We the People of the World
(1)Recognize that we are a world community and that all nations jointly, severally and singly have a duty to safeguard the health of the planet and all it’s peoples , to preserve the planet for those yet unborn.
2)Recognize the sanctity and dignity of every human life; value every human life ..All persons have an inherent and inalienable right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness without fear of persecution for race, religion,age , or gender
(3)Recognize that the world’s oceans, its air, and it’s atmosphere belong not just to all of us but to all future generations and we as a global community have a duty to maintain the health and vitality of these global natural resources
(4) Affirm that no nation may undertake , or allow to be undertaken , any production of goods or extraction and processing of natural resources that degrades or threatens the degradation of the waters or air of other nations
(5 )Affirm that global interests require a world banking system and a world commodities markets that are transparent, ethical, and based in fair trade and commerce and which curb or strictly limit speculation and exploitation .
(6) Affirm that a fair wage, safe and healthful working conditions and freedom from exploutation, especially the exploiuttaion of children are an essential cornerstone of a free world.
(7) Affirm that we as a global community have an obligation to feed all peoples of the world so that no one goes hungry; house all peoples of the world so that none is homeless;
(8) Affirm that we as a global community have an obligation to insure that every person has access to literacy and to an education
(9) Affirm that we as a global community are jointly responsible for the safety health and preservation of all species who migrate and live beyond the boundaries of nations.
(10)Affirm that we as a global community are jointly responsible for exploring and seeking to understand and protect the earth’s ecosystems
(11)Affirm that we as a global community are jointly responsible for the elimination of poverty.
At TED and in other “e-salons” I have been particpating in many different conversations about modernising democracy,much that has been said points to the reality that we are a global community..not just because we hold in common the earths oceans, and all its creatures not bound by national borders, the air which sustains all life and all the creatures of the earth unbound by national borders. More and more it seems literally true that no one nation can meet its needs and serve the needs and asipirations of its own people through its own laws or its own givernance..we are literally dependent on other nations to fulfill our own goals for our own land, our own people. And yet we have no corresponding global structure that acknowledges that, through which nations can collaborate, deliberate and pusue a common good. The U.N. isn’t that and wasn’t conceived for that..it’s job is about preseventing war. Same for NATO. And the World Trade Organization and the World Bank don’t really address themselves to the reality of global banking and global commodities markets.The job of witnessing for human rights has fallen to national non profit organization slike Human rights watch. Yet few are envisioning or talking about or thinking through what a Global Government might look like..what it would comit to and build its activities and endeavors around. My “Charter For Global Democracy” above is my first cut at defining the things that bind us as a global community and that we must work collectively on –the things that are beyond or own national borders and not in our own control as a nation.
Some years ago and contiuning there has been an international group of individuals and leaders also called Charter For A Global Democracy who wanted to ammend the United Nations Charter to recognize the need for collective global action in issues such as poverty genocide polution..their charter and more informtaion can be found at http://www.iheu.org/node/352. The core values are an excellent staement of what makes us a global community and certainly the U.N. is an obvious choice. So far there are no nation signatories to the Charter For a Global Democracy.
The approach of the CAGB group is a good one..I think..perfect a statement of principles that define us a world community, win the support of influential global citizens..win popular support in key countries would be the next step then the big hurdle would be bringing this ito nation level official consideration.
The Sullivan principles were never a matter of national policy but they affected national policy and corporate policy throughou tthe wolrd through popular support and widespread publicity. The same could happen, at least initially, for the Charter For Global Democracy. It could begin as a widely shared document of populist principles and initially be supported throug
h personal boycottt or goods and services in violation of the global charter.
Unfortunately you have to join posterous ( no big deal..no money and theyt don’t hrass you) to comment, but I would love to have your ideas left here for others to see.
Lindsay Newland Bowker Cove Meadow April 20, 2011.