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Stop global warming - European citizens' initiative

In the last months of 2018, in view of the upcoming elections to the European Parliament, it was launched by Alberto Majocchi of the University of Pavia and collaborator of the Center for Studies on Federalism (CSF), Monica Frassoni President of the European Greens, Marco Cappato of “Più Europa”, a petition for an environmental tax aimed at targeting those responsible for CO2 pollution. The petition proposes the establishment of a European CARBON TAX.

The Anti-mafia Seminar: a Success and a Starting Point

With singular success and repercussion the first Italo-Argentinian Anti-mafia seminar took place in Buenos Aires, which gathered in the city the highest authorities of the National Antimafia Directorate of Italy (DNA), with the purpose of sharing experiences and learning in the fight against organized crime.


UN2020 – Building an agenda for a renewed United Nations


The women peace and security agenda through a feminist lens

As we celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 to mark the many strides towards gender equality and advancement for women’s rights, we must continue our fight towards ending sexual and gender-based violence during conflict.


Global Strike for Climate. There is no Planet B

It all began the last 30th August 2018, when Greta Thunberg went on strike in front of the Sweden Parliament, but we cannot say that it’s over with the international march of Friday 15 March, 2019. 


Economists' Statement on Carbon Dividends

Global climate change is a serious problem calling for immediate national action. Guided by sound economic principles, we are united in the following policy recommendations.


Carbon Tax Petition

Demand a price on CO2 emissions! Save the planet. Carbon price now.


The EU calls for the setting-up of a permanent multilateral investment court

In January 2019, EU member states submitted a paper to the UN Working Group on the Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform, under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), containing the EU’s proposal of establishing a permanent multilateral investment court with an appeal mechanism and full-time adjudicators.

Internationalisation of the renminbi

Albeit still in its infancy, there are clear signs of the internationalisation of the renminbi, confirmed by its inclusion in the SDR basket: the creation of institutions similar to the IMF and the WB, the network of agreements for mutual payments in national currencies and no longer in dollars among the BRICS countries, 


The Clean Energy Package - Updates

The “Clean Energy Package” is a set of laws and regulation in the field of environment and energy efficiency, which has been launched by the European Commission on 30 November 2016, encompassing several areas in which the European Union and its Member States shall reach an improvement within a 2018-2030 time frame, also considering the binding goals set forth in the Paris Agreement, in certain areas including energy performance in buildings and energy efficiency in general, further increase of the production of renewable energy, improvement of the internal market for electricity, both in terms of consumer protection and interconnection of the national power networks; further empowering of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).

Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes: a democratic, inclusive approach to atrocity prevention

Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) ( as a community of commitment composed of states, civil society and academic institutions pledging to prevent atrocities by establishing national prevention mechanisms and policies has set an exemplary precedent for democratic engagement between governments and civil society actors. Indeed, as a horizontal network, GAAMAC offers a trusted space for frank discussions on challenges and opportunities to prevent mass atrocities.

The creation of the Latin American Criminal Court receives broad regional support

The 1st November 2018, at the Honorable Cámara de Diputados de la Nación -the low chamber of the Argentine Congreso Nacional-, within the framework of the Parliamentary Speaker’s Summit and Forum at the G20, the conference “Towards the Creation of a Latin American and Caribbean Criminal Court Against Transnational Organized Crime” took place. This event brought together various parliamentarians and ambassadors from the region, as well as important Argentine officials, including the Vice President of Argentina, Gabriela Michetti; the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Germán Garavano; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Faurie; and the Secretary of Public Ethics, Transparency and Fight against Corruption, Laura Alonso.

Eurolat Endorses Copla Initiative

On July 16/17, 2018, the Co-Presidents of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat), the President of the Latin American Parliament Elias Castillo and the Member of the European Parliament Ramón Jáuregui Atondo, in accordance with Article 17 of the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly have stated:


European Lawmakers Call for a UN Parliamentary Assembly and a 2020 UN Reform Summit

In a resolution adopted on 5 July 2018, the European Parliament called on the EU's governments to advocate "the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly" (UNPA) and to support a "UN 2020 summit" that will consider "comprehensive reform measures for a renewal and strengthening of the United Nations."



New Tendencies in the Global Financial System

A profound difference characterises this new phase of world finance: for the first time, financial flows tend to concentrate in new areas, especially in Asia, and for the most part they no longer flow into historic financial centres like London. 



Our Denial of the Threat of Nuclear Armageddon

For a while, it may have seemed that the threat of nuclear war had diminished. But Donald Trump’s vow to increase and “upgrade” the United States nuclear arsenal, tensions between the US and North Korea, and the unsecured stockpiles of aging weapons around the globe make it clear we still need to be concerned about this apocalyptic danger. 


Ministers of Security, Justice and Interior of Mercosur study on the viability of COPLA

On 8 June 2018, within the XLVII Meeting of Ministers of Justice and the XLI Meeting of Ministers of Interior and Security of MERCOSUR and Associated States, a declaration was signed in which the Ministers committed to study the viability of a Latin American and Caribbean Criminal Court Against Transnational Organized Crime (COPLA).


Strengthening and Democratizing the UN to Regulate Globalization

Globalization is a social and economic integration process which has a significant political meaning, i.e. the erosion of state sovereignty.


A New Future for the World Federalist Movement?

From the 9th to the 13th of July, the World Federalist Movement held its Congress in The Hague.


The Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes: a community for prevention

December 9, 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and yet not only its ratification and implementation is not universal but also, and regrettably so, 70 years later no country is immune to genocide or other mass atrocity crimes such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.


