World Citizen Diplomacy: Appeals and Analysis.

People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens are fulfilling the first requirements of sanity in our times.

     In this period of world transformations, independent voices are needed, to warn, to highlight the need for cooperative action and to propose measures for the peaceful resolution of disputes. On behalf of world citizens, the Association of World Citizens, which has consultative status with the United Nations, issues Appeals for UN action and measures to be taken by individual governments, multilateral institutions and non-governmental organizations. These World Citizen Diplomacy Appeals aim to reduce violence, protect human rights, and to create bridges between cultures.

New Challenges and Responses:
A Framework for Action by Citizens of the World

René Wadlow*

The New Global Context

2018 is in the process of becoming an important year in the emerging world society. The United Nations has a new Secretary General and is in the process of evaluating its priorities. Likewise, Non-governmental organization are reviewing their capacity of action to meet new challenges of armed conflicts and persistent poverty.

Although progress has been made in many social and economic fields, persistent poverty still remains the daily life of many people - what Paul Collier has called “the bottom billion”. (Paul Collier. The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It Oxford University Press, 2008)

Citizens of the World have always stood for a simple yet powerful idea that humanity must think of itself as one society and thus must unite in developing the basic policies that advance peace with justice. A central task is to develop a problem-solving,future-oriented global view which addresses the issues of our new era:
to overcome persistent poverty;
to reduce ecological degradation;
to develop conflict-resolution measures to abolish armed violence.

The United Nations and world citizens have been at the forefront of efforts to promote an economic system which puts the basic needs of people first. The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights incorporated economic, social and cultural rights such as the right to work, the right to social security, the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to health, and the right to education. World Citizens hold that people-centered economic growth will be the result of economic and social policies which are consciously designed to meet basic needs - policies and practices which are ecologically-sound. Ecologically-sound development requires a new orientation of moral and spiritual values. Concepts of caring, respect, sharing and cooperation with others must be at the center of the values of Citizens of the World.

World Citizens are helping with this vast transformation toward a cosmopolitan, humanist world society. Thus we uphold a set of values, attitudes and ways of life which promote an awareness of the unity of humanity and the need to live in harmony with Nature.