Freitag, 1. Mai 2020

World Union – in search of the beginning

In my December 2019 post I had written that perhaps the World Union could be started small. Since the initiatives for a reform of the United Nations will probably be hindered by the coronavirus crisis for an unforeseeable period of time, I want to use the time to continue this thoughtful approach. It is a matter of finding one or more countries that would be suitable to start with the World Federation.
The idea is there, but a concrete concept is still missing from which a realistic plan can be developed. This would have to be done on a broad international basis. Too often such plans have already been worked out by small groups. Attempts to get more people or even governments to support them have then failed in most cases. The most striking example of this may be the WCPA's draft world constitution.

First of all, I would like to emphasize that these considerations are not intended to compete with or be an alternative to the efforts already underway to reform the UN. It is simply a question of starting with a World Federation without waiting for the agreement of the world powers and leading economic nations. To start small, I believe that the small states around the world are the most likely to be considered.
The smallest states in the world - without claiming to be complete
Of course, somewhat larger countries that are not marked on this world map, such as Taiwan, would also be suitable. One could also consider countries that do not have full sovereignty but a certain degree of autonomy.

As a first step, I propose the establishment of a Network of Correspondents who want to work for the World Federation in their home countries. Their task would be, among other things, to found World Citizen Groups, in accordance with their own ideas and possibilities.
As a second step, this should lead to a Model World Union, similar to the Model United Nations (MUN), which is already being organized worldwide. However, this would be more than the simulations of an existing institution, as with the MUN, but the development and testing of a supranational, multicultural and federal system for the future, including the necessary technical requirements.

The next steps would then be based on the knowledge and experience gained from this, up to a truly functioning democratic World Union. The political implementation will certainly be the most difficult part, because bilateral and multilateral dependencies and interests would have to be taken into account. Even if this could only be achieved by a small number of small states for the time being, it would still provide a basic model for a comprehensive world federation within the framework of the United Nations. It would be the beginning of the political unification of humanity in a World Union of truly united nations.

But one should have no illusions that this could be achieved with a mass movement in a few years. There will be a lot of work and it will be a long process, but it can be accelerated by the increasingly urgent world problems. The support of large parts of the population would certainly be very desirable. But one should not rely too much on it. In fact, it is rather unlikely. First and foremost, it is the political work of determined people who look ahead and also go ahead. It is the task of several generations. Perhaps the children who are born now will experience the great goal: 
Who will help with the first step?

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