World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy

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Ours is a planet in crisis, suffering grave problems unable to be managed by nations acting separately in an ungoverned world. It has become urgent for the world’s people and governments to join in achieving a new level of global cooperation such as can only be sustained by a commitment to the planet as a genuine community. We make that commitment, and call on our fellow citizens and governments to do the same.

As world federalists, we view the world as one society embracing all of humanity in all its diversity. We affirm that the ideals and principles of community life which are basic to civilized existence can and must be applied to international relations. We also affirm our determination to exercise our rights and responsibilities as citizens of the whole world in order to achieve the high purposes of the United Nations. To this end, we call for urgent progress in developing the democratic world institutions of law by which the world’s people and nations can govern their relations to assure a peaceful, just, and ecologically sustainable world community. These institutions must have actual and sufficient authority to make and enforce law in their given jurisdictions in accordance with the basic federalist principle of subsidiarity, which is the division of political authority and jurisdiction between different levels of government and the solving of problems at the level at which they occur, in general at the most local level possible. For this is the essence of world federalism: to seek to invest legal and political authority in world institutions to deal with problems which can only be treated adequately at the global level, while affirming the sovereignty of the nation-state in matters which are essentially internal.

Our objective is a world order in which the legitimate rights of nations to self-determination are balanced by and consistent with the collective rights of the global community to protect and advance the common good of humanity. Our objective is to have not only governments but individuals recognize their obligation to uphold and affirm world law through allegiance to these institutions. It is the citizen who is finally the rightful source and subject of the authority of world law. Individuals, whether heads of government or ordinary citizens, must be accountable under due process of world law for crimes against humanity.


Open letter to the UN Secretary-General re 2020 annual report on children and armed conflict
WFM-IGP is one of the signatories of the statement
June 22: As NGOs working to alleviate humanitarian suffering and protect human rights, we strongly support UNSC Resolution 1612 (2005) and subsequent resolutions on children and armed conflict…We are, therefore, deeply disappointed and troubled by your new report on children and armed conflict… and in particular, the significant disparities between the evidence presented in the report and the parties listed in its annexes for committing grave violations against children. Read the letter here,

Joint NGO Statement: Oppose Trump Administration Measures against the International Criminal Court
WFM-IGP is one of the signatories of the statement
11 June 2020: The undersigned organizations express their deep concern regarding today’s announcement by Secretary of State Pompeo…, has invoked emergency powers in order to threaten asset freezes and other punitive actions against officials of the International Criminal Court, their family members, and those who assist their investigations. Read the full statement here,

WFM-Press Release- States Must Condemn US Attacks Against the ICC
For Immediate Release, June 11, 2020, New York-
States Parties to the Rome Statute must strongly oppose the persistent, shameful attacks by the U.S. government against the International Criminal Court (ICC), said the World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) today. Read the press release here,

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