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It was in Spain that took place the third launching of the Manifesto for a Global Democracy, through a conference the first of March at 12pm at the San Telmo Museum in San Sebastián. Organized by GLOBERNANCE (Institute for Democratic Governance at the University of the Basque Country), whose Director Prof. Daniel Innerarity is one of the most renowned Spanish philosopher and he has been one of the Manifesto’s most involved signatories.


Panelists included the sociologist and director of the Instituto Elcano, Dr. Emilio Lamo Espinosa; Professor Gurutz Jauregui University of the Basque Country; Professor Nerea Megallón, Deusto University; Professor Fernando Iglesias and Professor Daniel Innerarity from GLOBERNANCE. Innerarity for his part said that “the true urgency of our time” passes for the “civilize globalization” and that, perhaps, the greatest challenge for humanity is to “extend democracy beyond the nation state.”


Emilio Lamo de Espinosa believes the “huge global governance deficit” that exists right now where the “main problem is not that there are problems” but the lack of tools to deal with them, “the biggest challenge” is to build democracies wider, adding that the only way  that could be valid is the European Union.

It was the first Spanish launching of the Manifesto. The event had a great impact in the mainstream media as Notizie Basque Gipuzkoa, Basque Journal, El Pais, Berria and Radio Euskadi.


Fue en españa que tuvo lugar el tercer lanzamiento del manifiesto por una democracia global, mediante una conferencia que se llevó a cabo el primero de Marzo en el Museo de San Telmo de Donostia-San Sebastián.

Los panelistas que se presentaron fueron el profesor Daniel Innerarity, uno de los más reconocidos filósofos españoles y director del Instituto de Gobernanza Democrática de la Universidad del País Vasco; el sociologo y director del Instituto Elcano, el doctor Emilio Lamo Espinosa; el profesor Gurutz Jauregui de la Universidad del País Vasco y la profesora Nerea Megallon, de la Universidad Deusto.

Innerarity por su parte expresó que “la verdadera urgencia de nuestro tiempo” pasa por “civilizar la globalización” y que, quizás, el mayor desafío de la humanidad consiste en “extender la democracia más allá del Estado nación”.

Emilio Lamo de Espinosa cree que el “enorme déficit de gobernanza global” que existe en estos momentos en los que el “principal problema no es que haya problemas” sino la falta de instrumentos para lidiar con ellos, “el gran reto” es construir democracias más amplias, agregó que la única fórmula que disponemos que podría ser válida es la Unión Europea.

Los asistentes al final de la exposición se convirtieron en protagonistas de un gran debate. El evento tuvo gran impacto en los principales medios vascos como Notizie de Gipuzkoa, Diario Vasco, El País, Berria y Radio Euskadi.



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.

Presentation of the Manifesto for a Global Democracy

 Through a conference that was attended by activists of social movements such as Occupy-London, members of global NGOs and prestigious lecturers of the international academy, the Manifesto for a Global Democracy has been presented at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

The interesting panel included writers and researchers such as Richard Sennett  (New York University-LSE), Daniele Archibugi (CNR-Italy), Fernando Iglesias (UB-UCES-CUIA), Mathias Koenig-Archibugi (LSE) and Saskia Sassen (LSE -Columbia University).

The Manifesto is a pluralistic statement about the need of global and democratic approaches on global issues such as nuclear proliferation, climate change and financial crisis. It proposes the democratization of the UN and other international organizations and the progressive creation of democratic global institutions such as a UN Parliamentary Assembly.

 The Conference was the first in a series that includes Rome (September), Buenos Aires (November) and many other global metropolis.

Intellectuals from all over the world call global leaders and world citizens to move towards a Global Democracy

The global launch of the MANIFESTO FOR A GLOBAL DEMOCRACY has been scheduled for this Wednesday, June the 27th at the LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science), 6.30pm (London).

The Manifesto is a pluralist statement on the need of giving global answers to on-going global crises such as nuclear proliferation, climate change and financial instability. In order to do so, it proclaims the need of extending democracy and citizenship beyond national borders, democratizing international organizations and moving towards democratic global institutions.

The Manifesto has been signed by many of the most recognized authorities on global politics, such as professors Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, Daniele Archibugi, Jacques Attali, Bertrand Badie, Zygmunt Bauman, Ulrich Beck, Mary Burton, Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, Susan George, David Held, Fernando Iglesias, Mary Kaldor, Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, Lucio Levi, Giacomo Marramao, George Monbiot, Toni Negri, Heikki Patomaki, Beatriz Sarlo, Saskia Sassen, Fernando Savater, Roberto Saviano, Juan José Sebreli, Richard Sennett, Vandana Shiva and Andy Strauss.

Many of them will be present at the international press-conference at London through it will be globally launched this Wednesday, which will be the first of series that includes the cities of Rome (September), Buenos Aires (November), and Nueva York, Bruselas, Nueva Delhi, Tokio during 2013.

