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<p>. . . for with freedom  come responsibilities. Nelson Mandela</p> <p>The world is for the public good, such is the Great Way. Confucius</p> <p>An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo</p> <p>Do what is right.  Rosa Parks</p> *

December 2012

Here is the latest information from the Forum for a new World Governance

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Retrieving and Valuing Other Ethical Pillars: The Concept of Buen Vivir

The ancient cultures of the different peoples of Asia, Oceania, Africa, and Latin America challenge, in practice and in theory, the conceptions of the allegedly linear historical development of humankind that is characteristic of Western modernity.
Humankind is well aware, for example, of the crucial objective fact that what is left of the major reservoirs of biodiversity on the planet have been conserved by several of these peoples called “barbarians” and “uncivilized,” despite and against the “civilized” scientific progress of the modern West, which would most certainly have exterminated those reserves of life if it had been able to get hold of them.
Generating the conditions to retrieve in a useful way the cultural legacies of the peoples of the world is a theoretical task of prime significance, for we are aware that these new or renewed ethical approaches are to be necessarily incorporated into the transition process begun in the late twentieth century.


It’s December 21, 2012, and we’re still here. In fact, a Guatemalan farmer recently explained that today’s Mayans do not see the calendar as the end of the world, but as the beginning of a new cycle. The human species will be part of it if it goes in the direction of conserving, not destroying, the resources it needs simply to live. This new cycle will have to be underpinned by the active valuing of ethical principles shared by all peoples, and this is a cross-cutting theme in this December issue. It is no coincidence that the thinking on new world governance always includes the question of ethical foundations: justice, fairness, democracy, inclusion of all, conservation of the biosphere, etc.
“Global civil society” will be a major actor in promoting these values, and we recommend the very detailed report of a conference held on this theme last spring.
Focus, too, on the “territory” as anchor point for developing governance models that factor in local or regional diversity to manage the territorial scale today … and the global one tomorrow? Our ally, the Institute for Research and Debate on Governance, offers a current example of a regional institution interacting with its corresponding national institutions.
Finally, we are showing you the World Governance Indexes of Norway (ranked first worldwide) and Somalia (ranked last): a chilling contrast with a subtle revelation.
And a Happy New Cycle to all!

FnWG Team

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Legal Principles of a New World Governance
Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights (UDEHR) is a programmatic instrument of international civil society aimed at state actors and other institutional forums for the crystallization of human rights in the new millennium. The Declaration’s point of departure is the idea that civil society plays a fundamental role in facing the social, political, and technological challenges that contemporary global society presents. For this reason it is provided with the UDEHR, an additional instrument to facilitate the knowledge of, and the debate surrounding, human rights.

Citizens’ Reappropriation of Politics
Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World

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 globalization theory and research. The democracy reforms of the last decades and the heightened focus on human rights have strengthened the political agency of civil movements and organizations, which often have turned into driving critics of precisely the lack of democracy in governance. Many are the hopes that this vitalization of civil society will strengthen societal development in a democratic direction, with increased popular participation. This volume is based on the conference Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World, held in Uppsala, Sweden, April 12-13, 2011. The two-day conference attracted about one hundred participants from all continents – researchers, development practitioners, policy makers, activists, and students – who gave rich and comparative perspectives on the conference theme in presentations and discussions.

Proposal Paper
Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition

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 which to approach the transition effectively. We also discover, however, that territories are not equipped, neither conceptually or institutionally, to assume these new responsibilities. A territory is a strong density, a hub of relations among actors internal and external to it, a crossroads of numerous flows of matter, information, energy, and persons. Emphasizing the need to define and reinforce the territory as actor does not in any way mean returning to the olden ages when territories were each practically self-sufficient. Today every territory has, much to the contrary, its stakes in a globalized system. Recognizing the major role of the territories in the transition thus calls for new capacities for managing and benefiting from the flows going through the territories.

Proposal Paper
Proposals for a Fair and Democratic Architecture of Power

Building new governance is not only an institutional or theoretical question confined to the political or sociological spheres. This is why we need to remodel governance architecture by incorporating it into the perspective of biocivilization for the sustainability of life and the planet. This architecture for a citizen-focused, solidarity-based and fair governance must be rooted in solid ethical and philosophical foundations. It must also both support and enable a new economy centered on social and environmental justice. What is needed is to work together to devise responses to today’s challenges, rooted in the contexts relevant to each person and each population. This involves recognizing the different forms of knowledge that exist in all continents, among all peoples, without trying to impose one of them as the unquestionable reference. The key conditions for a new governance must be formulated within a critical and democratic approach.

News from our Allies
Managing Diversity in Latin America

The Institute for Research and Debate on Governance (IRG) offers us a video interview (4’21’’) of Pablo Saavedra, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Court on Human Rights on the subject of managing diversity in Latin America. He stresses the importance of taking regional diversity into account in a regional governance institution, in accordance with the concept of biocivilization. He notes that case law of the Inter-American Court has been gradually incorporated into national legal systems, thus validating the principle of active subsidiarity. A positive vision of a regional-governance system.

World Governance Index
Norway, Somalia

The Forum for a new World Governance launched the World Governance Index - WGI project in 2008. The idea was to develop a “tool” that would allow the players in charge of governance to be aware of the emerging issues and problems, and to help them to find the necessary solutions.
For this issue of the FnWG newsletter we are offering you the WGI 2011 for the country that has the highest IGM ranking and the one that has the lowest, as well as their ranking compared to their WGI 2008. Interesting to note that although Norway’s IGM declined with respect to 2008, its ranking went up one point, and although Somalia remains the country with the lowest ranking, its IGM increased slightly. Food for thought on global evolutions?

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