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E-Parliament: Global Governance to Serve the Human Interest by Robert Johansen, An exploration of the potential for global democracy through the use of the Internet.
http://static7.userland.com/ulvs1-j/gems/wlr/johansen.pdf

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Global Policy Forum
Global Policy Forum is an independent policy watchdog that monitors the work of the United Nations and scrutinizes global policymaking. We promote accountability and citizen participation in decisions on peace and security, social justice and international law.
GPF gathers information and circulates it through a comprehensive website, as well as through reports and newsletters. We play an active role in NGO networks and other advocacy arenas. We organize meetings and conferences and we publish original research and policy papers.
GPF analyzes deep and persistent structures of power and dissects rapidly-emerging issues and crises. GPF’s work challenges mainstream thinking and questions conventional wisdom. We seek egalitarian, cooperative, peaceful and sustainable solutions to the world’s great problems. https://www.globalpolicy.org/ . It has a section about Globalization of Politics

 Traditionally politics has been undertaken within national political systems. National governments have been ultimately responsible for maintaining the security and economic welfare of their citizens, as well as the protection of human rights and the environment within their borders. With global ecological changes, an ever more integrated global economy, and other global trends, political activity increasingly takes place at the global level.

Under globalization, politics can take place above the state through political integration schemes such as the European Union and through intergovernmental organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the World Trade Organization. Political activity can also transcend national borders through global movements and NGOs. Civil society organizations act globally by forming alliances with organizations in other countries, using global communications systems, and lobbying international organizations and other actors directly, instead of working through their national governments.

General Analysis on Globalization of Politics
These articles discuss the theory, function, and creation of global politics and political movements. The page pays special attention to political tools and methods.

The European Union stands out as the world’s most ambitious attempt to integrate sovereign states into a united political body, but other regions are also experimenting with political integration. As the EU evolved from a free trade zone into a political union, member states have moved up parts of the decision making process to a supra-national level, eroding national sovereignty. This page looks at the phenomenon of political integration and its implications on national sovereignty.
The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization wield tremendous power and influence, but exclude the voices of developing countries most adversely affected by financial and trade policies. Money rules at the World Bank and the IMF, and “consensus” at the WTO is often the product of behind-the-scenes “greenroom” bargaining and pressure from trade heavyweights such as the United States.
Massive citizen protests and alternative summits accompany most gatherings of the G-8, the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Universities, NGOs, trade unions, faith-based and peace groups come together to oppose business-driven globalization, war and undemocratic decision making, advocating for global peace, economic and social justice. New international institutions such as the World Social Forum are a step towards global justice and sustainability. Also look at GPF’s pages on the World Social Forum and the World Economic Forum.


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Global Solutions Network  http://gsnetworks.org/gsn-program/
Global Solution Networks is a landmark study of the potential of global web-based networks for cooperation, problem solving and governance. Through a series of major research projects led by global experts, we will identify and explain key issues, strategies and approaches for engaging on the Internet to do good, helping these new multi-stakeholder platforms thrive, scale and become material on the global scene.
The Global Solution Networks Program, led by Don Tapscott and the Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto, is creating a definitive resource of expert insights, cases and field tools. A research report recently published is: Rethinking the United Nations for the Networked World. http://gsnetworks.org/research_posts/rethinking-the-united-nations-for-the-networked-world/
Global multi-stakeholder networks are emerging now in response to two fundamental forces. On one hand, the systematic failure of traditional state-based institutions to grapple with a more complex global environment has created a space for new actors. On the other hand, the digital revolution has enabled networks that connect and collaborate across borders, cultures and disciplines in ways that were impossible before.
Yet to date there has been no systematic study of this phenomenon or an attempt to understand the potential of these networks for improving the state of the world. Little has been done to evaluate what makes these networks tick, how they succeed or fail, what impact they have or how they address the tough issues of legitimacy, accountability, representation and transparency.
Global problems, from poverty and climate change to human rights and clean water access, demand solutions that transcend the traditional boundaries of the nation-state—solutions that include authentic citizen voices and new initiatives in social innovation that extend beyond communities and nations to the global stage.
Institutions, corporate partners and individuals from around the world are joining us as we create a series of original white papers, case studies, tools, events, video and ultimately a book authored by contributing members to explore, explain and illustrate emerging network solutions for the problems we collectively face. For more information, please contact: Joan Bigham, Managing Director, Global Solution Networks. joan@gsnetworks.org , +1 860-536-6693.

