DIRECTORY OF RESOURCES
WORLD CITIZENS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA
The World Citizens Association of Australia (WCAA) proposes that a democratic global parliament be created, where global problems can be discussed and settled, laws to protect us all can be established, and people from around the world are able to have a say concerning those great global issues that affect us all. WCAA is affiliated with the Transnational Working Group, the Coalition for a World Security Community of democratic nations (CWSC) has partnered with the AlliaNce of Democracies.
COALITION FOR A WORLD SECURITY OF DEMOCRATIC NATIONS
The Coalition for a World Security Community is incorporated in the District of Columbia (United States) and New South Wales (Australia).
A World Security Community of Democratic Nations
Global problems need global solutions. A democratic world federation, or global parliament, would offer an effective structure to deal with the critical global problems which confront us. We propose a first step towards that objective, following the template established in Europe.
We propose the formation of a World Security Community (WSC) with a global mission, first to guarantee the security and freedom of all its members, and then to act as their peacebuilding and peacekeeping arm in the wider world, under the aegis of the UN. It should be opened to membership from any nation in the world meeting a set of agreed criteria to qualify as a democracy.
Its structure and procedures should be reformed to provide the nucleus for a stronger and more democratic system of global governance in the future. It should establish new mechanisms for preventing conflict and reconstructing failed states, in collaboration with the new Peacebuilding Commission at the UN.
Acting strictly in conjunction with the Security Council, the new Community would form a powerful new force for peace and security in the world, and a bright new hope for the future. In the long run, the WSC could evolve stage by stage towards a fully democratic and universal world federation.
GLOBAL GOVERNANCE INNOVATION NETWORK
The Global Governance Innovation Network (GGIN) will bring together world class scholarship with international policymaking to address fundamental global governance challenges, threats, and opportunities. Through policy research on the underlying causes and dynamics of the “anti-multilateralist” turn in many countries and development of institutional, legal, policy, operational, and normative improvements in the global governance architecture, GGIN will convene and amplify the voices of a new generation of scholars, policy researchers, and practitioners from the Global South and North, alongside established experts and UN Mission Representatives. The Global Governance Innovation Network is a partnership of the Stimson Center, the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), Plataforma CIPÓ, and Leiden University.
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The Stimson Center, named after American statesman, lawyer, and politician Henry L. Stimson, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank which aims to enhance international peace and security through a combination of analysis and outreach.
INNOVATIVE IDEAS CHANGING THE WORLD
For three decades, Stimson has been a leading voice on urgent global issues. Founded in the twilight years of the Cold War, the Stimson Center pioneered practical new steps toward stability and security in an uncertain world. Today, as changes in power and technology usher in a challenging new era, Stimson is at the forefront: Engaging new voices, generating innovative ideas and analysis, and building solutions to promote international security, prosperity, and justice.
CONNECT WITH THE PROBLEM.
Stimson matches academic rigor with real-world experience, on-the-ground field research, and engagement with new perspectives and uncommon constituencies. Technology has empowered countless new actors who are essential to tackling today’s transnational threats. From Mozambique to Myanmar, Saigon to Stockholm, and countless places in between, Stimson researchers are deeply engaged with people and problems around the world.
GENERATE NEW IDEAS.
Stimson research programs are at the forefront of policy innovation and are strongly committed to excellence and independence. Our policy proposals and analyses are grounded in the real world, informed by experience, used by policymakers, and reflect our values. Stimson’s global reach and local networks keep us in touch with the rapidly changing international environment.
Often, understanding a problem and making recommendations is not enough. That is why Stimson turns good ideas into reality by field-testing proposals and supporting implementations in the real world. We apply our research in numerous ways, from building tools, prototyping new technologies, and creating datasets, to working with local leaders and training government officials.
A MODERN RESEARCH PROGRAM
Stimson organizes its work in cross-program research areas: Nonproliferation, Technology and Trade, Resources and Climate, International Order and Conflict, Asia, and US Foreign Policy.
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WORLD FEDERALIST MOVEMENT/INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL POLICY
As world federalists, we view the world as one society embracing all of humanity in all its diversity. We affirm that the ideals and principles of community life which are basic to civilized existence can and must be applied to international relations. We also affirm our determination to exercise our rights and responsibilities as citizens of the whole world in order to achieve the high purposes of the United Nations.
To this end, we call for urgent progress in developing the democratic world institutions of law by which the world’s people and nations can govern their relations to assure a peaceful, just, and ecologically sustainable world community.
These institutions must have actual and sufficient authority to make and enforce law in their given jurisdictions in accordance with the basic federalist principle of subsidiarity, which is the division of political authority and jurisdiction between different levels of government and the solving of problems at the level at which they occur, in general at the most local level possible.
