The Mother of All Coalitions
2nd conference of the Organisation
for Promoting Global Civilization (OPGC)
by Martin Schuijt
Interpress Srvice, November 30,
At the second conference of the Organisation for Promoting Global
Civilisation (OPGC) this month, participants from around the world
argued that the United Nations is effectively hamstrung because
it lacks political or military authority, and cannot even generate
its own revenues.
Even as the U.N. is called on to tackle
enormous problems like ethnic, state and religious conflicts and
sustainable use of natural resources, the organisation reflects
the imbalance of power that exists between powerful and weak nations,
According to the OPGC, in a rapidly globalising
world, people need to rethink the meaning of terms like "nation",
"race", "religion" and "culture".
The brainchild of Zhang Shaohua, an academic
at the International Natural Science and Social Science Academy
and founder of the OPGC, the idea is to create a federal system
with an assembly of individual states and a central government.
Under the proposal, the United Nations
would continue to exist as the World Coalition Parliament, exercising
legislative power while the prospective World Coalition Government
would be the highest executive body.
In an open letter, the group proposed
that the U.N. General Assembly discuss the possibility of establishing
a World Coalition Government (WCG).
"Contrary to the current United
Nations, the WCG would be vested with the full spectrum of authority
and power that duly belongs to a supranational government,"
the letter stated.
"The World Coalition Government
will be endowed with the centralised power to exercise political
authority over all state governments. It will guarantee political
independence to all state governments in the world in the same
way as the European Union. Finally, it will provide the platform
to promote cooperative political interaction between state governments
that is unique to the United Nations."
The OPGC is a New York-based non-profit
organisation promoting the spirit of global civilisation by trying
to resolve conflicts between cultures and religions through international
meetings and debates.
The group has also proposed that Sep.
11, the day of the terrorist attacks against the United States,
be officially remembered as "Global Civilisation Day",
to emphasise the urgent need for peace in a world still dominated
by political, religious and cultural conflicts.
"From the present-day viewpoint,
it may be said that the establishment of the global confederation
of states and civilisations is Utopia," said Yuri Yakovets,
president of the P. Sokorin International Institute and a professor
at the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.
Yet "nothing unites like the consciousness
and existence of common threats, present in the 21st century",
he said, referring to political instability, natural disasters
and global warming.
All this raises the question of whether
the world's most politically and economically powerful nations
would have any interest in ceding their sovereignty to such a
body. But Shaohua says the answer is to establish a "skeleton
set-up...and gradually flesh it out".
"If creation of the European Union
had been postponed until after a consensus would have been reached
by all the countries in Europe or by all the citizens of those
countries on the question of creating a European Union, the European
Union would never have made its appearance in Europe at all,"
"Similarly, if creating a world
coalition government is postponed until after the heads of state
of all countries across the world would have a consensus on this
matter, a world coalition government will never appear on the
horizon of world politics."
Dr. Shamsul Alam, an associate professor
of sociology at Southern Oregon University in the United States,
noted that while civil society is becoming increasingly interconnected,
states remain within locked their borders, and the role of the
U.N. should be reformulated to connect the state with civil society.
"States are the problem that stand
in the way of solving great global problems," said Dr. Sergey
Afanasev of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences. "Modern
science works secretly and separate, therefore there are still
no solutions available for numerous global problems."
William Beeman, a linguistic anthropologist
at Brown University, notes that, "The great difference between
now and before is that we have more communication technologies."
So the possibilities of sharing knowledge, creating cultural understanding
and solving political problems would be greatly enhanced under
a centralised body -- or even a reformed U.N.
The First World Congress of Global Civilisation
was held in July 2001 and adopted a resolution promoting religious,
cultural and political cooperation. At this second congress, politics
was the central theme. But this meeting made clear that U.N. reform
should not just be political -- cultural and religious understanding
across the globe must also be promoted.
As Michael Murphy, a missionary from
New Zealand, said about his experience in the field: "It
doesn't matter if you are from the east or west, north or south,
we all have the same needs and desires for understanding, peace
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