "We, the civil society of Southeast Asia, guided by the principles of human rights, democracy, good governance, rule of law, non-discrimination, substantive equality, progressiveness and non-retrogression, remain (...) read more

New Rules for New Radicals ? *
¤ Mandela World Liberation Front (MWLF) ¤ 27 March 2015
Traductions: Français, Español “We are a movement of liberation” We are moving, marching towards our liberation. The liberation of everyone and each of us, the liberation of the entire humanity. We seek to liberate ourselves from the madness of the powerful who make us crazy mad! Mad from misery and mad from inequality, mad from exhaustion and disease, mad from our land and our planet, seized away from us and soon inhabitable, mad from competition, mad from resentment, hatred and (...) read more

How to break out the system trap. A model to support conversations for a more strategic activism.
¤ Micha Narberhaus ¤ 29 June 2014
The purpose of this paper is to learn about and improve our system change (Great Transition) strategies to overcome our inequitable growth-obsessed global economic system as well as the globally spreading culture of consumerism and marketisation of nearly every sphere of life. read more

Letter to our readers and to the Mandela World Liberation Front
¤ FnWG Team ¤ 27 January 2014
Dear Friends of the FnWG, Much to our surprise, just as we were devoting our newsletter to the inspiring figure of Nelson Mandela (see “Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century”), the Mandela World Liberation Front, unknown to us, asked us to publish their “MWLF: Statement No. 1” and to put it to discussion on our Forum. We liked the text for its vitality, for its ethical positioning, for its announced intention to be part of a broad movement of debate and action, and (...) read more

Statement No. 1
¤ Mandela World Liberation Front (MWLF) ¤ 27 January 2014
Translations: Français, Español, 中文 Read also: Position of the FnWG Team Qunu, in the night of December 15 to 16, 2013 Mandela is dead! Long live Mandela! Death did not surprise him; he knew that his cry for peace and justice had been heard. Death will not stop him because other hands and other faces have always taken up his weapons and his words. Mandela embodied our struggle; he will continue to embody it! Dead or alive! We are the world. We are the people We are a (...) read more

Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
¤ Germà Pelayo ¤ 8 January 2014
Nelson Mandela’s passing has triggered, in the past few weeks, tributes to the man and reflections on his action. The man’s outstanding character made of his action much more than just a struggle for a people’s emancipation. How can we build a fair and free society in the twenty-first century based on the teachings offered by Mandela in the twentieth century? What geographic scope, what objectives, what strategies and actions would we draw up and what obstacles would we find along the way? (...) read more

Second Meeting of the China, Europe, and South America Dialog Group: Civil Societies Moving Forward for Change
¤ 5 July 2013
Dialog and coordination among the different actors around the planet are crucial for building democratic global governance. Despite the fact that for the moment there is more collaboration among grassroots, professional, trade, and cultural organizations from different parts of the globe, these do not always have as goal or intention to raise a common voice to fill the political vacuum left by globalization. The Tripartite Civil Society Organization (CSO) China, Europe, and South America (...) read more

For a Democratic Cosmopolitarian Movement
¤ Jean Rossiaud ¤ 14 March 2013
The world ecological crisis and the inability of the international system of states to respond to it demonstrate that the human condition is now universal; more so than ever before. It is driving humanity (“the human race” or “humankind”) to think of itself today as a world community, to form itself into a world society and, like a world nation, to defend its survival and its future collectively. Humanity is however struggling to see itself as a world community. Consciousness of sharing a (...) read more

Can Democracy Survive Interdependence?
¤ Benjamin R. Barber ¤ 9 January 2013
Democracy today is challenged, radically, deeply, fatefully. Born and cultivated in the ancient world as the face-to-face participatory township, and successfully re-imagined in the early modern world as the representative nation-state, it must now adapt to a global, networked, interdependent world. Or likely perish. To survive actually, it must find ways to establish itself virtually. To preserve its local vitality, it must achieve a global compass. Democracy has always been plural, a (...) read more

Capitalism Has Failed: 5 Bold Ways to Build a New World
¤ Sara Robinson ¤ 31 December 2012
The problem, in a nutshell, is this: The old economic model has utterly failed us. It has destroyed our communities, our democracy, our economic security, and the planet we live on. The old industrial-age systems—state communism, fascism, free-market capitalism—have all let us down hard, and growing numbers of us understand that going back there isn’t an option. But we also know that transitioning to some kind of a new economy—and, probably, a new governing model to match—will be a (...) read more

Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World
¤ Heidi Moksnes, Mia Melin ¤ 18 September 2012
What is global civil society? And what is the meaning of global civil society? A few years ago, there was a debate on whether a global civil society existed or not. Today, few people doubt the existence of a global political space, and research on “global civil society” has emerged as a sub-field of study in the broader context of globalisation theory and research. Over the past decades, civil society has been considered increasingly important to socio-economic development and in political (...) read more

Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
¤ Paul Raskin ¤ 28 January 2012
How can we change the world? Those concerned about the dangerous drift of global development are asking this question with increasing urgency. Dominant institutions have proved too timorous or too venal for meeting the environmental and social challenges of our time. Instead, an adequate response requires us to imagine the awakening of a new social actor: a coordinated global citizens movement (GCM) struggling on all fronts toward a just and sustainable planetary civilization. Existing (...) read more

When Dreams Come True
¤ Jee, Latino d’Arabia, Martin Luther King Jr., Traversées ¤ 24 November 2010
From speeches delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. The 28th of August of 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. And the 3rd of April of 1968 at Mason Temple, Memphis, Tennesee. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African American civil-rights movement. He is best-known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent (...) read more

