Freitag, 29. November 2019

Survey for Centerpoint Now 2020

Information of the UN2020 Initiative

The "World Council of Peoples for the United Nations" WCPUN is currently working on a new edition of "Centerpoint Now", which will be published in September 2020, coinciding with the UN General Assembly's 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

The theme "How our global institutions are adapting to today's challenges", including the perspective on the challenges of multilateralism, visions for the future, etc. This publication will be published in 10.000 copies and distributed internationally to UN member states and agencies, academic and cultural institutions, think tanks and other departments. The UN2020 Initiative wants to make a joint contribution to this. If you would like to participate, please fill out this Survey Form! That is what I have done. Here are my answers:

1) Why does multilateralism matter to you?
Multilateralism is the path to the democratic World Federation. The World Federation is the real chance for mankind's survival.

2) What is your perspective on the challenges for multilateralism?
The ever more urgent world problems force the states to multilateralism. The United Nations needs its own sovereignty for affairs of mankind.

3) What is your vision for the future?
My vision for the future is the democratic World Federation.

4) What are you doing to make that vision a reality?
I advertise this vision of the future on all channels available to me and try to convince all people who want a better world and are committed to it.











Mittwoch, 27. November 2019

Alliance for Multilateralism

During the opening week of the UN General Assembly at the end of September 2019, the Foreign Ministers of France and Germany, Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas, together with the representations of Canada, Mexico, Chile, Singapore and Ghana, initiated the Alliance for Multilateralism in New York. It is supposed to be the answer to increasing national egoism and striving for supremacy, which would certainly lead humanity into a dangerous impasse.
"At a time when key principles of the rules-based international order and essential instruments of international cooperation are challenged, the Alliance for Multilateralism aims at bringing together those who believe that strong and effective multilateral cooperation, based on the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, international law and justice, are indispensable foundations to secure peace, stability and prosperity and who want to join hands to act along this endeavor."

In the meantime, more than 50 states have confirmed their participation. Although initially intended only as an informal network, the Alliance for Multilateralism can continue to develop. It must, because it will soon become clear that this is not enough to do justice to the tasks at hand. The pressure of future world problems will show it. Unless a large number of the participating countries fall under the rule of nationalists or other circumstances let the initiative fizzle out, it could be the embryo of a federal World Union. We stand by it.

Article at Democracy Without Borders:

Montag, 25. November 2019

In Lucknow nothing new

Episode of 3 November

285 leading politicians, top judges, lawyers and renowned personalities from 74 countries met from 6 to 12 November at the 20th International Conference of Chief Justices of the World (ICCJW-2019) in India. The meeting was organized by the City Montessori School Lucknow.

To start with, various events took place in New Delhi. There was a visit to the House of Worship of the Indian Bahá'í Community, here called Lotus Temple, and wreaths were laid at the memorial site of Mahatma Gandhi. There were traditional ceremonies. Personalities were honored and gifts exchanged.

Dr. Tao-Tze Hong was present with the FOWPAL troops and brought his peace bell with him. Mrs. Masami Saionji, President of the World Peace Prayer Society, was also a guest. Before the actual consultations a World Unitiy March took place in Lucknow. If you look at the photo series, you get an impression of the colorful events.

As at previous conferences, a Resolution was adopted as a result of the discussions and published at a press conference. It will be sent to all governments and to the Secretary-General of the United Nations. It says why we have to worry about the world. The resulting urgent demands on national governments and the UN are rather vague and nothing new. They have been under discussion for a long time. I miss clear objectives, such as the creation of a World Parliament.

Even if this conference does not bring anything new, it can still be helpful. Even if the participants, as private individuals, do not have a political mandate, their words still have a certain weight and hopefully attract attention.

Then there is something new to note:

The South Korean organization HWPL held a seminar for "religious leaders" during the conference. Representatives were already present at the march for Hiroshima Day. The HWPL is a camouflage organization of the Shinchonji Church, which can be described as a sect of concern. Its followers practice an irrational, authoritarian world view under the mantle of world peace. Working with such people is counterproductive in any case. I very much hope that those responsible at the City Montessori School will notice this in time.

