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The Agenda for the Second Phase (May - October 2003)
WP21 team
Wednesday, 21 May 2003 01:38:51 +0200


Dear participants,
We are introducing here the agenda for the second phase.

The agenda for the second phase (May - October 2003)
The aim of the thematic agenda in the 1st phase was to cover exhaustively and extensively all the ideal space surrounding the proposal for a WP, from the formulation of values, the WP in the context of the global governance, its organization, its processes... to its setting up and the first steps to achieve it. Such exhaustiveness made difficult to deepen in each part, but it allowed us to see it importance of each one of these steps. It was important to do it as this for to know better each other.

The second phase is a transitory period, in which the team have not funds for multiplying its effort toward other initiatives beyond this initial list, and in which the coming of the (northerly) summer as well as the change to machine translation format for the messages, perhaps can reduce the participation. The idiomatic lists could compensate this possibility. For that reason the objective is, other than let the new participants to be introduced, to deepen in some concrete points that were not dealt enough with, and which the participants have shown a great interest. These are points to be considered also as key aspects for both the current organization of the group and the future or ideal WP organization.

So here is agenda. As we said previously, it will be the same for any list to be created in other languages, so that the future syntheses will resume the whole debate of the different idiomatic lists:

1. May 15 - June 15: Next steps (continuation) + introduction of new participants.
The current participants will continue discussing about the topic of April: * what next steps to really build a WP *, while the new participants, in both the general list as in other lists, can introduce themselves and then being incorporated to this discussion.

This topic is, as the previous ones, far from having been explored in depth, so for to recapturing it we will try here to recapitulate some key points of discussion of this month, which are also linked among them:

a) the original question of this month has been better responded within the dialogue on the agenda for establishing a WP. Answers have varied from the strategy of * do it now * to a detailed program in 5 years. In the middle, some participants have manifested the possibility of really setting up a parliament at a closer or longer term. Other topic perhaps less discussed has been the starting conditions, that could be discussed again. How to be organized among ourselves? Although we have already introduced our project for the 3a phase (winter 2003-04) which in turn had been introduced first to the * working group * list where it has not advanced as much as we hoped, we need help and implication in topics like: fundraising, website building, organization of the team and following of the project. We await your answers. Thanks

b) the role of politicians in the building of a World Parliament. This quest ion has derived quickly toward a debate on the questioning and current crisis of the political function. Problems of corruption, political hierarchy and competitiveness, within parties and political organizations, as well as institutions. The solutions have varied in a range from the replacement with professional politicians to the establishment of measures for more transparency and control, such as having a non-political previous social experience, the pledge over a list of principles and values, as well as disposing the means for well executing their mandate, and mechanisms for external evaluation.

c) the role of civil society and citizenship. Do the recent proposals from civil society (p. ex. fair trade, universal income, international trade and finance taxes, etc.) do part of a program for global democracy, as a way of representing the different citizen fights? Or should we concentrate our effort, even if we risk of not being followed by the whole society which will not understand at the beginning, in pushing the political class towards their support to the democratization of international institutions and the establishment of a world parliament, the only legitimate way to allow after to unblock such initiatives in benefit of the whole citizenship?

d) Finally, here are some initiatives which has yet been introduced, as examples of the later points of discussion, and which could be interesting to review and comment again as part of such dialogue:

- the simultaneous policy, especially how to articulate it with the WP21 * process * (its articulation with a * final * WP has been already discussed, http://www.simpol.org

- the proposal of the voluntary and progressive adhesion of some national governments to a WP in gestation (introduced by Andy Strauss, who is working on it with Richard Falk) 10_strauss

- the proposal of giving political status to the NGO at UN, calling them * Supranational Voluntary Democratic Organisations * (Roger Dittmann) 03_dittmann.html

- Two initiatives of electronic parliament in gestation: one addressed to the 25000 current national parliamentarians http://www.e-parl.net/ (Nicholas Dunlop) and another addressed to the civil society http://www.eparliament.org (led by Sachendra Bista, recently incorporated to the WP21 list)

- Finally other initiatives on electronic deliberation that we have already commented: the * Global Democracy Experience * http://www.tgde.org PlaNet - a network for the planetary citizen http://planetarycitizen.open.ac.uk, and the evaluation of proposals in the Alliance http://propalliance.delibera.info/GB

Finally, you can also deal with other topics, as it has been done for example on art, languages, logo... and many others that you wish to introduce, which can lead us otherwise to organize thematic lists, as we have been proposing recently.

A short introduction of the rest of the agenda for the 2nd phase.
*2. June 15/July 15 *: What a WP could Achieve, Why It Is Needing, depending of your experiences and interests, or also in the point of view of your culture and traditions.

These general questions that can be annoying for those that have with us for a long time, we believe however that they are fundamental ones for all those who are going to incorporate us, many as we hope, especially from regions of the world where the local feeling and the distance from the West are felt more intensively, and inversely where globality is something not very felt and / or accepted. The old participants can then * take holiday * for a while, or if they want, to continue participating in this dialogue, or also to prepare their documentation and arguments for the next topic which is a really important one.

*3. July 15/September 15 *: Deliberative systems, both regarding the WP in their final state as our discussion list group. Should we agree a deliberative and decision-making system among us? Why, and which one, keeping in mind that we are not still more than a virtual community? How to advance in the organization and at the same time how to keep the * brightness * of an open dialogue? Is it possible such combination?

We are giving two months for such a fundamental topic, and even if it can seem a * suicide * action to deal with it in the algid moment of holiday for many, we have not been able to arrange the agenda differently. But don't worry, in case that participation will decreas drastically, we will lengthen the time for this topic until the end of September and we will postpone the next one according to the definitive organization of the third phase of WP21

*4. September 15/October 15 *: Elaboration of an ethical declaration of principles for the WP21 community, the WP and the global community. Some participants have said that we should adopt the many existing texts, instead of trying to invent anything new. So which ones? A month of discussion can allow us a first approach to this issue, without necessarily to reach at the end in any agreed text, it will be important to advance in the breakthroughs, to study and to understand better the richness and strategic and content gaps of texts like the Earth Chart, the constitution the World Federation and many others.

We recommend to those participants specially interested in this topic and in the previous one, to prepare their work and their arguments ahead in time, in order to give place to a debate as rich as possible.

So we leave you now with the following of the topic * next steps for a WP21 *, including its current points of discussion and those elements that we have appointed. Meanwhile we are going to start the new round of invitations.

Thank you for your interest,
WP21 team


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