Allende Hoy (English version)
¤ Artistas del recital 100 años de Salvador Allende, Salvador Allende (1908-1973) ¤ 23 September 2009
Allende Hoy - English Salvador Allende’s speech shortly before the coup d’état on September 11, 1973 in Chile, set to music and images by the artists of the “Salvador Allende’s 100 years” recital. A moment of emotion and food for thought on a key event in world governance … read more

Contesting Global Governance. Multilateral Economic Institutions and Global Social Movements
¤ Anne Marie Goetz, Jan Aart Scholte, Marc Williams, Robert O’Brien ¤ 15 March 2009
This study focuses on the relationship between multi-lateral economic institutions (MEIs) and global social movements (GSMs) as one aspect of a much wider global politics and governance structure. Where possible, other actors and their relationship to the objects of this study, has been also considered. Since the early 1980s there has been a gradual change in the functioning of key MEIs. Although the extent of this change has varied across institutions, the pattern of increasing (...) read more

Non-state Actors and World Governance
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 2 June 2008
Non-state actors have always played an essential role in global regulation, but their role will grow considerably in this, the beginning of the twenty-first century. Non-state actors play a key role in world governance in different domains. For a better understanding and development of the role of non-state actors, this role should be studied in conjunction with the general principles of governance. A- Non-state actors have always played an essential role in global regulation, (...) read more

Alterglobalization, a Long-term Process Leading to Alternatives
¤ Francisco Whitaker Ferreira, Gustave Massiah, Jean-Marie Harribey, Susan George ¤ 14 April 2008
In this analysis of the alterglobalization movement, the authors underscore, on the one hand, the victories of this movement, barely 10 years old, and on the other hand the obstacles it still needs to overcome against those who own the capital and destroy human beings and the planet a little more each day. This editorial was published in the daily L’Humanité on January 21, 2007. Ten years after the emergence of the alterglobalization movement, how far have we gotten? We can claim two (...) read more

Do Space and Action Have to Be Contradictory? Toward an Inclusive WSF Strategy
¤ Vinod Raina ¤ 22 February 2008
Is the WSF still the most appropriate vehicle for the new stage in the struggle of the global justice and peace movement? Or, having fulfilled its historic function of aggregating and linking the diverse counter-movements spawned by global capitalism, is it time for the WSF to fold up its tent and give way to new modes of global organization of resistance and transformation? The major problem in the present strategic debate regarding the future of WSF is that those who feel that it has (...) read more

Can Civil Society Influence G8 Accountability?
¤ Peter I. Hajnal ¤ October 2007
This study outlines the mandate and activities of the Group of Eight (G8), examines for what and to whom the G8 is accountable, reviews the range and types of civil society groups interacting with the G8, and discusses how and to what extent this engagement has promoted or failed to promote G8 accountability through various actions: policy studies, evaluation and monitoring of commitments; petitions, lobbying, mobilisation and media campaigns; demonstrations and protests; dialogue; (...) read more

On the Road to a Citizens Assembly
¤ Gustavo Marin ¤ May 2007
Interview by the NGO Traversées of Gustavo Marín, program officer at the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind and member of the World Social Forum International Council. Taped in April 2007 at the preliminary South Cone Citizens Assembly in Antofagasta, Chile, the interview covers the beginnings, the nature, and the future of the different international civil-society deliberative processes. Gustavo Marín tells of the birth and the encouraging, albeit uneven (...) read more

Civil Society’s Impact on the Multilateral Sphere: Lessons Learned and Future Directions
¤ Montréal International Forum ¤ 13 March 2007
This is a report of Forum International de Montréal’s (FIM) Annual Forum "Civil Society’s Impact on the Multilateral Sphere: Lessons Learned and Future Directions", held in March, 2007 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Forum objectives were to: define the challenges and opportunities facing future Civil Society Organization/Non Governmental Organization (CSO/NGO) relations with multilateral bodies and systems; identify the present and emerging governance issues and priorities arising from these (...) read more

Civil Society and the Legitimation of Global Governance
¤ Jan Aart Scholte ¤ March 2007
Along with the general intensification of the globalization of social relations in contemporary history, has come an unprecedented expansion of regulatory apparatuses covering planetary jurisdictions and constituencies. On the whole, however, this global governance remains weak relative to the pressing current needs for global public policy. Shortfalls in moral standing, legal foundations, material delivery, democratic credentials, and charismatic leadership have together generated large (...) read more

Final Declaration of the Sixth World Parliamentary Forum - Caracas 2006
¤ World Parliamentary Forum ¤ January 2006
The Sixth World Parliamentary Forum met in the city of Caracas within the framework of the Sixth World Social Forum from January 24 to 29 2006 and was attended by parliamentarians representing the five continents. This declaration results from the Forum at the end of the sessions of 26 and 27 January 2006. Claimed to be in keeping with the World Social Forum Charter of Principles and with the commitments adopted in the forums of previous years in the firm belief that "another world is (...) read more

People-centered Global Governance: Making It Happen!
¤ John Bunzl ¤ July 2005
As global problems such as global warming, global poverty, pollution, terrorism, and runaway corporate power increasingly outstrip the capacity of national and international governance institutions to solve them, the issue of global governance is rapidly moving up in the international political agenda. In this book, Bunzl draws on the work of a number of leading evolutionary thinkers to show that both the process of globalization itself and the evolution of a binding system of global (...) read more

Global Democracy: Civil Society Visions and Strategies (G05) Conference Report
¤ Montréal International Forum ¤ 1 June 2005
Close to 400 participants from 45 countries gathered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from May 29 to June 1, 2005 for the Global Democracy: Civil Society Visions and Strategies (G05) Conference. Participants from civil society organizations—together with representatives of governments, private entities, and intergovernmental organizations— shared civil society perspectives on the key issues that determine the state of global democracy. They discussed how to democratize the international system of (...) read more


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