Through a press conference convoked under the slogan “Intellectuals call on political leaders and world citizens to build a global democracy”, which was held in the facilities of the Italian Senate, the MANIFESTO FOR A DEMOCRACY GLOBAL was presented last September 11th in Rome.
Professors Roberto Esposito (Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane), Fernando Iglesias (Cattedra Spinelli-CUIA), Lucio LEVI (Università di Torino), Raffaele Marchetti (Libera Università Internazionale), Giacomo Marramao (Università di Roma Tre) and Heikki Patomäki (Helsinki University) gave their views on the global situation and explained the proposals contained in the Manifesto that they signed with other 25 scholars specialized on the study of political global trends. The renowned columnist of La Repubblica Concita DE GREGORIO coordinated the table and the questions of journalists and the audience.
Fernando Iglesias opened the panel recalling that eleven years ago another September 11 was the most dramatic exemplification of what Samuel Huntington predicted as the Clash of Civilizations. “Hopefully, this September 11 must be just the opposite. I hope that our thoughts and reflections can provide a small contribution to peace, pluralism and democracy in the world. But there will be no peace in the world if there is no justice, and there wont be justice in the world if we are not able to build democratic global institutions to make the crucial decisions that are now in the hands of financial markets, undemocratic international agencies and the big national powers “.
Giacomo Marramao followed by saying: “The protests that spread across the planet show a deep discomfort with existing forms of representation and the limited capacity of the political system to protect the common goods. The indignados, the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement and global protesters express a demand for more and better democracy not only at the national level, but a global one. ”
Scholar Heikki Patomäki added: “Global crises require global solutions. Occasional summits, intergovernmental agreements and international cooperation are not enough. The globalization of finance require democratic institutions on all continents and a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations, as the embryo of a future World Parliament “.
Roberto Esposito concluded the meeting by declaring: “We share with global social movements the claim to unite for global change and real democracy. We do not want to remain governed by powers over which we have no influence. Self-determination is and politics are valid not only nationally, but also regionally and globally. We want to be citizens of the world and demand global democracy. That is why we call on all democratic leaders, intellectuals, organizations, parties and movements of the planet.”
Then, all panelists responded to questions from the public, agreeing on that the Global Democracy Summit scheduled for October 7 in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, with the participation of the UN General Secretary Ban-ki-moon , is a clear demonstration of the urgency of a more peaceful, just and democratic global order.
In the photo, Esposito, Levi, Marramao, Patomaki, Marchetti and Iglesias.