Dienstag, 19. November 2019

Concrete ideas for a better world

Episode of 1 November

Who wants to run or is running a campaign to address a global problem? The Together First Campaign consultation is open until January 10, 2020 for the best ideas to improve the global system.

Some of these ideas may be new, others will be around for a while. But more than the ideas themselves is of interest how they will be implemented. That's why the consultation is largely focused on what is needed to achieve meaningful change.


From today's TF Team announcement:
"Once the ideas are in, we will launch our online portal – an interactive listing of all the campaigns working towards a safer, fairer and more sustainable world. Each idea submitted will get its own page, so make sure your campaign is represented!

The listing will be fed in to the process the UN is running throughout 2020 - the UN's 75th anniversary year. Together First will host a number of different online and offline events around the world in the spring of 2020 to draw attention to ideas in this database and to see which ones resonate the most.

As a broad coalition from all regions, we will then throw our weight behind several of the most promising proposals and campaign for them to be adopted by member states at the UN’s 75th anniversary Global Summit in September 2020.

So if you are trying to change the world, please fill in our form and help us to help you! Together we are stronger!"
More information:
  • Guide explaining the consultation process in detail (PDF).
  • Report by UN expert Sam Daws on "howto save the world" - 10 lessons to ensure that campaigns on these issues have a real impact (PDF).
  • Login page
If you have any questions or need assistance in submitting proposals, please contact the TF team directly:
info@together1st.org

After reading the advisory guide, I would say that this is a very demanding and target-oriented action. This is not for fixed world rescue fantasies or people who believe they can change the world with protest alone.

Montag, 18. November 2019

UN World Citizens' Initiative Campaign launched

Episode of 26 October

On 13 November in New York, the proposal for the World Citizens' Initiative was presented to 10 national UN missions at an event jointly hosted by the Canadian, Swiss and Malaysian UN missions. On Thursday, 14 November, the campaign was officially launched as planned in a kick-off event under the motto "We the Peoples".

"It took place opposite the UN headquarters, as symbolic place to represent how citizens are being left at the fringes of the international decision-making. The launch was attended by over 60 representatives from civil society and the UN."
Source: Newsletter of 18.11.2019
In the meantime, the number of supporting organizations from all over the world has risen to over 100. More supporters are needed, of course, because that is a big deal for the globalisation of democracy.

Sonntag, 17. November 2019

Gorbachev warns of nuclear war

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that the current standoff between Russia and the West is putting the world in “colossal danger” due to the threat from nuclear weapons.

In an interview with the BBC published on November 4, Gorbachev called for all countries to declare that nuclear weapons “must be destroyed” in order to “save ourselves and our planet.” “As far as weapons of mass destruction exist, primarily nuclear weapons, the danger is colossal,” he said. Fears of a renewed nuclear arms race have heightened since both the United States and Russian this year withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that was signed by Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1987.

Source: DWF NEWS


A nuclear war would destroy all efforts against climate change. The earth would become uninhabitable for us humans and many other living beings. Not in centuries, but very quickly.

It's all been known for a long time. It is not for nothing that the UN now has an international treaty banning nuclear weapons. But is a world without nuclear weapons even possible? The Mondialists have this question on the topic page


answered. We believe that a world free of nuclear weapons will only become possible if humanity joins together politically to form a federal World Union.
 

Samstag, 16. November 2019

CUNCR at Paris Peace Forum

Last week, on 12 and 13 November, the Paris Peace Forum, initiated by French President Emmanuel Macron, took place for the second time. This is basically a positive event, even if it doesn't really satisfy a mondialist.

The Forum wants to underline the importance of Multilateralism and better global Governance. There were speeches by President Macron, the new President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen and other prominent politicians. Macron and von der Leyen called for a reform of the system and more cooperation between the countries. The future perspective of a binding federal World Union is still a long way off.

The Forum also brings together several projects and initiatives aimed at a more peaceful world. I would like to remind you of my appeal to all those who want a better world and who are committed to it.

