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Debate between Dorina, Josep Maria and Michael.

After Lampedusa and Evangelii Gaudium, this address is very important because it gives a new perspective to the European process, he invites to reflect on who we are, and confirms the basis of the EU : peace, subsidiarity, solidarity, humanism.

      This visit has been specially prepared, by an internal report on the revolution of the catholic church and a visit of the President of the EU parliament to Rome. The EU parliament has received Pope Francis with expectations regarding future orientations for the EU. He answered by proposing an anthropological change, an EU non built around economy but around human person open to transcendence.

But this address was dedicated to elites and the understanding can be different for countries who have experienced communism. Precisely this trauma can be healed by giving people the sense of their life.

  Because many forces of the globalisation accentuate the economic and ideological divisions, our world is in need of translation, between the local and the global, between religions and civil society and across borders.

I. A World in Need of Translation

                Despite the deepening ties and structures that connect people across borders in our world today, profound inequalities continue to divide the human family. Globalization, as many have recognized, seems to have two sides. On the one hand, the post-Westphalian model of absolute state sovereignty has collapsed in light of global financial interdependence, new communication technologies, global cultural connections, and common threats posed by pandemic diseases, transnational terrorism, and climate change. For better and for worse, governments have ceded aspects of sovereignty to a number of actors including more than 230 state-sponsored intergovernmental organizations, transnational policy networks such as the Group of 20 Finance Ministers, and powerful transnational corporations such as ExonMobile. 

At the same time, many of the forces that build global connections also serve to accentuate and deepen economic and ideological divisions. These massive inequalities at the national and global levels, as the 2010 and 2011 United Nations Human Development Reports highlight, seriously threaten the health and wellbeing of the poor and the global common good.

Albania is a typical country where the communist dictatorial regime tried to influence the creation of a new type of citizen with moral values and mentality based on communist ideology. The state machinery pushed the whole society in a class struggle, not only against the persons descending from the so called overthrown exploiting classes but even against the whole population mentality and ethics considered to be not in line with the recipes given by the communist regime.

A relevant report written by a panel of people with int. experience in various fields...downloaded by more than half a million people. Insights about the future, mega trends, and the global governance we need to face the challenges.

Executive Summary

As the world slowly emerges from the devastating Financial Crisis, it is time to reflect on the lessons of this turbulent period and think afresh about how to prevent future crises.

Social networks, blogs, and online media offer citizens access to public life in an unprecedentedly direct way. Is the internet revolutionising democratic practice?

This topical question will be raised this year during the World Forum for Democracy, organised by the Council of Europe with the support of the French government, the Alsace Region and the City of Strasbourg.

This tribune is based on Pascal Lamy's speech, President of Honour of Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute and General Director of the World Trade Organisation, during the 5th edition of the World Policy Conference organised in Cannes (France) on 8 december 2012 on an IFRI initiative. He reviews achievements and difficulties of the global governance and suggests avenues for progress.

Draft programme (as of 2 August ) of the Civil Society Debate on "Inclusive Democracy" organized by the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe on Sunday the 7th of October, 2012. Council of Europe, Strasbourg.

An event organized during the week of the World Forum for Democracy : “Bridging the gap”, Democracy: between old models and new realities. Strasbourg, 5-11 October 2012

This document, written by Kevin Ahern/IMCS for the CIDSE Working Group on Global Governance, summarizes the reflections of the CIDSE–Caritas Internationalis Background Paper: “Working Towards Progressive Global Governance” published in April 2004. The Working Group would like to thank Fr. Pete Henriot/Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection and Lorna Gold/Trócaire for their valuable inputs as well as Secours Catholique/Caritas France, Pax Romana and ALBOAN for contributing to the French and Spanish translations.

 Introduction and background


For the last few years, global governance has been an important cross-cutting issue in the advocacy work of CIDSE and Caritas Internationalis (CI). This booklet summarizes the reflections contained in the paper ‘Working Towards Progressive Global Governance1’ (2004). One of the main goals of the paper was to identify the basic values and principles of Global Governance based on Catholic Social Teaching which informs CIDSE and CI’s advocacy on global governance. In its turn, this booklet seeks to outline the most important features of the paper in order to raise greater awareness on the important issues surrounding global governance.