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Brussels Declaration on Global Democracy

March 16, 2010

The Committee for a Democratic UN supports the “Brussels Declaration on Global Democracy” that was presented on February 23, 2010, at an event inside the European Parliament.

The declaration reads as follows:

“Humanity faces severe global challenges in fields such as climate change, international security, poverty reduction, human rights, disarmament and social development. The entire population of the planet has grown together into one single community that faces these issues as one.

Today’s system of international institutions, including in particular the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank Group and the World Trade Organization, is, to a great extent, fragmented, incoherent and lacking transparency. It is commonly recognized that far-reaching and comprehensive reforms of these institutions are overdue.

We are deeply convinced that creating sound democratic structures at the global level is essential to establish a more responsive and much more effective system of global governance. As postulated by the European Parliament, a global parliamentary assembly would help to strengthen the democratic character of the global system.

We propose that the mechanisms and preconditions are explored that make it possible to conduct a global referendum on the question whether the people of the world wish the establishment of a global democratic system.”

Among the initial supporters of the declaration are:

Organisations

Club of Rome – EU Chapter, Brussels
Committee for a Democratic UN, Berlin
Global Human Referendum, Madrid
Movimento Federalista Europeo, Rome
Nyt Europa, Copenhagen
Society for Threatened Peoples-International, Luxembourg
UBUNTU-World Forum of Civil Society Networks
Union of European Federalists, Brussels

Individuals

José Manuel Aguilar de Ben, President, North-South Institute
Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former UN Secretary-General
Andreas Bummel, Chairman, Committee for a Democratic UN
Mark Dubrulle, President, Club of Rome – EU Chapter
Andrew Duff, Member of the European Parliament, President, Union of European Federalists
Michael Efler, Bundesvorstand und Sprecher, Mehr Demokratie
Bruno Kaufmann, President, Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe
Jo Leinen, Member of the European Parliament
Prof. Lucio Levi, Movimento Federalista Europeo
Manuel Manonelles, Director, UBUNTU Forum Secretariat
Joel Ben Marsden, Global Human Referendum
Daniel Schaubacher, People to People – Belgium Chapter
Daniel Schily, Bundesvorstand und Sprecher, Mehr Demokratie
Graham Watson, Member of the European Parliament
Prof. Raoul Weiler, Founder-President, Club of Rome – EU Chapter