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To achieve Earth Community and a sustainable future requires us to improve our patterns and methods of self-government at every level including the global. If the UN of the One Percent isn't working, we have no one to blame but ourselves. The UN -- stop bemoaning it; start owning it!

A better UN includes:

* Reform of the Peoples (global public polling and voting; celebrating more UN Special Observances; upgrading public access to UN broadcasting);

* Reform of the Governments (weighted UN voting, regional seating on the SC, and predictable UN financing); and

* Reform of the UN and Bretton Woods structures to create greater coherence.

Let us look at the Report of the UN High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges, and Change; Kofi Annan's "In Larger Freedom"; and the US Institute of Peace's "American Interests and the UN."

Let's also explore the Constitution for the Federation of Earth, Vote World Parliament, the Global People's Assembly, the Earth Charter, the World Social Forum, and the role of world religions in UNESCO's Global Movement for a Culture of Peace.

Let's examine global democratization in all its dimensions: adversarial, non-adversarial, direct, indirect, political, economic, and communicational (media access).

Richard Falk's "A Study of Future Worlds" is an excellent resource.

Please visit our Files section for a multitude of additional resources.

In line with the Millennium Development Goals and the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2015), let us start moving NOW toward sustainability, economic fairness, and "global democracy without hypocrisy."

Let us "occupy the UN" by freeing democracy from the box of the nation-state and by turning our hearts, minds, and muscles toward building Earth Community.

As Kofi Annan stated,

“Together we are the ultimate power. If we pull our efforts together, we can get almost everything done – all of us around the world – ‘We the People’

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  • 130
  • Political Theory
  • Jan 15, 2003
  • English

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