Towards the World Democratic Forum

The FnWG was born seven years ago

The FnWG was born a little more than seven years ago, led by Gustavo Marin, hailing from the FPH, and Arnaud Blin, a longtime partner. In April 2013, Jean Rossiaud joined the two coordinators. On May 1, 2015 Gustavo Marin left the FnWG for a well-deserved retirement. Currently, Jean Rossiaud (Geneva) and Arnaud Blin (New York) are managing it jointly.

A new stage after the FnWG

A new phase of development will begin in July 2015. The forum is going to adopt a new name: World Democratic Forum (WDF), in order to strengthen the process of institutionalization of a global community, in the framework of a global governance that should be responsible, sustainable, and solidarity-based, thus democratic above all (from local to global, according to the subsidiarity principle).

The World Democratic Forum got off the ground

In a first period, its headquarters will be located in Geneva with a secondary office in New York, in order to rely on transnational civil society (highly concentrated in Geneva), and to promote multilateralism. In the medium term, new offices in all continents will join this Geneva-New York pivotal axis, supporting the existing regional processes and building a decentralized network that will also be based on the social networks, a program of conferences, and Internet forums.

Our team

Arnaud Blin

Co-director

Arnaud Blin is a historian specializing in international relations. He has worked on issues of peace and democracy and in the dynamics of the Westphalian peace. He is based in the state of New York.

Jean Rossiaud

Co-director

Jean Rossiaud is a sociologist and a jurist. He is Doctor of Political Sociology, University of Geneva, and a public policy consultant.

Germà Pelayo

Facilitator

Geographer at the University of Barcelona, teacher and independent researcher. He is the editor for the WDF Web site where he also writes regular contributions. He has run several projects related to citizen participation.

François Soulard

Comunicator

He is a social communicator and an activist. He is based in Argentina, in the province of Buenos Aires. He works together with social movements about regional integration and social communication.

A strategic turn

 

« Think tank » component

The “think-tank” component will focus on intellectual production as well as on promoting and reactivating the previous FnWG publications in a new web site that we are building at the moment.

Do-tank component

It will stimulate its human network (over 40,000 contacts), by building concentric circles in order to articulate large networks towards an emerging movement, focusing especially in the contacts around the "Towards a world Citizens Movement" initiative.

Discussion and Forum Component

The World Democratic Forum will enhance its original role as a forum devoted to world governance issues and to connect the two components, "think tank" and "do-tank".  

A three-track basis of work


From 2007 to 2015, the FnWG published around thirty papers on Global Governance. We have also recently published the Dictionary of World Power . In the framework of the World Democratic Forum, this set of comprehensive and coherent texts allows to put more emphasis on strategic thinking. We are going to write and encourage others to write strategic works intended for the general public and for researchers, as well as for our closest partners

 

We are going to give priority to the following questions :

• What global governance do the ecological, social and citizen transitions need? (2015)

• How to help the political and social forces to influence international institutions so that they evolve towards a confederative world State, for which they will propose the shape and the architecture? (2016)?

How the paradigm of the commons and the protection of global public goods can help us to develop a both binding and attractive participatory legal framework (2017)?

 

Moreover, in 2015 we are writing files  under the topic  "Who's Who in global governance." These files will help us to consolidate our network. This cartography of think tanks, institutes and initiatives in the field of global governance is to be published on our website and be updated regularly. This database is also designed to reinforce other areas:

• It will help to provide the basis for the global governance Forum "Dicasteries of  world governance".

• It will allow updating the possible and effective collaborations and partnerships by highlighting the resource persons for the network.

• Finally, the publication of blog articles on current events as seen from a perspective of democratic governance. This will help us to update regularly our "strategic vision".

We have called "do tank"  our second component, which seeks to stimulate the networking of organizations in a movement for the transition towards a responsible, sustainable and inclusive global society.

From 2007 to 2015, the coordinators and members of FnWG participated in many forums, seminars and meetings, weaving strong bonds in all continents. This network activity has been very useful to build around the Forum a large alliance of actors who share broadly the same analysis and vision of the world, especially concerning globalization, its empowering potentiality as well as its immediate dangers.

As part of the World Democratic Forum, this network is going to be useful to better coordinate the collective action and to put more emphasis on intervention in the public space.

This can happen in two main forms:

- Promoting democratic global governance with key international actors and spaces, especially in the context of the project "Towards a World Citizens Movement”, as well as promoting translocalism i.e. contributiong to coordination with Alternatiba and RIPESS.
- Working locally (Geneva, New York, Hong Yong, Barcelona, ​​Lima, Brussels, etc.) with international governmental and non-governmental organizations: UN and its agencies, IUCN, ITUC, World Council of Churches, World Future Council, UCLG, ICLEI, etc.).
- Searching contacts and discussing with the international political party federations.
- Organizing conferences

 

In this context, we co-organized in March 2015, together with DEEEP / Concord,  Civicus and CGAP, the international seminar "Towards a World Citizens Movement" at the WSF 2015 in Tunis. We want to give continuity to this process. To do this, we will hold working meetings that will help us to build this global citizen movement.

From 2007 to 2015, the FnWG  organized meetings in nearly a dozen regions. The World Social Forum was created fifteen years ago as a response to the World Economic Forum, to state that another world is possible. After all this time, we believe that the actors are familiar enough with the solutions to build a sustainable and inclusive world.

The World Democratic Forum will be a permanent economic, social and political forum, where the contours of this "another necessary world" should be drawn. The forum will work on the definition, feasibility, and eventually the operational conditions of the project that we call "the Dicasteries of the Global Governance". This project, currently under a consultation process, can have a great symbolic impact and advance awareness to the need for democratic global governance.
 

The first stage  is about launching and facilitating discussions within the international civil society (as in social forums, “transitional” oriented networks, deliberations taking place in popular and citizens assemblies) about the preparation and suites of the Sustainable Development Goals Conference (New York, September 2015) and the UN Climate Conference, COP 21 (Paris, December 2015). The focus should be on the development and dissemination of systemic proposals, rather than  non sector-specific ones as in the past.