CUNCR Team at 2nd Paris Peace Forum - Photo: CUNCR
It is gratifying that the Brussels-based Center for United Nations Constitutional Research CUNCR took part in the Paris Peace Forum. Für This was a great opportunity for CUNCR to present its proposal for UN reform as a way to better global governance, its Youth Climate Ambassador programme and other projects underway. CUNCR is realistic and determined to develop the United Nations into a democratic World Federation.
 

Mittwoch, 13. November 2019

Global "Philadelphia Convention"

The World Federalist and former head of the International School of London Ian Hackett, author of "The Spring of Civilization" (1973), wants to petition the future government of the United Kingdom. The petition is published in English and can be signed:

"Use our position at the UN to propose a Convention of representatives of all UN members to draw up a Constitution for Whole Earth Federation to provide a 21st Century replacement for the UN with the potential to bring us World Peace and Sustainability through World Law."
The petition's rationale is broadly in line with what Ian Hackett wrote in "The Spring of Civilization" in 1973. It is also largely identical with the reason why the Mondialists call for a democratic World Union. Everything is absolutely right.

However, the comparison with the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 as a historical example for the emergence of a future World Federation seems unsuitable to me. At that time, a small number of more or less democratically legitimized personalities adopted a constitution for the states on the North American east coast. The indigenous people and the Africans deported as slaves from their homeland were not taken into account. The conquest and settlement of the West was accompanied by genocide and organized crime. In 1861-65 a bloody civil war took place. The USA is unfortunately still not a shining example for a better world. A democratic and solidarity-based World Union must be done differently. This is no longer the task of political rulers alone, but a Affair of Mankind. In any case, we have no desire for a world civil war.

Then it remains to be seen who will govern Great Britain after 12 December 2019 and whether this government is even approachable for Ian Hackett's petition. Perhaps the Irish Sea needs to be renamed the "Gulf of Brexico". Of course it would be different and the country would stay in the European Union. I would like to mention that in my recent mail campaign to British Brexit opponents the page "Europe is not enough" was especially well received by the Liberal Democrats. That would be an interesting approach.
 

Donnerstag, 7. November 2019

FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE – QUO VADIS ?

Three months ago a climate activist from Canada opened a petition at Change.org to all heads of state, the UN Secretary General, the President of the UN General Assembly and the citizens of the world:
Join Youth Climate Ambassadors in Demand for Climate Democracy






The petition calls for democratic co-determination of the world's citizens in coping with the climate crisis, the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly and global jurisdiction to combat environmental crime. To this end, the "San Francisco Promise" is to be kept and the United Nations Charter is to be reviewed and reformed. The petition was initiated by a seminar of the Center for United Nations Constitutional Research (CUNCR). To date, it has only received 55 approvals.

The text of the petition differs from what the mass of climate activists of Fridays for Future worldwide demand: That the governments of the nation-states should take more care of climate protection and take appropriate measures against the climate crisis. The problem is that the current 195 sovereign states of the world are standing in each other's way in the fight against climate change. The responsible politicians are prisoners of their systems. National sovereignty is the greatest obstacle.

It is therefore unlikely that in the foreseeable future there will be any political activity on the part of governments that will lead to hopes of effective measures. No major demonstrations or civil disobedience actions will change this. The global institutions that would have to be addressed for this purpose do not yet exist. The UN is powerless. Protest alone will do little to bring this about. There must be a much more constructive element.

Fridays for Future calls again for a global climate strike on 29 November, "loud, angry and uncomfortable". The tone is getting sharper. The resentment and impatience are understandable, but the responsible politicians will not be influenced by it. It looks more likely that Fridays before Future will lose acceptance among the population and thus also among schoolchildren. The 29 November will show it. If complications arise from nonsensical actions, that will play into the hands of authoritarian forces that promise people to restore law and order. I would especially like to recommend this article:

We need a World Parliament to deal with the climate crisis

I had recently added all the Fridays for Future and related group pages available on Facebook - there were about 250 - individually and made them attentive to the problem. I also called for a first step to support the Campaign for a World Parliament. There were isolated positive reactions, unfortunately too few to hope that the energy of the movement could be transformed into global social institutions. I will try again in the next days with this blog post.
 

