Although the United Nations remains heavily criticised for its complexity and bias towards the ‘big 5’ nations, it’s noble origins and ideals – embodied in the UN Charter and Universal Declaration of Human Rights – emphasises the need for a more democratic, powerful and ultimately more representative UN system that can act as a conduit for international cooperation and the securing of basic human needs.
A discussion paper analyses how connected citizens
feel they are to the international institutions that regulate trade and
economic activity, and argues that both NGOs and international institutions need to
engage more actively in domestic economic debate in the current
challenging climate. Authored by Jim Metcalfe.
To understand the shared concerns of youthful protesters and the global nature of the forces
they are fighting, it is crucial to situate these diverse student protests within a broader analysis of global capital and the changing nature of its assaults on young people, says Henry A Giroux.
By recognising that we are all connected, interdependent and part of a world-wide community of people and nations, we affirm our global citizenship. Only as self-aware and active global citizens will humanity be able to create an international movement with the power to establish a better world, and this simple guide points the way. By the Global Citizens Initiative.
If world leaders and policymakers are
paying merely lip service to the unfolding human and environmental catastrophe,
is the growing power of the people's voice sufficient to challenge the
immense forces that stand in the way of creating a just and sustainable world?
Civil society groups have strong concerns about the growing influence of major
corporations and business lobby groups within the United Nations, and call for the UN to prioritise steps that
serve the public interest over
the creation of policies that result in profits for businesses. A joint statement from Friends of the Earth.
The question we ask is
whether today’s generation of protestors represent the harbingers of a new
emancipatory agenda, or whether the opposite is the case, that social
fragmentation and polarisation from above as well as from below could usher in
an even more dangerous and divided world. Or both? By Mary Kaldor.
The mythic figure of a wealth-redistributionist Robin Hood spans back
hundreds of years, and lives on today in the streets of Cairo and
Occupied sites worldwide. In the struggle to reclaim common space and
share resources, we need him now more than ever, says Paul Buhle.