- Lindsay Newland Bowker
- Stonington, ME
- United States
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Foundation For A Global Alliance:What Do We Consider as Universal Rights? What Global Concerns Transcend Soverignty?
So many of the wonderful conversations here at TED on governance and democracy are beginning to point to the reality of a global community and possibly to a global government..or global coalition of governments..
We are de facto a global community. In his speech before the British Parliament President Obama recognized that no nation can control it's own destiny any more. He recognized and enumerated a few Universal Human Rights and asserted that each of us should think of ourselves as Global Citizens sharing our belief in and commitment to these universal human rights.
Without attempting to design a global democracy or even consider what that might look like or how that might work, I invite you here to share with us what you consider to be universal human rights.. what you consider to be global issues of such importance that they transcend Soverignty.
Here is trhe U.N.charter which seems very incomplete for global issues not to do with war & peace treaties.un.org/doc/Publication/CTC/uncharter.pdf
Here is the link to WTO..trade only http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/whatis_e/who_we_are_e.htm and NATO..all military of course http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/index.htm and the U.S. Consitution. http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_tr
Here is a link to an internatoinal group and their "Charter for a Global Democracy" which sought to ammend the UN charter to deal globally with humainitarian and envionmental issues.http://www.iheu.org/node/352 .
And we have one working model, the EU , an alliance of nations primarily for economic reasons but which which has also evolved international consensus on both human rights and sustainability.http://europa.eu/index_en.htm
For purposes of this conversation we are not considering the mechanics;only the underpinnings.The Sullivan Principles were very effective world wide in battling aparthied through a buyer's boycott of gold and diamonds. Perhaps what we might draft here could work like that.