For this is the essence of world federalism: to seek to invest legal and political authority in world institutions to deal with problems which can only be treated adequately at the global level, while affirming the sovereignty of the nation-state in matters which are essentially internal.
Our Vision: a world in which all people have peaceful, dignified and prosperous lives under the rule of law.
Our Mission: to promote global governance to address inequality, violent conflict, mass atrocities, climate change and corruption.
THE GLOBAL CHALLENGES FOUNDATION
The Global Challenges Foundation aims to promote the development of global decision-making models capable of more effectively and equitably mitigating and, preferably, eliminating the major global catastrophic risks threatening humanity.
We are working to achieve this by:
Following developments and informing on risks, risk drivers, and the current gap in institutional management of risks
Establishing dialogue between policymakers, opinion leaders and experts by fostering networks, collaborations and initiatives that can take the issue forward
Achieving momentum for improved management of global risk in current and relevant processes of reform
The Global Challenges Foundations works to facilitate dialogue about and improve understanding of major global catastrophic risks among policymakers, thought leaders and the public. Its goal is to stimulate ideas on and development of new, better and more equitable decision-making models, so that the global threats and challenges can be effectively managed.
Apart from its own projects and publications, the Global Challenges Foundations also supports a number of independent initiatives that are aligned with the goals of the Foundation.
The Global Challenges Foundation was founded in 2012 by Swedish financial analyst and author Laszlo Szombatfalvy, who donated SEK 500 million. The Foundation is based in Stockholm.
The Foundation’s work is led by the board, which is aided by a number of senior advisors, and the Foundation’s secretariat, headed by Managing Director Jens Orback.
Global challenges require global cooperation. We will not come up with and implement the perfect solution to the world’s greatest challenges on our own. In fact, nobody will.
In line with this core principle, an important part of our work is to gather diverse actors, and assist their collaborative efforts. We support projects that explore new decision-making models to better tackle global catastrophic risks, with particular attention to their effectiveness, fairness and implementability. We also support projects that foster the demand for change among institutions and the public.
If you would like to join one of our existing partnerships, or propose a new collaborative project, please contact us at email@example.com.
INSTITUTE FOR ECONOMICS AND PEACE
The Institute for Economics and Peace aims to create a paradigm shift in the way the world thinks about peace. We do this by developing global and national indices, calculating the economic cost of violence, analysing country level risk and fragility, and understanding Positive Peace.
Our research is used extensively by governments, academic institutions, think tanks, non‑governmental organisations and by intergovernmental institutions such as the OECD, The Commonwealth Secretariat, the World Bank and the United Nations. The Institute is headquartered in Sydney with offices in 6 countries, and our research achieves over 20 billion media impressions across 150 countries each year.
THE LOWY INSTITUTE
The Lowy Institute is an Australian think tank with a global outlook. Our research interests are as broad as Australia’s interests, and we host distinguished speakers from around the globe on foreign policy, defence, politics, aid and development, journalism, sport, science and the arts.
As an Australian think tank, Asia touches everything the Lowy Institute does. Our research and events calendar have a special Asia-Pacific focus, and our experts produce commentary for the world’s leading news outlets on events in the region.
The Lowy Institute is at the centre of Australia’s foreign policy and national security debates. Every prime minister and foreign minister since 2003, when the Institute was founded, has spoken at the Lowy Institute. Our annual poll of Australian public opinion is cited around the world, our experts are sought out by the Australian media for commentary on breaking events, and our research – including our flagship Lowy Institute Papers, published by Penguin – helps set the national agenda.
AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
The Commission is Australia’s National Human Rights Institution.
We investigate and conciliate discrimination and human rights complaints. Our complaints process is free and confidential and allows individuals to resolve disputes quickly and effectively.
We advocate to government and others for human rights to be considered in laws and policy making, and we also provide advice, review laws, and make submissions to parliamentary inquiries.
We promote and raise awareness of human rights in Australia through education and training, events and discussion, media outreach, digital resources and social media communication.
We undertake research into human rights and discrimination issues in Australia – and sometimes we hold national inquiries to examine human rights issues in more detail (you can have your say on our current inquiries and projects).
We also provide legal advice on human rights obligations to courts and appear as an amicus curiae – or ‘friend of the court’ – to provide specialist advice in discrimination cases.
We produce guidelines for employers, and provide training and resources to assist organisations in embedding and supporting diversity and inclusion, and addressing the risks of modern slavery in their global operations and supply chains.
We run international education and training programs for other human rights institutions in the Asia Pacific region.
The Commission also has a role in monitoring and scrutinising Australia’s performance in meeting its international human rights commitments. We regularly provide independent reports to the UN about this.