Dienstag, 5. November 2019

Global Week of Action – Review

The Global Week of Action for a World Parliament was first held in 2013 to support the UNPA Campaign. Since then, it has been held annually around 24 October, United Nations Day. So far, however, its global dimension has been limited. This has been the case again this year, from 19 to 27 October. There were occasional events and meetings in Germany, USA, Thailand, Israel, Italy and Sweden.
Around United Nations Day on 24th October 2019, the annual global week of a action was celebrated in support of the establishment of a democratic world parliament. Under the slogan of “World Parliament Now!”, the idea of the action week is to highlight the urgent need for more democratic, legitimate and effective institutions for global decision-making.
The global climate movement shows that what we lack is not engagement or good ideas for a more sustainable future. What we lack is global institutions that can transform this energy into global climate policy.
From article by Democracy without Borders
The Swedish section of Demogracy without Borders held a rally in front of the Parliament building in Stockholm, referring to the worldwide Climate Movement initiated there by Greta Thunberg's school strike. It was made clear that the relatively modest movement for the globalization of democracy has something to offer that the much larger Climate Movement urgently needs:
a perspective on how to create democratic global institutions that will actually be able to meet the demands of the climate movement and ensure the survival of humanity in the future. National governments alone are overwhelmed. It is a Affair of Mankind.

By the way, the opening of this blog is my personal contribution to the Global Action Week.
 

Sonntag, 3. November 2019

20th International Conference of Chief Justices

The City Montessori School (CMS) in Lucknow / India has been working for the unity of the world and world peace for 60 years. It is worth remembering their Peace March on Hiroshima Day. This month, CMS is hosting the 20th International Conference of Chief Justices of the World (ICCJW-2019), with over 280 judges, leading lawyers and committed politicians from 73 countries. Judges from the International Criminal Court have also confirmed their participation. It is the largest event I know of at the moment, where it is intended to plead openly and straightforwardly for the political unification of mankind.









Right at the start, at the press conference on 6 November, Dr Jagdish Gandhi, founder and director of CMS, will renew his appeal to Indian Prime Minister Shri Nasrendra Modi to convene a summit of heads of state to unite the world's sovereign nations to secure the future of 2.5 billion children of the world and unborn generations and to establish a World Parliament similar to the European Parliament.

After a welcoming programme in New Delhi and the laying of a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi's grave, which will also be attended by leading representatives of the Indian government and regional dignitaries, the 20th International Conference of Chief Justices will open in Lucknow on 9 November. A "World Unity March" with CMS students will be held before the opening ceremony. The subsequent conference will include a comprehensive catalogue of topics divided into six groups. These include climate change, nuclear disarmament, United Nations reform, children's and women's rights, the creation of a World Parliament and interfaith dialogue. Click here for more information and the Conference Programme.

I would like to thank Mr. Shri Shishir Srivastava, Head of International Relations at CMS, for the detailed information I have summarized here. We can look forward to the results of the conference.
 

Freitag, 1. November 2019

Affairs of Mankind first

Tomorrow, 2 November, a meeting of activists from the Together First Campaign will take place in London, where anyone interested can take part. It was possible to submit proposals even if you are not attending the event.


The Together First Campaign, as a counterpoint to Donald Trump's "America First" and similar slogans by nationalist politicians, was initiated by the British Association for the United Nations. I informed the organizers of my proposal two weeks ago:
Dear friends
Unfortunately I can't be at the Together First Summit on 2 November. My English is not enough to take part in such a debate. I am therefore sending you my proposal, which I consider to be very important:
The problem is the absolute sovereignty of the nation states, including the member states of the United Nations. In order to eliminate the problem, something would have to be formulated and established that ranks higher than national sovereignty. I call this


The UN should become responsible for the Affairs of Mankind. Affairs of Mankind would thus become the sovereignty of the United Nations.
With best regards
Richard Maxheim, the Mondialist
Then I'm curious about the outcome of the meeting.