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Policy Brief

#MakeEarthDemocratic

Create a democratic world federation empowered to serve the common interest of humanity.

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Global Citizens

We are all global citizens because we share a common planet, universal human rights [1], and responsibilities towards each other. These inherent rights and responsibilities should become a reality for everyone.
 

  • Where a person is born should not disadvantage them. Freedom of movement should eventually be extended to all people everywhere. [2]
     

  • Every person should be able to exercise civil rights on the global stage.
     

  • Global citizenship provides a meaningful basis for participation in global affairs.
     

  • The existential challenges we face require that we all cooperate to secure our collective interest in sustainability, justice, and peace.

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World Parliament

The will of all people should be the basis for legitimate and accountable decision-making in global affairs. [3]
 

  • All of humanity is equally represented on the global stage. A world parliament would allow everyone to participate directly in decisions concerning global affairs.
     

  • Representatives in the world parliament should be elected through universal suffrage in free, equal, secret, and direct elections.
     

  • The world parliament would have the constitutional authority and democratic legitimacy to propose and pass binding legislation.

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Global Democracy

A functioning global democratic society requires that every constituent of the global community practices democratic governance. 

  • Everyone should have the right to take part in the government of his country and region, directly or through freely chosen representatives. [4] [5]
     

  • Democratization of authoritarian countries and flawed democracies should proceed in parallel with and would benefit from the creation of q global democracy.
     

  • Civil and human rights must be strengthened everywhere in the world. Strong civil rights ensure that the democratic process functions properly.

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Rule of Law

All people, corporations, and governments must be subject to binding, enforceable world law. The principles of a world federation must be protected by a world constitution.

 

  • Human, civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights should be protected by a globally binding constitution. This ensures protecting the rights of minorities, preventing tyranny, and forming the basis for just global affairs.
     

  • Globally binding legislation would be drafted and passed in a democratic process, in which the world’s population is represented equally.

World Federalism

The freedom and autonomy of the individual, locality, and nation must be balanced with effective governance through layered, clearly defined responsibilities and rights. 

 

  • Federalism is a means of achieving a balance between unity and diversity by vertically separating powers. The sovereignty of the world federation originates from the sovereignty of humanity.
     

  • Decisions and responsibilities should be distributed to the lowest level of government at which they can be effectively addressed. This principle of subsidiarity ensures that power stays as close to the people as possible.
     

  • A global federation would not replace sovereign nations: these would continue to deal with national issues. A world federation would complement national sovereignty over national issues with an additional, global layer of governance for a clearly defined set of global issues. A world federation derives its legitimacy both from the constituent nations and the inherent, global citizenship of all people in the world.

A democratic world federation turns the unfulfilled promises of international treaties into enforceable world law. A world federation allows humanity to bring these four ideals into reality: 

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#AbolishWar

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#SaveEarth

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#ProtectHumanity

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#GoBeyond