View Building Global Democracy
The growing integration of the European Union is proof that a global evolution to federalism may be slow and messy but inevitable, and it is not a coincidence that the European Union is trying to promote the United Nations and the concept of multilateralism to restrain the Bush administration’s military Pax Americana. We need global agreements not just to expand “free trade,” but also to protect worker rights and set environmental and safety standards for agriculture, industry and medicine. The United Nations needs the authority to tax corporations and nations, and the power to collect those taxes. We need to add a second chamber to the United Nations that represents the world on a population basis, not just as nation-states. We need a permanent, standing international military force with a clear mandate to enforce world law, starting with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and reform the UN Security Council to make it a more legitimate body for governing world force.
Ensure access to technology for the developing world
We need to strengthen the capacity of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Development Program to disseminate new technologies to the developing world. Agencies in the developed world should expand research into technologies appropriate to the needs of the developing world, and support programs of technology transfer to the developing world. International institutions such as WHO, FAO, UNCTAD, UNDP, and UNESCO should be expanded to support technological diffusion in the developing world.
Bridging the North-South Divide