Swedish Billionaire Will Award $5 Million For Reimagining Global Governance
Yes, you read that right. The Global Challenges Foundation
, founded by the Swedish billionaire László Szombatfalvy, has launched an international competition in order to find a better system for world governance. As Szombatfalvy writes in a letter
published on the Foundation's website:
"The greatest threats we face today transcend national boundaries; they therefore need to be addressed jointly by all countries based on an increased realization of our mutual dependence. Our current international system – including but not limited to the United Nations - was set up in another era following the Second World War. It is no longer fit for purpose to deal with 21st century risks that can affect people anywhere in the world. We urgently need fresh new thinking in order to address the scale and gravity of today’s global challenges, which have outgrown the present system’s ability to handle them."
The Global Challenges Prize 2017: A New Shape
is calling on individuals, groups of individuals, universities, companies or associations from anywhere in the world to submit proposals outlining an alternative world governance model – either by revising the present UN system, or by proposing completely new forms of governance. The new model should be able to effectively address some of the most pressing global problems (like climate change, population growth, extreme poverty) by making it possible for nations to make collectively binding, long-term decisions that take into account the interests of all those affected, including future generations.
Update, November 2017
. Entries to the competition closed on September 30. Apperently more than 2700 entries were received, including three from members of the World Citizens Association (Australia).
Building Global Community
Another billionaire, another big idea! In a speech, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook has declared that Facebook will dedicate itself to building a global community in coming years. Some extracts from his speech:
“Facebook stands for bringing us closer together and building a global community. When we began, this idea was not controversial. Every year, the world got more connected and this was seen as a positive trend. Yet now, across the world there are people left behind by globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection. There are questions about whether we can make a global community that works for everyone, and whether the path ahead is to connect more or reverse course.”
“For the past decade, Facebook has focused on connecting friends and families. With that foundation, our next focus will be developing the social infrastructure for community -- for supporting us, for keeping us safe, for informing us, for civic engagement, and for inclusion of all.”
Poll on Global citizenship
. People are increasingly identifying themselves as global rather than national citizens, according to a BBC World Service poll. The trend is particularly marked in emerging economies, where people see themselves as outward looking and internationally minded. However, in Germany fewer people say they feel like global citizens now, compared with 2001.
Pollsters GlobeScan questioned more than 20,000 people in 18 countries. More than half of those asked (56%) in emerging economies saw themselves first and foremost as global citizens rather than national citizens.
In Nigeria (73%), China (71%), Peru (70%) and India (67%) the trend is particularly marked. By contrast, the trend in the industrialised nations seems to be heading in the opposite direction. In these richer nations, the concept of global citizenship appears to have taken a serious hit after the financial crash of 2008. In Germany, for example, only 30% of respondents see themselves as global citizens.
Outline by Naomi Grimley, Global affairs correspondent, BBC
UNAA NSW Conference, “Making the UN Fit for Purpose in the 21st Century”
Customs House, Sydney, July 22-23, 2016
Gillian Triggs addresses the meeting
This was a very lively conference, held in the Customs House at Circular Quay. Congratulations to Daryl, Peter Nadin and their team for all the hard work they put in organizing the conference. It was a very informative and valuable meeting, attended by 150 or so people, including a bunch of schoolboys. Gillian Triggs gave a slashing speech condemning our treatment of refugees in the offshore detention centres. Speakers included Pera Wells on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Peter Nadin on Reform of the UN, and Daryl and I spoke on ‘Towards a Global Parliament’.
Our covert program of infiltration of the UNAA is in full swing!
Bill Gates Calls for One World Government
January 29, 2015.
Bill Gates was recently interviewed by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. In the interview Bill Gates responds to the problem of climate change by declaring that a world government is needed to deal with the crisis.
“The UN system has failed”
“You can make fun of it, but in truth it was sad how the conference in Copenhagen is run, how individual who behave like the UN system failed,” the 59-year-old said in view of the often viewed as a failure UN Climate Change Conference 2009 in the Danish capital . So far there is no perfect frame, so Gates.
In view of the urgent problems in the world is a global government “badly needed,” said Gates. “Take the UN, it has been created especially for the security in the world. We are ready for war, because we have taken every precaution. We have NATO, we have divisions, jeeps, trained people. But what is with epidemics? How many doctors do we have as much planes, tents, what scientists? If there were such a thing as a world government, we would be better prepared. ”
On Care for our Common Home
May 24, 2015. Pope Francis has released an encyclical ‘Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home’, calling for concerted global action on the environment. An excerpt:
“Beginning in the middle of the last century and overcoming many difficulties, there has been a growing conviction that our planet is a homeland and that humanity is one people living in a common home. An interdependent world not only makes us more conscious of the negative effects of certain lifestyles and models of production and consumption which affect us all; more importantly, it motivates us to ensure that solutions are proposed from a global perspective, and not simply to defend the interests of a few countries. Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common plan. Yet the same ingenuity which has brought about enormous technological progress has so far proved incapable of finding effective ways of dealing with grave environmental and social problems worldwide. A global consensus is essential for confronting the deeper problems, which cannot be resolved by unilateral actions on the part of individual countries. Such a consensus could lead, for example, to planning a sustainable and diversified agriculture, developing renewable and less polluting forms of energy, encouraging a more efficient use of energy, promoting a better management of marine and forest resources, and ensuring universal access to drinking water.”
Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance
June 16. 2015. The United Nations Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance released a report entitled ‘Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance’ at the Peace Palace in the Hague. It emphasizes the increasing range of global problems confronting us, and the need for better global governance to deal with them. It suggests a number of reforms to the UN and other global institutions.
“Humanity today faces a growing range of global problems that require urgent attention—from the multiple wars and terrorist attacks fueled by violent extremism, repression by autocratic regimes, and conflicts in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Greater Middle East, and elsewhere, to the growing global dangers posed by climate change, economic shocks rippling through closely coupled economies, and increasingly sophisticated cyber threats. “
“The Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance offers pragmatic reforms using new tools and networks to build better global institutions and a new global ethic, with the aim of focusing policymakers, opinion leaders, and international civil society on the need for more dynamic and creative global solutions to looming global challenges.”
World Conference on Global Institutions in 2020
Civil Society organizations and UN member-nations will collaborate to organize a World Conference on Global Institutions in 2020
, the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations, to provide a target date to enact the urgent global governance reforms necessary for a secure and just future.
- Symposium "Is Democratic Global Governance Possible?", University of Sydney, June 15th 2012
- 3rd Green Oration, ‘Global Democracy’, by Bob Brown, Hobart Town Hall, 23 March 2012
- 1st Model Global Parliament, Melbourne 2012
- 2nd Model Global Parliament, Melbourne 2013
- 3rd Model Global Parliament, Canberra 2013
- 4th Model Global Parliament, Sydney 2013
- 7th Model Global Parliament, Sydney 2014
- 8th Model Global Parliament, Sydney 2015
- 9th Model Global Parliament, Sydney 2016
- 1oth Model Global Parliament, Sydney 2017.
(Updated November 15, 2017)