Revitalizing the UN from the Grassroots
Felicia Naranjo Martinez
Felicia Naranjo Martinez brings over 20 years of executive, managerial, and operations experience to her role as Executive Director of the Colorado European Union of Excellence (CEUCE). She served first as the CEUCE’s Associate Director (2009-2012) and then as its Executive Director (2013-present.) Full Bio.
President and CEO
Earl James is a veteran of over 40 years of non-profit coalition-building and political activism for social change in the areas of global peace and security, environmental protection, and public health. From post-war Bosnia and poverty-stricken Eastern Kentucky to the halls of Congress and the United Nations, he has worked on the ground and in the corridors of power to help secure a just and democratic world for all. Full Bio
The Rev. Dr. Karen A. Hamilton B.A. M.Div. Th.M. D.Min. Karen Hamilton currently serves Church and World as the General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches. In that role, Dr. Hamilton organized the 6th Annual G8 Interfaith Leaders Summit, bringing together senior faith leaders from the G8 countries and G20 regions at the University of Winnipeg, Canada in 2010.
Dr. Hamilton is also a long-term member and Chair of The World Federalists of Canada, an NGO focussed on issues of global governance and an executive member of the international World Federalist Movement for which she chaired the Statutes and By-Laws revision. And she trained as a classical singer.Full Bio.
Dr. Richard Ponzio
Richard Ponzio is Director of the Just Security 2020 Program at the Stimson Center, which is dedicated to advancing the recommendations of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance. Previously, he directed the Global Governance Program at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, where he served as Director for the Commission. A widely published scholar-practitioner, he has served in both the United Nations and U.S. State Department.
WE, THE WORLD
Vision: A world that works for all.
Mission: To maximize social change globally through a Movement of Movements dedicated to implementing solutions to the many challenges we face on the planet, working for the common good.
We, The World is a global coalition-building 501 (c)(3) organization that annually connects and promotes thousands of socially conscious organizations and individuals to amplify their efforts and generate public awareness and action.
Advisors and Supporters include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Deepak Chopra, Bill McKibben, Marianne Williamson, Tavis Smiley, Patch Adams, Hazel Henderson and 70 other visionary leaders from around the world.
We, The World's flagship prorgram is 11 Days of Global Unity-11 Ways to Change the World (September 11 -21 is a worldwide platform for the promotion of peace, justice, sustainability and transformation that annually includes as many as 700 associated events in over 60 countries around the world. It culminates on September 21st, the International Day of Peace.
Jonathan Granoffis an attorney, author and international advocate emphasizing the legal, ethical and spiritual dimensions of human development and security, with a specific focus on advancing the rule of law to address the threats posed by nuclear weapons. He is president of the Global Security Institute, Senior Advisor to the ABA’s Committee on Arms Control and National Security and Co Chair of the ABA Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nuclear Non-proliferation. Full Bio.
Don Kraus currently serves on the World Federalist Movement's Institute for Global Policy Executive Committee, and is tackling cliimate change as Field Development Coordinator for Citizens' Climate Lobby, He led Citizens for Global Solutions for six years as President and CEO and previously served CGS as Executive Vice President and Outreach Director.
The Workable World Trust was established by Dr. Joseph E. Schwartzberg to disseminate and promote support for the scores of proposals in Dr. Schwartzberg’s book, Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World, (TUNS) published in 2013 by the United Nations University Press. More generally, the Trust will work to promote a progressively better world through improved decision-making and program execution within the United Nations and in other global governance agencies.
Specific near-term activities of the Trust will include:
-Expending efforts to increase sales of TUNS in Anglophone countries,
largely in the form of an e-edition.
-Subsidizing translation of TUNS into major world languages,
specifically Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese,
Russian and Ararabic.
-Creating and disseminating appropriate electronic teaching media
keyed to the ideas put forward in TUNS.
-Planning and subsidizing conferences related to ideas in TUNS.
