Coalition for a World Community of Democratic Nations
“The law of nations shall be founded on a federation of free states.”
Immanuel Kant (Perpetual Peace, 1795)
Our purpose is to build a coalition of like-minded international organisations to promote the establishment of a world community of democratic nations.
The aims of the community would include:
• To help to prevent war and build peace in the world
• To preserve and extend freedom and democracy in the world
• To promote solidarity and increase the economic prosperity of its members
• To establish greater co-operation between its members in dealing with global problems
• To lay the foundations of a more effective system of democratic global governance, and an eventual global parliament.
The basic features of such a Community should include:
• A shared decision-making mechanism, such as the qualified majority voting scheme used in the European Union
• A membership open to the accession of new democratic nations, which may eventually become universal
• An assembly of parliamentarians from the member states, to lay the foundations of an eventual global parliament
• A court to settle disputes between members on the basis of international law.
Background and History
Two great civil movements, the world federalist movement and the Atlantic movement, both began in the years just before World War II.
The world federalists campaigned for a global parliament, as a means of preserving world peace, and finding global solutions to global problems.
The Atlantic movement campaigned for a union of the democracies in order to preserve freedom and democracy. Their original objective after the war was to guard against Communism, but later Clarence Streit also advocated a union as a first step towards a global parliament.
These are enormous objectives, and neither has yet been achieved during the following seventy years.
The World Federalists have generally concentrated their efforts on reform of the United Nations, but no significant reform of the Charter has ever yet been attained.