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Pew Charitable Trust
The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.  … We are an independent non-profit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew. www.pewtrusts.org

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Pew Research Center
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does not take positions on policy issues. The center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder .  …Washington, Oct. 14, 2014: The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that veteran survey researcher and political scientist Michael Dimock has been selected as president of the Pew Research Center, effective Oct. 15. .  www.pewresearch.org  .
1615  Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202.419.4349,  202.419.4300 , fax: 202.419.4372

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Samara Canada
is dedicated to reconnecting citizens to politics. Established as a charity in 2009, we have become Canada’s most trusted, non-partisan champion of increased civic engagement and a more positive public life.
Samara Canada’s research and educational programming shines new light on Canada’s democratic system and encourages greater political participation across the country, to build a better politics, and a better Canada, for everyone.
A samara is the winged “helicopter” seed that falls from the maple tree. A symbol of Canada, it is also a reminder that from small seeds, big ideas can grow. http://www.samaracanada.com/

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UN Climate Summit 14-09-23 http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 this 23 September to galvanize and catalyze climate action.  He has asked these leaders to bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015. Climate Summit 2014 provides a unique opportunity for leaders to champion an ambitious vision, anchored in action that will enable a meaningful global agreement in 2015.

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Un Commission on Global Governance Report1994, “Our Global Neighbourhood”, Chapter one. A comprehensive overview of the global problems that require global solutions. http://www.gdrc.org/u-gov/global-neighbourhood/chap1.htm

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Council on Global Issues (CGI) A not for profit, Internet based organizarion adressing sustainability issues    http://c-g-i.info/ 

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Global governance and climate change

Professor Schnellnhuber  proposes the formation of global authorities to cope with the global problem of climate change. Our proposal of Good Global Governance (GGG) is similar but addresses in addition to the environment the global problems of peace and disarmament. http://www.humansandnature.org/democracy—hans-joachim-schellnhuber-response-61.php . Hans Joachim (John) Schellnhuber , Founder & Director – Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

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Russell-Einstein Manifesto July 9, 1955
http://www.umich.edu/~pugwash/Manifesto.html

An appeal to humankind to abolish war and nuclear weapons. The resolution was signed by eminent Scientists of the time.

Resolution

We invite this Congress, and through it the scientists of the world and the general public, to subscribe to the following resolution:
“In view of the fact that in any future world war nuclear weapons will certainly be employed, and that such weapons threaten the continued existence of mankind, we urge the Governments of the world to realize, and to acknowledge publicly, that their purpose cannot be furthered by a world war, and we urge them, consequently, to find peaceful means for the settlement of all matters of dispute between them.”

Max Born
Perry W. Bridgman
Albert Einstein
Leopold Infeld
Frederic Joliot-Curie
Herman J. Muller
Linus Pauling
Cecil F. Powell
Joseph Rotblat
Bertrand Russell
Hideki Yukawa

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MANIFESTO ON THE FUTURE OF WAR AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Includes climate change in an update of the Russell-Einstein  Manifesto of July 9, 1955
http://www.umich.edu/~pugwash/Manifesto.html

To: The governments of the world

 Campaign created by David Swanson
http://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/manifesto-on-the-future-of-war-and-climate-change
9,109 signatures 2015-07-18

In view of the growing risk that in future wars weapons, nuclear and otherwise, will be employed that threaten the continued existence of humanity, we urge the governments of the world to realize, and to acknowledge publicly, that their purpose cannot be furthered by a world war, and we urge them, consequently, to find peaceful means for the settlement of all matters of dispute between them. We also propose that all governments of the world begin to convert those resources previously allocated to preparations for destructive conflict to a new constructive purpose: the mitigation of climate change and the creation of a new sustainable civilization on a global scale.

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The Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance

http://www.globalsecurityjusticegovernance.org/

Humanity faces a growing range of problems – from the wars in Syria, Ukraine, and the Congo, to the continued violence in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, to the less visible dangers posed by climate change, cross-border economic shocks, cyber-insecurity, and population shifts – that require urgent attention. To an alarming degree, however, preventing conflict and providing human security often exceed the operational and political capacities of global governance institutions, a largely piecemeal architecture built in the wake of World War II.

