WHY WE FIGHT
The world has changed. New technologies and globalization have transformed Earth from a collection of separate peoples into a single, unified species, where global challenges pose an existential risk to human civilization. These challenges push our fragile system of global governance beyond its limits and prove that technological and economic integration is not enough, we need global political integration to solve global issues.
The United Nations, designed as a forum for countries to cooperate, has become just another battleground for countries to compete. Devastating wars persist not because they benefit the people, but because they serve the interests of powerful countries. Justice and equality are supported merely to the extent that powerful countries will allow. The unaddressed climate crisis causes global sea levels to rise, eradicates ecosystems, and destroys people’s livelihoods. Science and technology are co-opted by countries to advance their position, not to empower the common interests of humanity.
We, the Young World Federalists, call for a fundamental transformation of the way decisions are made at the global level. National governments have approached these new global problems with the same tools that they have used for centuries: Countries enter into voluntary treaties while reserving the right to completely ignore them. If humanity is going to solve its collective problems and protect its common interests, this outdated system of global governance must be transformed into something inclusive, accountable, and enforceable.
We urgently need to start running the planet for people, not nations. We can do this by giving humanity a voice in global affairs, by creating a world parliament at the heart of a world federation to empower the common interests of humanity and build a peaceful, just, and sustainable world for all.
YOUNG WORLD FEDERALIST
Join the fastest growing movement to unite humanity. Our members get access to exclusive benefits that enable them to polish their skills as activists, organizers, and political game-changers.
We believe that everyone deserves to shape the future, so we've built a community forum for world federalists around the world to meet-up, share skills, and plan actions. Our members-only section is where we plan the future of YWF and break into working groups to hang out with others who share values beyond world federalism (learn more about working groups below).
A youth-led organization is critical to the success of world federalism, so we've ensured that the voices of our members steer the direction of the organization with voting rights and the ability to campaign in annual Board elections.
Transforming the system of global governance requires a skilled group of people to lead the way. On our committees, members get hands-on experience with the organizing skills needed to build a global movement - and polish their resumes (learn more about committees below).
Networking with professionals and other young activists is the best way to promote the idea of a united world. Members-only events and access to our professional network enable our members to change the world one conversation at a time.
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Members have the opportunity to join and start Working Groups with others who share values beyond world federalism. Working Groups play an important role in how we decide policies, actions, and strategies.
Socialists for World Federation develops world federalism through a socialist perspective, represents the views of socialist YWF members, and builds support for world federalism within the socialist movement.
Liberals for World Federation develops world federalism through a liberal perspective, represents the views of liberal YWF members, and builds support for world federalism within the liberal movement.
The European Federalist Working Group develops world federalism through a European federalist perspective, represents the views of European federalist YWF members, and builds support for world federalism within the European federalist movement.
Committees are the functional bodies responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization, like planning events, making online content, and developing campaigns. Committees give members the opportunity to have a direct influence on how YWF operates and develop their skills for the future.
The Organizing Committee establishes and coordinates local chapters, mobilizes members and supporters, and organizes real-world events and actions.
The Finance & Development Committee develops the budget, raises funds, writes grant proposals, and ensures the financial wellbeing of YWF.
The Communications Committee manages social media accounts, creates content for social media, supports affiliated podcasts, designs graphics and videos, maintains the website, sends out the newsletter, reviews blog articles and other written materials, and develops the message of YWF.
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