-Creating liaisons in regard to TUNS with staff of the UN Secretariat, national missions to the UN, national ministries of external affairs, appropriate NGOs and INGOs, think tanks, influential media and academics, and other potentially influential persons.
-Providing partial financial support for carefully vetted specific initiatives to agencies with goals similar to those of the Trust.
.Citizens for Global Solutions
Citizens for Global Solutions was established 70 years ago by such luminaries as Norman Cousins, Oscar Hammerstein II and Albert Einstein because of their belief that the newly established United Nations was not strong enough to prevent war. They sought to establish a world federation of nations where nations trade the degree of sovereignty needed to ensure peace between nations. Today, the Vision of Citizens for Global Solutions is: A peaceful, free, just and sustainable world community.
CGS Education Fund Mission: Educate and advocate for a democratic federation of nations with enforceable world law to:
-Abolish war and global violence in the resolutions of disputes
-Protect universal human rights and freedoms
-Restore and sustain our global environment
The Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE) aims to foster links between the United States Mountain West and the European Union by promoting mutual understanding and engagement among students, educators, researchers, policymakers, business and legal practitioners, and the public.
It is one of eight partner institutions forming the Network of EU Centers of Excellence in the US. CEUCE promotes transatlantic people-to-people links through teaching, research and outreach activities; the first two of which are campus-centered and the last of which engages us with partners and interlocutors from across the Mountain West region.
CEUCE aims to become the focal point, the central node, in all of the networks linking our region of the United States with the European Union, committed to the belief that existing and potential transatlantic bonds will decisively shape our shared fates.
The World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy was established in 1947 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to the realization of global peace and justice through the development of democratic institutions and the application of international law. WFM is primarily an international movement of member organizations supported by tens of thousands of individual members from almost every nation in the world.
One of WFM’s flagship programs, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court consists of more than 2,500 member organizations from 150 countries playing a unique and central role in fostering international justice and fighting against impunity for perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. In the late 1990’s, the CICC played a pivotal role in the establishment of the International Criminal Court, and this crowning achievement is cited as an example of how the Commission on Global Governance hopes civil society will rally to create significant change in our global governance system today.
Global Voice works to bring together global governance policy advocates to seize the extraordinary opportunity presented by the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance’s Call to Action - inviting civil-society advocates to help reform current global institutions and create new institutions to tackle the major threats and opportunities of our chaotic and violent era.
Conor Seyle is Director of Research, One Earth Futuere Foundation, a political psychologist with a PhD in social psychology from the University of Texas. He plans and directs the activities of the research department along with conducting his own research, which focuses on questions of what predicts and what resolves political conflict, including the role of identity and self-concept in driving political conflict; the predictors of successful deliberative discussion of political issues; and predictors of successful interventions in communities affected by natural disasters or war. Full Bio.
Kit Bigelow has worked on promotion and protection of human rights, religious freedom, and women’s rights as an executive, advisor, and mentor to organizations, businesses and individuals. As director of external affairs for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the U.S. for twenty-five years, she advocated for these issues as well as for U.S. ratification of several UN human rights treaties, including a decade as national co-chair on the UN Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). She has worked on these issues, along with other nongovernmental organizations, at the White House, the State Department, the Congress, the United Nations, and with the news media.Full Bio.
Rick Ulfik is Founder and Board Chair of We, The World, Founder and a Principal Organizer of the WE Campaign at WE.net, a global network of collaboration and action. He is Co-Creator and Principal Organizer of 11 Days of Global Unity - 11 Ways To Change The World, a platform for change agents worldwide to raise awareness and take action collectively.
Robert Berg is a Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center. He is also the advisor to the board of the World Academy of Art and Science; chairman of the board of the Alliance for Peacebuilding; chair of an advisory board at the University of California, Davis; a fellow of the Royal Africa Society and the Academic Council of the United Nations. Full Bio.
The Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly is a global network of parliamentarians, non-governmental organizations, scholars, and dedicated citizens that advocates democratic representation of the world's citizens at the United Nations. A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, UNPA, for the first time would give elected citizen representatives, not only states, a direct and influential role in global policy.
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