Forum for a New World Governance

Forum for a New World Governance, global education magazine,

About Forum for a New World Governance

“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come”
Victor Hugo

Why have we opened this Forum for a new World Governance?

Today, it is commonplace to say there is a crisis in world governance. As citizens all over the world are fully aware, tensions, conflicts, and wars are persisting, and national, regional, and international institutions are powerless, even when limiting their role to avoiding the permanent deterioration of people’s living conditions and means of subsistence. The conceptual and ideological foundations of existing global institutions are based on international relations among nation-states, referring to an idea of the state that emerged in seventeenth-century Europe. This model makes no sense today unless nation-states themselves are built on new foundations, and their role, operational structures, and methods of interaction with other political structures are redefined.

First, however, we need to ask: What exactly is world governance? Setting aside the more complex, though often useful, definitions and subjective approaches to the concept, we have preferred to take the simple view of “world governance”: the collective management of the planet. While this definition may have the disadvantage of being too broad, it does ensure that we explore all the possibilities offered by “world governance.” In addition, this definition allows us to go beyond the restrictive framework of “international relations,” which until recently has been the only framework for approaching how the dominant political entities, nation-states, relate to one another, and which takes no other entity into account.

Throughout the history of humankind, tensions between countries have generated conflicts and wars. In the early twenty-first century, however, the spread of tensions to many areas of the planet and the difficulties in solving them, as well as the unprecedented ecological deterioration due to the interaction of human activities with the biosphere have reached levels that are threatening the very survival of humankind. We do not mean to be Apocalyptic, but, in the catalog of wars launched by states and of examples of dysfunctional management of our global ecology, we should also include the social wars that have broken out more or less openly, revealing an almost permanent demonstration of exclusion and of economic and social inequalities in the low-income districts of towns, both large and small, in every continent. Nor can we ignore the rising power of the networks of organized crime, trafficking drugs and human beings and taking advantage of the absence of strong institutions at every level.

This can no longer be dismissed as crazy doomsayer talk. Those being forced to live in war zones or under the threat of being bombed, those facing famine or floods, and the millions traveling the world in search of a place where they might be able to overcome the difficulties of their daily life, are the silent witnesses of this reality.

The causes of today’s different wars and conflicts are many and diverse. They include economic inequalities, social conflicts, religious sectarianism, territorial disputes, and fighting for control of basic resources such as water or land. All of them are indications of a serious crisis in world governance. And although there have been considerably fewer “traditional” conflicts among states in recent years, today’s are extremely violent and are increasingly affecting civil populations and the weaker regions of the world.

Forum for a New World Governance, global education magazine

  • balayogi

    Excellent and well written and as rightly pointed out the
    there are many aspects of life which
    have evolved over time which either go unnoticed by the radar of out dated frames of
    reference and/or old models of dealing with
    them.

    First all those responsible or entrusted with the responsibility
    of bring in order, unity, harmony etc must be clear about all areas to be
    looked into and addressed accordingly to avoid problems and also be equally clear
    and transparent about what they wish to establish because in the ultimate analysis
    wisdom requires us to bequeath a livable planet, a lovable society and lovely
    infrastructures;

    It is easier to sit in the comforts of a room or stand on
    podium and sermonize the need for such remedial actions but what is more
    effective would be to recognize and acknowledge problems as they are without
    resorting to hypocritical and diplomatic political correctness or global public
    opinion in the larger interest of the greater good of the planet and humanity
    ensuring maximum happiness for maximum number.

    I think if at all human race evolved it should put in the back
    burner real estate venerations as nationalism, religious edicts drafted for a
    period in remote past conditions and instead live life in present in present
    context and make it livable for all humans and other species.

    With technological advancement nabbing the wrong doers is
    not at all difficult and but dealing with them is becoming difficult due
    various appropriation of identity.

    http://contentwriteups.blogspot.in/2016/01/unitypeace-harmony-amid-variety-heady.html

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