United Nations Charter Reform, the veto, and the unfulfilled promise of San Francisco

The Security Council (SC) of the United Nations is the organ charged with maintaining “international peace and security” and, under international law, represents the ultimate authority in respect of conflict resolution. 


"A People's Assembly will emerge from the World Masses". An Appeal by the World Citizens

On September 1948, Robert Sarrazac, a former soldier engaged in the French Resistance and founder of the "Human Front of World Citizens", constitutes a Solidarity Council to support the cause of Garry Davis, a voluntarily country-less activist who took refuge at the Trocadero in Paris, then a territory temporarily under the jurisdiction of the United Nations.


A compelling obligation: creating the vertical alliance Africa-Mediterranean-Europe


In the present chaotic world where it is difficult to look confidently at the long term, many heads of state are steering by sight.


70th Anniversary of the European Movement

On 24 and 25 May, the European Movement International celebrated its Seventieth anniversary in The Hague with the two-day event ‘Sharing Europe’. 


The Responsibility to Protect and Prevention of Mass Atrocities

By Ms. Jelena Pia-Comella* 


The principle of the "responsibility to protect" (RtoP) was first enunciated in the Report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), set up by the Canadian Government in December 2001. 


Latin American and Caribbean Criminal Court

by Camila Lopez Badra  


It has been more than five years since the Argentine NGO "Democracia Global" started the campaign to create a Latin American and Carribean Criminal Court Against Transnational Organized Crime (COPLA, for its acronym in Spanish). Thanks to the restless endeavor of the NGO, this campaign now has over 3000 signatures, including those of academics, politicians and parlamentarians from all around the globe. 


Reform of the United Nations

By Andrea Cofelice


With the publication of An Agenda for Peace (1992), An Agenda for Development (1994) and An Agenda for Democratisation (1996), the then-UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali launched an ambitious program to reform the United Nations, in order to strengthen, democratise and adapt the Organisation’s structure and working methods to the changed international context, marked by the end of the Cold War. What remains nowadays of that “reform afflatus”? What are the initiatives undertaken and the unresolved issues?


Governing and Democratizing Globalization. A Plan for the WTO's Reform

by Lucio Levi


The globalisation process has eroded state sovereignty, producing a contradiction between market and civil society dynamics (that tend to become global) and resistance from nation-states (that remain national). In other words, markets have gained the upper hand over politics. Two opposing projects are confronting with each other in the challenge to govern globalisation: the federalist, which advocates the globalisation of political power and democracy, and the nationalist that pursues the return to the nation-states. 


A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly

More and more issues have a global dimension that requires global cooperation. At the UN and other international fora, governments come together to negotiate and decide on policies that have a global impact. The bodies of the UN and international organizations are occupied by officials who are appointed by the executive branches of national governments. In view of their growing importance of international organizations and their decisions, this is no longer sufficient.


New Deal for Europe: A European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) and Petition

A Special European Plan for Sustainable Development and Employment financed by additional own resources of the EU budget coming from taxes on financial transactions (FTT), CO2 emissions (Carbon-Tax) and a loan in Euro Project bonds, in order to create new jobs (especially for youths) in the strategic sectors of the green economy, the safeguard of Europe's natural, historical, artistic and cultural heritage, and of research, innovation and permanent training.


Taking Stock of the progress towards pollution reduction - the Talanoa Dialogue

by Lorenzo Spiller

Since pollution cannot be stopped at state borders, a bad pollution management policy in Latvia may potentially affect environment and ecosystems in the UK, Poland and Sweden. This is the main reason why global citizens and international organisations have to obey the imperative to come together and urge local, regional and national governments to act at a continental and global level.


Reform of the international monetary system

by Antonio Mosconi
The wars in western Asia and the financial crisis of 2007-2008 marked the end of the American aspiration to world supremacy. Global common goods, such as security and monetary and financial stability, are no longer guaranteed by the United States.

Status of ratification of the Rome Statute including the crime of aggression

by Jelena Pia-Comella, Deputy Executive Director of WFM-IGP and CICC
The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established by the Rome Statute on July 17, 1998 and entered into force on April 11, 2002. It is a universal and permanent tribunal which tries individuals, not states, for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and aggression. 

The European Environment Agency - Framework for international engagement

by Lorenzo Pietro Spiller
The European Environment Agency (EEA), the EU agency tasked with providing information on the environment and coordinating national environmental bodies, recently published a “framework for international engagement”, 

The role of businesses in reducing pollution and mitigating climate change – The Global Environmental Management Initiative

by Lorenzo Spiller
Businesses and multinationals indeed play a crucial role in setting out standards and best practices to be implemented at a global scale in relation to pollution reduction and climate change mitigation. 

Campaign to Second Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution

by Klaus Schlichtmann
In autumn 2017 three Japanese, Dr. Mikihiko Ohmori, Mr. Kazutoshi Abe, a professor of French, Mr. Toshi Uehara, and me, Klaus Schlichtmann, as advisor and liaison, started the “Campaign to Second Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution.” Peace Constitutions have a crucial role to play in establishing a genuine System of Collective Security.

UN experts endorse the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly

Six current UN experts elected by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva have recently supported the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA).


“Elect the Council”: civil society campaign for the UN Security Council reform

There is near unanimous consensus on the need for the United Nations Security Council to be reformed, but progress has so far been impossible due to power politics.


The long-awaited ASEAN Economic Community is finally born

On 31 December 2015, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) launched the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).


The democratization of the United Nations

The United Nations (UN) is unique among the contemporary international organizations. First of all, it is the only organization established for general political purposes and with almost universal membership.

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