To the subject "Reaching for global change..." an extract from Peter Hesse's book "VISION WORKS. From vision to action. From Haiti to ONE world in diversity," 2008, published by the Peter-Hesse-Stiftung, Germany, page 96:
"To attack global problems may mostly be out of the direct reach of individual civil society institutions like us. But such problems become visible for an open, unblocked mind. And: Civil society as a whole is not at all powerless in global questions – at least not in the long run. It "only" needs some better cooperation and working together amongst each other, with the media – and constructive engagement in politics.
Unfortunately, those, who are officially involved in setting the structure of our one world, are very often far away from the reality "down at the bottom". To be a representative of a given political structure like a state, means mostly a comfortable life. This is particularly visible in our international institutions, especially the United Nations. Such country representatives almost exclusively come from their countries' powerful "elite" circles. Their international lifestyle is far "above" that of their own countries' population. Why should they desire a change? It does need a higher (and deeper) motivation to want a change, when it does not directly concern your own life. It may even be more comfortable to be surrounded by less well-off people. They provide you with more and cheaper services."
The concluding thought in VISION WORKS concerning the reach for global change:
"For humanity to survive in peace we must first develop a global (or even cosmic) consciousness towards oneness of all in diversity and then promote the political creation of a legally binding, fair and sustainable global order for a world in balance in the spirit of compassion and solidarity."
VISION and hope: We need a humane and efficient economic world-order-system and a strong, renewed United Nations !
This is a VISION which could and should be transformed into realistic political goals and objectives.
To all members of the civil society, who are somehow engaged for ONE world in diversity.
Our ONE world in diversity is being socially and ecologically misguided by unlimited global economic and military powers. We, therefore, need a globally secured frame-structure for peaceful, dignified and just development in solidarity and for protecting nature, the base of all existence. Such a structure, the Śco-social market-system, is an alternative to neo-liberal market-fundamentalism as well as to socialist planned markets. It is a humane, socially just - yet efficient - system which protects nature and functions through fair competition in free markets - but under globally agreed values (like the "Golden Rule") and internationally accepted and enforced environmental rules and basic ILO-Standards. Monopolistic and other exploiting power-structures must be avoided through a powerful global cartel-court to be installed in a strong reformed United Nations.
We need a UN which practices "good global governance" in participation with civil society.
The UN could and should be a main actor in healing our world's chronic illnesses like poverty, the majority of the people's missing chances to satisfy their basic needs like the lack of good early learning possibilities. But the UN suffers from its own bureaucratic and power structures.
Overlapping UN sub-organizations and territorial egocentrism are consuming too much energy. A lack of transparency adds to the dilemma. We do not need a top-down central world government, but a truly democratic, transparent and unbureaucratic strong, firm, but gentle coordinating agency, facilitating dialogue, based on all human rights and on shared values.
We need a UN capable of helping to solve global problems - but also respecting regional and local structures - down to communities, families and individuals - for ONE world in diversity.
Such a reformed/renewed United Nations must be based on values and principles:
A renewed United Nations respects, follows and protects global values:
- The golden rule: Do not do to others, what you do not want them to do to you.
- Growth in holistic quality - instead of mere quantitative material growth.
- Favoring what furthers community - but respecting individuality in its diversity.
- As a central value: undogmatic true spirituality, enabling Love and compassion.
A renewed United Nations must also follow/include such principles:
- Subsidiarity: Regulating and doing only what can not be better regulated and done in smaller structures (regional - like European Union - national, local or individual).
- Democracy through direct election of global delegates (min. one per country; in larger countries one per ten Mio inhabitants) - a second "chamber" next to the existing structure.
- Active participation of all sectors of civil society - respecting the elected structures.
- Enforceable global law - including international court of justice -protecting all human rights and nature and securing fair starting chances for the weak and avoiding cartels.
- Transparency in all UN-procedures, -goals, -objectives, -plans and -structures.
- Peacekeeping and (if needed) Peacemaking through a strong global police-force.
- Reformed Security-Council and strengthened ECOSOC, truly capable to decide.
- Own financial sources (like e. g. a tax on speculative global money transfers).
- Fair democratic global finance- and trade-institutions (IMF, World Bank, WTO).
- Separate policy advisory and operational functions in efficient UN sub-structures.
The guiding principle for all of us should be: MITEINANDER / TOGETHER / ENSEMBLE.Download as PDF
Political Initiative for a more powerful ECOSOC
We need a new political initiative for a more powerful ECOSOC (or an other global regulating body) for a better world order in a peaceful, fair, just and sustainable world.
Quotation from the new book (in English) by Peter Hesse:
VISION WORKS ! From vision to action…Wake-up calls for change. ISBN 978-3-9811650-2-9
"Just as there was a devoted think tank officially charged by the USA, Great Britain, the Soviet Union and China in 1944 to develop the security structure of the United Nations in Dumbarton Oaks near Washington, D.C., USA, we today need a renewal of such a think tank in some neutral place in the world. This think tank should be composed of a mix of engaged people from various relevant sectors of life (like science, religions, business and social as well as environmental movements) from all areas of the world. Democratic political structures should not be excluded, but they should in no way dominate the initial conceptual work. Globally conscious politicians from a few respectable countries could initiate such a conference. As a starting point, the original concepts of what is today the relatively powerless Economic and Social Council of the United Nations - ECOSOC could be used for practical reasons to avoid to "rediscover the wheel". But to wait for renewal only or predominantly from inside the United Nations will most likely not make much sense.
We need a new integral vision of a peaceful, fair and just balanced world organization as a result of a new think tank. The conceptual result of a new think tank must then be widely made known and could be discussed in a fair and totally transparent open global consultation process. This process could be comparable to the new consultation process, which derived from the Global Marshall Plan Initiative. Elder statesmen and recognized ethical personalities could form a filtering body to eliminate utopian extremes and power games. Existing world rulers from democratic countries could chaperon the process to make it stronger and more visible without interfering in the design of the content."
Why promoting this vision of the formation of a new think tank while there are already many engaged civil society groups and governments trying to "healsolve" our global problems ?
Governments are essential for establishing, maintaining and enforcing a legal order. There is, however, a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and motivation in the civil world which could and should be put to use for an urgently needed search for a better balanced new world order to be established by the existing national and regional governing structures. A think tank, initiated, but not dominated by governments and enriched by highly motivated civil society activists would be a solution which takes into account the development of global consciousness in our twenty-first century. This development is enhanced by the qualified interacting and learning possibilities of our information society.
Why should the global civil society be legitimized to participate in global problem solving work ?
Conscious that all is interconnected through the inner nucleus of all that exists through an all encompassing divine SPIRIT, we human beings have the freedom and face a challenge to co-create a balance which 1.) protects and preserves the grown and further developing base of all that exists, i.e. nature, which 2.) enables peaceful loving togetherness of people, capable to lead a life in dignity in social structures, defined by the "golden rule" and which 3.) allows all people to benefit from the fruits of research and creative productivity - according to their engagement and efforts - in a global open, fair, efficient, but ecologically sustainable and socially balanced market system.
Peter Hesse - www.solidarity.org - firstname.lastname@example.org May 2009
Peter-Hesse-Foundation SOLIDARITY IN PARTNERSHIP for ONE world in diversity.