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Dictionary of World Power
¤ FnWG Team ¤ 27 September 2013
Since the end of the last century, the world has been facing a set of challenges that the existing institutions are unable to address and solve. This is a fact that has been confirmed over the last thirty years through a succession of all kinds of crises. Citizens have found that the beautiful ideal of freedom preached by free-market sycophants is just a facade set up to conceal the altar of greed. The Forum for a new World Governance explores these changes in this extensive work, only (...) 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

The Commons and World Governance
¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin ¤ 2 August 2012
It is only by moving from the idea of individual protection to the idea of protection of all that we can start to envisage the possibility of a global social contract. In other words, it is our global freedom, that is, our freedom to enjoy, thus to protect, what is common to all of us as a world community that will entice us to, and determine our will to extract ourselves from what is essentially becoming a global war on our planet, on our “commons,” and on ourselves. But what does this (...) read more

Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 11 March 2012
The following text is a summary of a number of proposals. It addresses only proposals for paradigm shifts, and not for the numerous improvements that could be made to the existing systems. A/ What is at stake for territories 1. The territory, a hub of relations and flows in a globalized system. Territories are objectively called to play a decisive role in designing and conducting the necessary transition. Whatever the subject, we discover that a city and a region are the best scale at (...) read more

Proposals for a Fair and Democratic Architecture of Power
¤ Arnaud Blin, Cândido Grzybowski, Gustavo Marin, Jorge Romano, Ricardo Jiménez ¤ 24 December 2011
Building new governance is not only an institutional or theoretical question confined to the political or sociological spheres. All governance proposals and plans depend on the action and mobilization of a huge majority of people, actors, movements and populations. This is a critical issue. And ideas and proposals play a crucial role in such action and mobilization. This is why we need to remodel governance architecture by incorporating it into the perspective of biocivilization for the (...) read more

Foundations for Biocivilization
¤ Cândido Grzybowski ¤ 24 December 2011
Contribution to the Peoples Summit for Social and Environmental Justice in defense of the commons (Rio+20) Rio de Janeiro, June 15-23, 2012 The crisis that we are immersed in, at the beginning of this 21st century, is a historical experience of everyday life, one that is more lived and felt than thought about. To set off a reflection about it is to follow an uncertain path, a path that is still to be laid, but which, nonetheless, points out as an urgent and necessary task. The diagnoses (...) read more

Proposals for a Fair and Sustainable Economy
¤ Cândido Grzybowski, Germà Pelayo , Gustavo Marin, Jorge Romano, Matthieu Calame, Paul Raskin ¤ 23 December 2011
Contribution to the Peoples Summit for Social and Environmental Justice in defense of the commons (Rio+20) Rio de Janeiro, June 15-23, 2012 The seriousness of the current environmental crisis is an expression of a deeper-reaching crisis, a crisis of civilization afflicting modern capitalism, characterized by the predominance of the unregulated market, financial speculation, frenzied consumerism, the constant quest for growth, economic injustice and widespread poverty. The current and (...) read more

Regulating Transnational Companies: 46 Proposals
¤ William Bourdon, Yann Queinnec ¤ 20 December 2011
This Proposal Paper hopes to provide an explanation of the constraints and a series of proposals for a system for the regulation of transnational companies (TNCs). This requires us to first set out the fundamental obstacles that make the question of regulating the activities of TNCs so problematic. The crisis in the financial system that has hit economies worldwide has demonstrated the importance of regulating for-profit private and public transnational actors. The difficulties states have (...) read more

Rethinking and Changing World Governance
¤ Gustavo Marin ¤ 30 September 2011
See also: The Workshop Video on the Workshop September 3, 2011 following on from the Biocivilization for the Sustainability of Life and the Planet Rio de Janeiro, 10-12 August 2011* Contents Rethinking and changing world governance Actors: their relations, their contradictions 1. Transnational corporations (TNCs) 2. The state →dialectic between society and the state → role of the UN → China 3. People, communities, civil society, and a new relationship with nature 4. Local (...) read more

World Governance Index (WGI)
¤ FnWG Team, Renaud François ¤ 8 September 2011
Both a photograph and a means to induce action/reaction, the WGI has a twofold dimension. An analytical dimension—it tries to provide as true a reflection as possible of the state of world governance—and an operational dimension—it must enable players to act or to react in the direction of a more efficient, more democratic world governance more in phase with the environment. The index was designed mainly to offer political decision makers, whatever their level (national, regional or (...) read more

Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 13 May 2011
The concept of leverage points is very well adapted for a coalition wanting to act in favor of the great transition. We need to identify some concrete issues which we think should have a strong leverage effect as it would imply changes in the whole system. And looking at what is the systemic change about, it would not be a surprise that these leverage points relate either to concepts or to actors or to the very tools which are used in present economy. Here are seven proposed leverage (...) read more

