On National Security Systems

There are two ways to achieve national security.

In the war system security is based on the law of force. In this, the traditional security system, might makes right. Justice is not a primary concern. Right or wrong, my country is an accepted position. In the war system disarmament and abolition of nuclear weapons are contradictions as they weaken the military force.

In the peace system security is based on the force of law. Global justice is the primary concern. Conflicts between nations are solved in court. In the peace system disarmament and nuclear weapons abolition are natural.

Today, with the existence and proliferation of nuclear weapons the war system for national security is no longer meaningful. It is expensive and threatens mutually assured destruction. A rapid transition to the peace system of national security is urgent. People centered global governance is needed for the transition to law based security of nations.

.Helmut Burkhardt
Toronto, 16-06-14

 

Open Letter to 195 Heads of State

Open Letter to 195 Heads of State The undersigned congratulate all heads of state on the Climate Change Agreement of December 12, 2015 in Paris. This is a historic event because you subordinated to some extent national sovereignty to the prevention of climate change for the sake of the common good. The undersigned propose to all heads of state an additional and similar global agreement and agenda for international conflict resolution as a renewed commitment to the Charter of the United Nations. The existence of weapons of mass destruction make the replacement of war by the rule of law necessary for preventing the risk of mutually assured destruction.

Respectfully,
On behalf of the Science for Peace Working Group on Good Global Governance for a Just and Sustainable World Professor Helmut Burkhardt, Dipl. Phys., Dr. Rer. Nat., Coordinator helmut.burkhardt@bell.net, www.goodglobalgovernance.org

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COP21: Additional Agreement Proposed

On December 12, 2015 all heads of UN member states did sign the global climate change agreement. The normal insistence of nations on absolute sovereignty has softened by virtue of the signing of the climate change agreement. This partial subordination of national sovereignty to the common good raises hopes of achieving an additional agreement on the abolition of war.

The draft open letter below is a plea to all members of the United Nations to reinvigorate their peace effort by creating a similar global agreement for eliminating war. The open letter is to be sent to all Heads of State and distributed widely for drawing public attention to war as an issue of global politics as vital as climate change. Individuals, corporations, governments and non-governmental organizations who agree with it can add their signature on the website.  Here is the text published on the website indicated:

Open Letter to 195 Heads of State

The undersigned congratulate all heads of state on the Climate Change Agreement of December 12, 2015 in Paris. This is a historic event because you subordinated to some extent national sovereignty to the prevention of climate change for the sake of the common good. 

The undersigned propose to all heads of state a similar global agreement for international conflict resolution as a renewed commitment to the Charter of the United Nations. The existence of weapons of mass destruction make the replacement of war by the rule of law necessary for preventing the risk of mutually assured destruction.

Respectfully,
On behalf of the Science for Peace Working Group on Good Global Governance for a Just and Sustainable World
Professor Helmut Burkhardt, Dipl. Phys., Dr. Rer. Nat.: Coordinator helmut.burkhardt@bell.net, www.goodglobalgovernance.org .

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Definition of good global governance

Good global governance is a political order that promotes the welfare of all through  economic, social, demographic and ecological sustainability and justice. It is a people-centered global governance with the mandate of regulating global issues only without interfering in the internal affairs of nations.

Helmut Burkhardt
coordinator of the Science for Peace Working Group on Good Global Governance for a Just and Sustainable World. 2016-01-03

Nations Must Change

The sovereignty of nations is one of the root causes of wars and environmental destruction and many other global evils in today’s world order.

Internally, at the sub-national level we have a nested hierarchy of  municipal and provincial governments. The actions of these are limited by enforced national laws and therefore there is peace inside a well governed nation.

Externally however, the nations still cling to the 17th century Peace of Westphalia notion of absolute sovereignty. — Sovereign nations catch whales when the world community wants to protect that species, they build nuclear reactors and weapons without asking their neighbours for permission, they pollute and plunder the global commons when it brings economic benefits, and they make war when they feel like it. — The time has come to limit the actions of nations by enforced world law. Nations may keep internal sovereignty, but their relations with other nations and with the global commons must be governed by a global authority.

This is not a revolutionary idea, nor is it ‘rocket science’; it is just an extension of the existing multilevel governance system with all its problems and advantages to the global level. A good global government must establish a legal framework within which the nations are free to act. The UN must be given legislative, juridical and executive powers in order to function as a global government.

The main mandate of a good global government is to solve only problems of global scope, essentially to put an end to war and ecocide. It must not interfere in the internal affairs of nations. –The crisis of the  European Union is largely due to the Union interfering in  member nations’ internal affairs by asking them to take in refugees, which they do not want. Similarly, the UN’s Responsibility to Protect individuals is to be applied with extreme caution, because it may be abused by outsiders to interfere in local affairs. – The Iraq war, the Middle East conflict and the liberation of Libyans from a dictator demonstrates the risks of outside interference in the internal affairs of nations.

Helmut Burkhardt, Toronto, 2015-09-16

 

How to Eliminate War and Ecocide

60 years ago the Russell-Einstein Manifesto presented the dreadful alternative caused by nuclear weapons to the world: “Shall we put an end to the human race; or shall mankind renounce war”? The Manifesto also hinted at the root cause of war: “The abolition of war will demand distasteful limitations of national sovereignty.” Today, humanity faces the additional existential threat of ecocide.

In order to put and end to war and ecocide we must remove the root causes, which contrary to wide spread public opinion, are not in human nature. It is human nature to want to survive and procreate life, not to make war and ecocide. The root cause of war and ecocide is the globally accepted but faulty political system, which is based on absolute sovereignty of nations. If war and ecocide are to be eliminated, all nations must abandon absolute sovereignty and enable a global authority with legislative, judicial and executive powers to solve global problems while the nations retain internal sovereignty. The global authority, a good transparent global government could be a World Federation or a thoroughly reformed United Nations.

Well governed countries have internal peace and protect their own environment. Likewise, a well governed world will have peace and a healthy environment. Peace and environmental protection are safer and less costly than war and ecosystem repair. We call for transparent, trustworthy, good global governance because it makes sense. The time has come to replace globally the law of force with the force of law.

Please endorse our call by submitting the completed form below and pass our call on to your friends and to organizations. If many endorse this idea, we shall approach politicians to take action in the direction towards a just and sustainable world.

Helmut Burkhardt, Coordinator
Science for Peace Working Group on
Good Global Governance for a Just and Sustainable World
Toronto, Ontario, Canada