The global economic, ecological and security crises – as well as their associated political developments – have put on the agenda the need for a peaceful, more fair and more democratic global order. The revolts in the Arab world, Madrid, Athens, Wall St., etc., showed an increasing discontent with the current decision-making system and provided momentum for campaigning in favor of global democracy. Some members of the Occupy movement redacted a text on these issues, published under the title of “United for Global Democracy.”
This document expressed the clear necessity of giving a common political address to the protests in “Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain, New York, Palestine-Israel, Spain and Greece” and was signed by some of the most eminent Leftist intellectuals of the world.
An exciting question was then raised: what if a more pluralist text was able to combine the visions and wishes of all those – radicals but also social democrats, liberals, conservatives and all kind of democratic citizens of the world – who aspire to elevate democratic representation to the global level in which the main decisions that affect humanity are already being made?
That’s why some of the social scientists who have devoted their lives to the study of these matters started to discuss a new, wider and multi-partisan document, in order to help connect the actions of the emerging world social movement with concrete – political and institutional – goals. After some months of hard work, the definitve version was completed thanks to the collaboration of several of the original signatories.
The fact that people from so many different national, educational, political and gender backgrounds have joined the Manifesto confirms the text openness and helps to make it a plural instrument for everyone who is in favor of a democratic global order, bringing to the initiative prestige and diversity.
The Manifesto will be launched this year under the heading: “Intellectuals from all over the world call on global leaders and world citizens to build a Global Democracy”––through a sequence of approximately six press conferences in cities such as London (June), Rome (September), New York (September), Bruxelles (November), Buenos Aires (December) and New Delhi (December).
Next year, participation will be open to NGOs, social movements, political parties, cultural leaders and anyone else who is interested. To this end, Democracia Global – Movimiento por la Unión Sudamericana y el Parlamento Mundial – is preparing an online platform to allow people to digitally sign it. Hopefully, the Manifesto will become the starting point for a Global Democracy Network that shares the initiatives and hopes of all democratic citizens of the world.