Extreme Poverty and World Governance
¤ Hugues de Courtivron, Thierry Viard, Xavier Godinot ¤ 2 May 2011
The proposals outlined in this Paper have twin aims. On the one hand, to place the eradication of extreme poverty at the heart of the political goals pursued by a renewed world governance. On the other hand, to recognize the participation of the poorest members of humanity in elaborating new principles or shaping future world governance as an essential condition in the success of the enterprise. The Paper is based primarily on Xavier Godinot’s observations and proposals in his book (...) read more

Rural Areas and World Governance
¤ Matthieu Calame ¤ 15 November 2010
Rural areas include managed forested areas, farming areas, and settled areas. These areas offer a huge diversity of situations, from prosperous zones to those in decline, from sparsely populated areas, possibly on the point of being abandoned, to zones of high population density that are very active, with a network of towns and trade activities. These areas share a common set of challenges that they all have to face: – using farming, forestry and freshwater fish-farming to manage (...) read more

World Governance of Civilian and Military Nuclear Energy
¤ François Géré ¤ 7 March 2010
Hell for humanity, bringer of peace and prosperity are the two sides of the nuclear coin. Managing them requires wisdom and foresight within a framework of good governance. Which begs the question: What is “good world governance of nuclear energy”? It simply means developing the nuclear-power industry in a way that ensures that the international community as a whole, and each individual member, live in peace and prosperity on our planet. This process implies taking into account the (...) read more

Ressentiment* and World Governance
¤ FnWG Team ¤ 10 December 2009
It is no easy thing to refer to ressentiment without touching on the composite aspects the term conjures up. Broaching the question of ressentiment is complicated, since it often gives rise to misunderstandings and stirs up confused and contradictory feelings. In this Seminar we decided to tackle the issue of ressentiment by broaching frequently avoided questions concerning relations between a country and its people. The focus of conflict management is almost always on territorial (...) read more

The Challenge of Environmental Governance
¤ Germà Pelayo ¤ 3 December 2009
The United Nations Climate Summit (Copenhagen, December 7-18, 2009) is our last chance to obtain an indispensable agreement to renew and deepen the Kyoto Protocol, which runs to 2012 and has turned out to be insufficient to deal with the disastrous evolution of climate change, with environmental deterioration now worse, in some cases, than the most ominous forecasts. In the lead-up the summit, the heads of the main industrial powers, including for the first time China, have entered into a (...) read more

Youth and World Governance
¤ John Anugraha ¤ 2 November 2009
Albert Einstein was only 25 years old when he wrote his famous theory of relativity. Gandhi was about 25 years old when he helped to found the Natal Indian Congress, which molded the Indian community of South Africa into a homogeneous political force before he moved on to fight for the freedom of India. Che Guevara was about 28 years old when he joined Fidel Castro’s revolutionary movement for the freedom of Cuba. Nelson Mandela was about 30 years old when as a leader he was spearheading the (...) read more

What South Africa Does the World Need?
¤ Paul Graham ¤ 21 October 2009
The intention of this paper is to stimulate a conversation about the existing opportunities to change the world and the extent to which South Africa can and should contribute towards that. It celebrates the human effort to achieve liberty, equality and fraternity and the ways in which these elude us even as they invigorate, as Wordsworth recognized after the French revolution. It is however not the story of the ways in which the world is changing, of the signs and portents that arise from (...) read more

Governance of the World Banana Trade
¤ Iain Farquhar ¤ 16 October 2009
With liberalisation of the global banana market and more intense price competition, it has become increasingly difficult for small producers to survive, while large intensive operations which can keep costs down by paying particularly poor wages and disregarding environmental controls tend to be favoured. Consequently, if the aim of governance should be to manage the planet sustainably, then current patterns of governance are clearly failing. This paper will concentrate on those producers, (...) read more

Bringing the Violence of War under Control in a Globalized World
¤ Jean-René Bachelet ¤ 30 September 2009
The most serious of all the dangers facing humanity at the outset of the 21st century is undoubtedly that which threatens its very survival. Since the end of the 20th century, we have entered into a transitional phase, with one crisis succeeding and overlapping the next: the financial crisis and accompanying economic crisis, affecting entire swathes of the banking and industrial systems and once again raising the specter of mass unemployment for those economies most tied into global (...) read more

WGI: World Governance Index (2009 Report)
¤ Renaud François ¤ 21 May 2009
You can see here the 2011 Report: * The main article (English) (Français) (Español) (中文) * The WGI document (English) (Français) * The WGI Map (English) (Français) (Español) (中文) Developing a new world governance constitutes one of the major challenges of our times, perhaps the most important of all. With this in view, the Forum for a new World Governance launched a number of research projects intended to draw up a roadmap and a set a framework for our work. World governance, though touching (...) read more