 Intelectuales de todo el planeta llaman a los líderes mundiales y a los ciudadanos del mundo a construir una democracia global

Este miércoles 27 de junio, en la LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science), a las 18.30 hs. de Londres, tendrá lugar el lanzamiento del Manifiesto por una Democracia Global.

El Manifiesto es una declaración pluralista, acerca de la necesidad de dar respuestas globales y democráticas a asuntos globales como la proliferación nuclear, el cambio climático y la crisis financiera, para lo cual propone extender la democracia y la ciudadanía más allá de la escala nacional; democratizar las organizaciones internacionales y avanzar hacia la constitución de instituciones democráticas globales.

El Manifiesto ha sido firmado por muchas de las más reconocidas autoridades en políticas globales, como Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, Daniele Archibugi, Jacques Attali, Bertrand Badie, Zygmunt Bauman, Ulrich Beck, Mary Burton, Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, Susan George, David Held, Fernando Iglesias, Mary Kaldor, Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, Lucio Levi, Giacomo Marramao, George Monbiot, Toni Negri, Heikki Patomaki, Beatriz Sarlo, Saskia Sassen, Fernando Savater, Roberto Saviano, Juan José Sebreli, Richard Sennett, Vandana Shiva y Andy Strauss.

La conferencia de prensa internacional, mediante la cual será presentado, contará con la presencia de varios de los firmantes y será la primera de una serie que incluye la ciudad de Roma (septiembre) y la de Buenos Aires (noviembre), la cual continuará en 2013 en Nueva York, Bruselas, Nueva Delhi, Tokio y otras ciudades de todo el planeta.

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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.

Las crisis económica, ecológica y de seguridad a nivel global, así como los desarrollos políticos asociados a ellas, han puesto en la agenda la necesidad de un orden global más pacífico, justo y democrático. Las revueltas que se produjeron en el mundo árabe, en Madrid, en Atenas, en Wall Street, etc. son claros ejemplos del descontento que existe con el sistema de toma de decisiones actual;  y funcionan como un impulso para trabajar en favor de una democracia global. En el 2011, algunos miembros del Movimiento Occupy redactaron un texto sobre estos temas, bajo el título “United for Global Democracy”.

El documento expresaba la clara necesidad de dar una dirección política común a las protestas que se sucedieron en Túnez, Egipto, Libia, Siria, Bahrein, Nueva York, Palestina-Israel, España y Grecia, y fue firmado por alguno de los intelectuales de izquierda más reconocidos del mundo.

A raíz de esta iniciativa, se planteó la posibilidad de redactar un texto más pluralista, que tuviese la capacidad de combinar las visiones y los deseos de todos aquellos (de los radicales; pero también de los social demócratas, de los liberales, de los conservadores y de cualquier ciudadano del mundo) que aspiran a elevar la representación democrática al nivel global, en el que deberían debatirse las principales decisiones que ya afectan a la humanidad en su conjunto.

Por eso, algunos de los cientistas sociales que dedicaron su vida a estudiar estos temas, comenzaron a discutir sobre la posibilidad de un documento multipartidista que ayudara a conectar las acciones de los movimientos sociales emergentes a nivel mundial, con metas políticas e institucionales concretas. Después de varios meses de trabajo, se terminó la versión original gracias a la colaboración de los diez firmantes originales: Daniele Archibugi, Richard Falk, David Held, Fernando Iglesias, Lucio Levi, Giacomo Marramao, Heikki Patomaki, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett y Andy Strauss. En los últimos meses, también fue firmado por los profesores Mathias Archibugi-Koening, Jaques Attali, Vandana Shiva y Noam Chomsky.

El hecho de que personas de diferente nacionalidad, género, educación e ideología política se hayan unido para redactar y firmar este Manifiesto, no hace más que confirmar la apertura del texto y ayuda a considerarlo como instrumento plural para todos los que estén a favor de un orden democrático global,  otorgando prestigio y diversidad a la iniciativa.

El Manifiesto saldrá a la luz este año bajo el formato “Intellectuals from all over the world call on global leaders and Word citizens to build a Global Democracy” (Los intelectuales de todo el mundo convocan a los líderes mundiales y a los ciudadanos globales a construir una Democracia Global).  Se realizarán aproximadamente seis conferencias en ciudades como Londres (junio), Roma (septiembre), Nueva York (septiembre), Bruselas (noviembre), Buenos Aires (diciembre) y Nueva Delhi (Diciembre).

El año que viene la participación estará abierta a las ONGs, a los movimientos sociales, a los partidos políticos, a los líderes culturales y a todo aquel que esté interesado. Para ello, Democracia Global-Movimiento por la Unión Sudamericana y el Parlamento Mundial– está preparando un sitio online para que quienes deseen adherirse puedan firmar allí mismo. De esta manera, el Manifiesto se convertiría en el punto de partida para crear una Red por la Democracia Global que comparta las iniciativas y las expectativas de todos los ciudadanos democráticos del mundo.

Podés ver el Manifiesto completo en este sitio, se encuentra disponible en españolinglésfrancés e italiano.

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