paths to a world federation

Over the decades, world federalist activists have focused on four main paths to a world federation. Each approach has its founders, unique history, and specialized organizations that work on these areas of the world federalists philosophy.

In addition, we are in touch with allied initiatives (such as the World Citizens and Global Oneness Day movements), that are not working specifically on world government but are preparing and educating world citizens for its eventual appearance.

Also, catastrophic events such as wars, environmental disasters, and economic disasters often play a part in pushing countries and regions of the world to work together.

What are the Paths to

world federation?

The four schools of thought below, are the general themes to the development of a world federation. Many world federalists have spent decades coming up with different strategies which could lead us to a world governing system. Please review the links and material below to get a better understanding of how a world federation can be formed and the benefits which are associated with each strategy.

Transform the United Nations

Can fundamental changes in the UN lead to a world federation?

The most commonly discussed path for creating a world federation is through transforming the United Nations. This should come as little surprise since the primary goals of the UN are to promote a peaceful, just, and sustainable world — goals that we also share.

UN reformers pursue two main strategies for achieving a world federation: either through a UN Charter Review, or else through a more gradual approach, beginning with the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly.

Integrate the Regions

Could regional governments unite into one organization?

There are currently several regional alliances in different stages of development. The European Union is perhaps the best known, but others include the African Union, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the League of Arab States, the Organization of American States, and the Union of South American Nations.

Some argue that the best path to a world federation is to build such regional institutions first, then unite them on a global level. This would create a strong global government.

Unite the Democracies

Can existing democracies join together to form a government?

Leaders in the field have proposed that a world federation can best be achieved by first uniting democratic nations around the globe. Over time, as non-democratic nations see the benefits, they will become more democratic and join the union.

This would continue until a true world federation is achieved by allowing a step-by-step, evolutionary process, which follows a similar strategy to that of Jean Monnet and his collaborators who have been aiming towards European federation.

Create a world constitution

Can we create world law that will give all people a voice?

A world constitution would bind the nations and peoples of the world in a more cooperative and stable relationship than the United Nations’ Charter.

A world democratic constitution means that for the first time in history “we, the people” would have a democratic voice in resolving world problems through a global legislature. There would be enforceable world law and world courts, and the new governing structure could choose the best methods needed to resolve global problems peacefully.

“We are our brother’s keeper; when nations fail egregiously to protect the rights of their citizens it becomes the responsibility of the international community to protect those rights.”

Joseph E. Schwartzberg, Distinguished International Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota

Must world wars or other disasters strike first before the world will unite?

There are many people who, because of pessimism and despair, believe that the world will never achieve peaceful union until the we first suffer an apocalyptic catastrophe, such as another world war. Others say that only an extremely dangerous threat or very great common enemy can motivate the nations and peoples into joining together in a world union.

These feelings of despair cause many people to fail to take constructive action, believing that there is nothing they, or anyone can do to save the world. Horrible disasters must occur first

Wars & Disasters

Education, Rises Global Conscious.

Expanded educational programs, consciousness-raising, and improved self-awareness will reduce the psychological factors that cause irrational opposition to world union.

Education is needed to explain just what is needed to achieve a successful world federation, and should teach people about the principles of constitutional government. Consciousness-raising means understanding ourselves better through new awareness. Love of country expands to concern and care for the world—to world citizenship. Finding inner peace helps us.

Supporters of World Federalism

Walter Cronkite

“For nearly five decades the World Federalists have worked to promote a strengthened UN and more effective institutions of global governance. I offer my personal endorsement. Now a great opportunity has opened for the realization of the dreams of the UN’s founders.”

Issac Asimov

“A world government that can channel human efforts in the direction of the great solutions seems desirable, even essential. Naturally, such a world government should be a federal one, with regional and local autonomy safeguarded and with cultural diversity promoted.”

Mikhail Gorbachev

“On today’s agenda is not just a union of democratic states, but also a democratically organized world community … An awareness of the need for some kind of global government is gaining ground, one in which all members of the world community would take part.”

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