The UN and World Governance
¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin ¤ 8 January 2009
Ever since it was established in the wake of World War II, the UN has asserted itself as one of the pillars of postwar world governance. It could even be said that at the institutional level, the United Nations constitutes the pillar of world governance: no other international organization comes anywhere near it in terms of size, legitimacy, and ambitions. Today, more than 60 years after it was set up, now that the long Cold War period is starting to become a distant memory and there is (...) read more

What Amazonia Does the World Need?
¤ FnWG Team, iBase ¤ 29 December 2008
Amazonia concentrates the essential contradictions of our era: our planet’s lung is being devastated by rampant deforestation, predatory mining, and chaotic urbanization. Its peoples may have been able to preserve the potential of their surrounding biodiversity, but Amazonia suffers from “bad” governance: it is deprived of a collective and rational management of its resources. Worse, it is an arena of recurrent Human Rights violations, with as primary victims its poorest, most humble (...) read more

Upcoming Proposal Papers

World Governance and Water
Larbi Bouguerra
Former Director of the National Institute of Tunisia for Scientific and Technical Research. Associate Professor at Senghor International University, Alexandria (Egypt). Consultant for the World Health Organization and UNESCO, as well as for the United Nations on drought-related issues.
The WTO and World Governance: Between Financial Crisis
Joseph Rocher
Director of RONGEAD (International Trade and Sustainable Development), Lyon, France. Consultant for the European Union: conducts training sessions on negotiations of accession to the WTO, and for the implementation of a commercial policy oriented toward reducing poverty.
Fishing, Fish Workers, and World Governance
Pedro Avendaño
Coordinator of the World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers. Vice-Dean of the Universidad del Mar, Viña del Mar, Chile.
Law, World Governance, and Transnational Corporations
William Bourdon
Paris-based attorney and founding president of Association Sherpa, French nongovernmental organization of lawyers whose goal is to substantiate the concept of the social and environmental responsibility of transnational corporations.
Yann Queinnec
Association Sherpa. Committed since 2005 to the search for legal tools for the prevention and reparation of violations of human and environmental rights perpetrated by transnational corporations
Food and Energy Crisis: The Role of Agrofuels
Romain Peyrache
Agrofuel specialist at RONGEAD, Brazil.
World Governance of Food Systems
Pierre Vuarin
Program Director at the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation.
World Governance of Medicine: From Humanitarian Aid to Economic Emancipation
Blandine Alcoy
Project Director, RONGEAD
Joseph Rocher
Director of RONGEAD (International Trade and Sustainable Development), Lyon, France. Consultant for the European Union: conducts training sessions on negotiations of accession to the WTO, and for the implementation of a commercial policy oriented toward reducing poverty.
Solidarity Economy as an Essential Pillar of World Governance
Ben Quiñones
Chairman of Coalition of Socially Responsible Small & Medium Enterprises in Asia, Inc. Philippines. Coordinator of the Asian Alliance for Solidarity Economy.
 
What Col0mbia Does the World Need?
Richard Pétris
Director, École de la Paix, Grenoble, France.
Lebanon, the Middle East, and Global Governance
Ziad Majed
Coordinator, Forum for Dialog and Development, Lebanon.
The Internet, Citizens, and Governance
Antonio Martins
Director, Internet edition of Le Monde Diplomatique, Brazil. Member of the World Social Forum founding committee, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
What Palestine Does the World Need?
Majed Bamya
Former President, the General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS France). Member of the Palestine General Delegation for the European Union, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Proposal Paper written jointly with the French NGO Platform for Palestine.
Religions, Spiritualities, Post-secularism, and the Challenge of Good Governance
Siddhartha
President of Pipal Tree, founder of Fireflies Intercultural Centre, Bangalore.
What China Does the World Need?
翁永曦 Weng Yongxi
原中共中央农村政策研究室副主任,现为企业家,兼任农村发展研究专项基金管理委员会副主任委员,北京大学国际关系学院客座研究员。
陈越光 Chen Yueguang
Vice President, China Youth Development Foundation. Former Director & Editor-in-Chief, China Science & Technology magazine. Proposal Paper written jointly with Chen Lichuan, columnist for the journal Cross-cultural Dialogue, and Director of the Culturemedia Association, France.
Migrants: New Actors for a New World Governance
Ricardo Jiménez
Chilean sociologist and researcher (graduated from the University of Chile). Specializing in migration, interculturality and Latin American thought. Coordinator of the South American Integration Department. Coorganizer of the Citizens’ Assembly of the Southern Cone.

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