Moreover, when that architecture was built, the Earth held fewer than 2.5 billion human beings, grown to six billion when nations set the UN Millennium Development Goals in 2000, to be eight billion before the successor Sustainable Development Goals run their course in 2030. These growing numbers will seek the benefits of knowledge, political stability, and economic growth, which are increasingly vital yet remain unevenly shared. These disparities are likely to grow ever more acute in the face of present global institutions’ inability to offer effective and innovative solutions attentive to both security and justice.

Against this backdrop, the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance focuses on the interplay of security and justice as critical to understanding and addressing common global threats that require collaborative action at all levels of governance. The Commission is co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine Albright and former Nigerian Foreign Minister and UN Under-Secretary-General Professor Ibrahim A. Gambari, and includes as members a select group of eminent statespersons and intellectuals from around the world. The Commission is jointly supported by The Hague Institute for Global Justice (The Hague, The Netherlands) and The Stimson Center (Washington D.C., USA).

The Commission’s chief goal is to develop a distinct set of global policy and institutional reform recommendations for release in June 2015, in advance of the United Nations’ 70th Anniversary Summit. Innovations presented will stem from research by leading experts and a series of informed, international multi-stakeholder consultations.”

Its report, designed to start a conversation in the tradition of the 1995 Commission on Global Governance and the 2004 High‐Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change, will consider new frameworks for collective action on critical issues such as state fragility, the effects of climate change on peoples’ lives and livelihoods, and the cyber‐economy.

The Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance aims to initiate and sustain a policy dialogue on innovations towards a global governance architecture commensurate with today’s transnational challenges. It seeks to complement the UN Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals agenda, the intergovernmental Fourth Global Conference on Cyberspace in The Hague (April 2015), the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations (June 2015), the recommendations of the UN Peacebuilding Commission 10-Year Review (October 2015), and the UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP 21) in Paris (December 2015).

The Hague Institute for Global Justice

The Hague Institute for Global Justice is an independent, nonpartisan organization established to conduct interdisciplinary policy-relevant research, develop practitioner tools, and convene experts, practitioners and policymakers to facilitate knowledge sharing. Through this work the Institute aims to contribute to, and further strengthen, the global framework for preventing and resolving conflict and promoting international peace.

The Hague Institute for Global Justice, or simply The Hague Institute, was established in 2011 by the city of The Hague, key Hague-based organizations and with support from the Dutch government. Located in the city that has been a symbol of peace and justice for over a century, The Hague Institute is positioned uniquely to address issues at the intersection of peace, security and justice.

The Stimson Center

The Stimson Center is a non-profit and nonpartisan think tank that finds pragmatic solutions to global security challenges. In 2014, Stimson celebrates 25 years of pragmatic research and policy analysis to reduce nuclear, environmental and other transnational threats to global, regional, and national security; enhance policymakers’ and public understanding of the changing global security agenda; engage civil society and industry in problem-solving to help fill gaps in existing governance structures; and strengthen institutions and processes for a more peaceful world.

The MacArthur Foundation recognized Stimson in 2013 with its “institutional genius” Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

Sub Pages Meet the Commissioners
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The Fifty Year Perspective
is a global issues forum created by Keith Zeff to analyze the linkages from decisions and actions to impacts, in the complicated chain of cause and effect.

http://fiftyyearperspective.com/
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Peace Now
Our mission is to empower One Billion global citizens with the opportunity to join together and co-create sustained peace. Their signatures will help enact our UN Global Resolution that creates Ministries, Departments and Infrastructures for Peace in all 193 United Nations Member States. Website: www.PeaceNow.com , Contact: PO Box 10432, Marina Del Rey, CA 90295 | Ph: +1 855-315-2100 | admin@peacenow.com
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Education for Global Peace

is a movement that seeks to bring about a world based on a culture of peace. We believe that the foundation of peace is education and the foundation of the world is peace. Therefore our goal is to mainstream peace education in educational systems worldwide. Education for Global Peace is an initiative of the Center for Citizen Peacebuilding at the University of California Irvine – www.peacebuilding.uci.edu Vision Education for Global Peace is motivated by a vision of all people sharing the world in peace. Purpose Toward the realization of that vision we seek to bring about a world based on a culture of peace by mainstreaming peace education in educational systems around the world. Mission To achieve that purpose our mission is to: – Build a global movement network for peace education in every K-12 school, college and university. – Develop a globally connected peace education curriculum. – Foster the profound connection and relatedness of our youth worldwide. http://educationforglobalpeace.org/ (Dr. Widad Akrawi)
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