Charter For A Global Democracy

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’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  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 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 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.


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Bowker Associates, Science & Research In The Public Interest, is an independent non profit providing self initiated pro bono analysis on key issues with a potential for massive adverse environmental impact . Bowker Associates has been an internationally recognized and cited voice in analysis of the Samarco failure, its consequence, and the possibilties for recovery. In 2017 we partnered with Daveid M. Chambers, a world leader in responsible mining, in our third joint work on the economics of tailings failures. Bowker, L.N.; Chambers, D.M. In the Dark Shadow of the Supercycle Tailings Failure Risk & Public Liability Reach All Time Highs. Environments 2017, 4, 75. A peer reviewed journal published investigation of the cowboy economics of the supercycle and the resulting escalation on the number and magnitude of catastrophic failures. In 2016 we parnered with Dave Chambers in our 2nd joint work together looking at root causes of failures at a conference . Bowker, L.N.; Chambers, D.M. 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Our core work is in envirommental risk management, science and technology as well as bringing any available “best practices” models to the fore. The legal and regulatory history/best models are also a major thrust of our work in building and evaluating public policy. Director/Principal Lindsay Newland Bowker, CPCU, ARM is a recognized expert in Environmental Risk Management., Heavy Construction Risk Management and Marine and Transit Risks and has more than 3 decades of engagement in buiding public policy. Appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo to New York State Banking Board (served 1986-1996); President New York Chapter Chartered Property and Casualty Insurers; Environmental Committee, Risk and Insurance Management Society; Director, Convenor/Co-Chair Bermuda Market Briefing "From Captive to Cats" Hamilton Bermuda. Published Articles of Significance The Risk Economics and Public Liability of Tailings Facility Failures, co-authored with David M. Chambers, July 2015 Beyond. 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One Response to Charter For A Global Democracy

  1. Lindsay Newland Bowker says:

    I am with you on the moral foundation part and you are persuading me that that the core value needs to be explicit and is indeed a universal statement in word s of the golden rule. Too many theological , philosophical and legal issues with simply referring to "the golden rule" and that phrase refers to and aruise from a christian tradition so could never be used in a world consitution.Also we are on adifferent page in the vision of world government. I saw it as an alliance of all nations of the wolrd, each prserving its soverign rights but subject to the limittaions of the global charter. As a first step from where we are now, I don’t see any other possibility.In effect ther isa defcato wolrd government now accountable to no one and to the soverignty of no nation. The creation and wokrking of the UN, the IMF, the Wolrd Bank, Nato, WTO etc. are that now.with no moral underpinning and noexpressed accountability to the peopls of the wolrd or to the soverignty of non controlling nations.We need something better and we need something doable and sellable.

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