Coalition for a World Community of Democracies
Associate Professor Chris Hamer is the founder of the World Citizens Association (Australia), and author of “A Global Parliament: Principles of World Federation” (Amazon)
This is a coalition of non-government organizations, seeking to promote the idea of a world community of democratic nations, as the next step forwards towards democratic global governance. The website for the Coalition may be found here.
Achieving democratic global governance is an enormous task.
- The World Federalist Movement (WFM) has been campaigning for world federation for over sixty years. They have generally concentrated their efforts on reform of the United Nations, but no significant reform of the Charter has ever yet been attained.
- The European federalists have argued that European federation must come first. Following the step-by-step evolutionary strategy of Jean Monnet, Robert Schuman and their collaborators, they have achieved great results, leading to the present European Union. “Europe will not be built all at once, or according to a single plan””, as the Schuman Declaration puts it.
- Recently, the WFM has lowered its sights, to concentrate on limited objectives that do not require changes in the Charter. They have formed powerful Coalitions to campaign first for an International Criminal Court, and second for the Responsibility to Protect. These campaigns have had great success. The Coalition for the ICC now boasts more than 2,500 NGO member organizations, all with different agendas but united in pursuit of this particular objective. Their budgets run into the millions of dollars - for example, the Australian government contributes about $400,000 per annum to the R2P Coalition.
These examples suggest that a fruitful strategy for world federation would be:
- Adopt a step-by-step evolutionary strategy like that of the European federalists
- Start with a smaller core group of member nations, as the Europeans did, and look for the membership to expand over time until it becomes universal. Since democracy must be a fundamental principle of world federation, the initial members should consist of democracies.
- The first step should probably be a community, analogous to the European Economic Community. It could be an economic community, a security community, or preferably a combination of both.
- To help achieve this limited first objective, form a Coalition of NGOs following the WFM example, all with different agendas but united in pursuit of this particular objective. We could hope to attract various organizations not only from the world federalist movement, but also the Atlantic movement and civil society in general.
Our aim is to build up a coalition of like-minded non-government organizations to promote and pursue this agenda.
More detailed proposals along these lines may be found here:
Democratic World Federalists
Sydney Democracy Network
World Citizens Association (Australia)
World Citizens March (France)