The concept of World Federalism is to establish appropriate and effective global governance in order to prevent war, protect the environment and ensure adherence to universal human rights. WFM advances practical and realistic governance mechanisms that address critical issues for humanity and which pave the way for a more comprehensive world federation in the future.
1 for 8 Billion
The post of United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) is the world’s most important job. From climate change to armed conflict, extremism to pandemics, many of the world’s defining problems transcend borders and require global solutions which are forged at the UN and implemented under the leadership of the UNSG. We need the best possible person for the job: a highly-qualified and visionary leader, equipped to deal with the world’s crises.
In 2014, WFM and the United Nations Association of the UK established and coordinated a network of over 750 civil society organisations under the title 1 for 7 Billion campaign, which demanded that UN member states implement a more open and inclusive process for the selection and appointment of the UNSGs. The campaign succeeded in moving the UN General Assembly to make the selection process transparent and interactive for the first time ever. Candidates had to release their credentials and vision statements for the UN and participate in UNGA sessions where governments and civil society questioned them.
WFM is consulting with partners on plans to relaunch this campaign as 1 for 8 Billion ahead of the selection of the next UNSG in 2026 (the next UNSG’s term starts in 2027). Join us to help get the best person to lead 8 billion people through the challenges of the 21st century.
The campaign has started preparing for the selection of the next UNSG which will take place in 2026. The new UNSG’s term will start in 2027. With the world’s population now just over 8 billion people, the campaign will probably be renamed 1 for 8 Billion.
International Criminal Court
WFM was a co-founder and the inaugural host organization for the Coalition for an International Criminal Court, and continues to serve on the Steering Committee of the Coalition. The Coalition succeeded in mobilising government support around the world for negotiations that established the International Criminal Court (ICC) through the adoption of the Rome Statute in 1998. The ICC provides an international court to ensure individual responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and crimes against peace. The Coalition and its member organizations including WFM-IGC work in cooperation with like-minded governments and the ICC secretariat to employ the Court in appropriate circumstances, build further ratifications for the Rome Statute and strengthen the mandate of the Court including with regard to the crimes of aggression and the possibility of adding the crime of ecocide.
A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly
For many years WFM/IGP has promoted and sponsored the creation of a Parliamentary Assembly alongside the General Assembly of the UN as the voice of “we the peoples of the United Nations” rather than just the states members. This has been ably pursued by Andreas Bummel, an active member of WFM/IGP and Democracy Without Borders.
Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people. Everybody who is affected by a decision of a public institution in a direct and fundamental way should have the opportunity to democratically participate in the decision-making process. According to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, democratic elections are the foundation of legitimate government authority. This right to democracy transcends national boundaries because in the era of globalization major public decisions are more and more being taken beyond the nation-state. Democracy Without Borders supports global democracy and a holistic approach to democratic promotion that spans from the local to the global levels and at the same time embraces the dimensions of representation, participation, deliberation and co-decision. A key objective is a Parliamentary Assembly at the UN.