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PROVISIONAL SYNTHESIS FORUM FOR THE CROSS-EVALUATION OF PROPOSALS FOR A RESPONSIBLE, UNITED AND PLURAL WORLD

SYNTHESIS OF THE FOUR POLES



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1.  CROSS-SYNTHESIS OF THE HUMANITY AND BIOSPHERE POLE (HBP)

2.  CROSS-SYNTHESIS OF THE GOVERNANCE AND CITIZENSHIP POLE (GCP)

2.1  INTRODUCTION

2.2  MOST FAVOURABLY EVALUATED PROPOSALS

GCP I On World Governance

GCP II On National and Local Territorial Governance

GCP III On Citizenship

3.  CROSS-SYNTHESIS OF THE SOCIO-ECONOMY OF SOLIDARITY POLE (SESP)

4.  CROSS-SYNTHESIS OF THE VALUES, CULTURE, ART, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY POLE (VCAESP)

   

2.2 MOST FAVOURABLY EVALUATED PROPOSALS

GCP III. On Citizenship


GCP 22. For the State to be legitimate as well as legal, it should obtain a global view of the society of which it is part. We also need to ask ourselves the following question: what is the present meaning of citizenship? There isn’t an exclusive citizenship. There are plural citizenships that depend on each individual’s history. Citizenship depends on civic education, and on the opportunity that individuals have to belong to society as persons and not as mere economic agents, and to fulfil themselves, for themselves and for others, beyond the perspective of material benefits. (31.09.)

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GCP 23. A new concept of citizenship. Until recently, the "citizen" placed his or her confidence regarding many situations in disinterested and uncontested experts: doctors, teachers, farmers, political leaders. Today these institutions and persons should accept reconsidering their roles, seeing them contractually rather than as a mission. In return, it is obvious that citizens must take on more duties. Citizens will have a voice in their own destinies, with no more clerks to speak in their name (32.02.)

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GCP 24. Beyond the necessary role of the collective movements and the institutions, it is necessary to point out the importance of individual and citizenship responsibility that is also exercised through the act of consumption (at a global level). For instance, the sooner the citizen adopts a mode of ethical and ecological consumption, the sooner good world governance will be achieved. (Article suggested by a participant for proposal 04.)

GCP 25. In the participation process, the total is more than the sum of the different parts

  • Set up rules of consultation that will enable each community to define their options in the face of the challenges and which respect minorities and the diversity of their social structure.
  • Develop awareness of democratic rights that goes hand-in-hand with awareness of democratic duties.
  • Defend the interests of absent third parties: children, handicapped persons, future generations
  • Define objectives without getting lost in detail and by delegating to known discussion partners.
  • Learn on how to evaluate public policies and the real processes of direct participation.
  • Put the accident on the type and quality of the processes as much as on their results. (30.04.)
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GCP 26. Rights I. The question of rights is no longer put merely in terms of defending institutions, but, now, rights have become an instrument of defence for inhabitants. (05.10.)

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GCP 27. Rights II. Authorities do not forget to apply laws against inhabitants. On the other hand inhabitants’ rights are forgotten especially when inhabitants are unaware of their existence. The proposal is therefore to inform and make inhabitants aware of their rights. (05.11.)

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GCP 28. It is necessary to organise, structure and develop the tools appropriate to share information. The geographic and thematic structuring allows the articulation of the levels of territory from the local to the global and the articulation of their roles. To be endowed with tools so as to share information allows the enhancement of their competences and, in this way, the attributes of cognitive elements appropriate for a true expression of active citizenship. The international community will not be fabricated. It will emerge and, in order to make it visible, it is necessary to find the ways and means with which all individuals, wherever they are, can make their voice heard. The development networks constituted, such as the national network of the inhabitants of Cameroon, using the New Information and Communication Technologies in order to share the competences and the expression of citizen values, seem indispensable. (Article suggested by a participant for proposal 04.)

GCP 29. Faced with international institutions in situations of weakness (such as the United Nations), proposals aim at articulating inhabitants’ organisations on international levels to constitute a force, a world alliance capable of influencing decisions. (05.18.)

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GCP 30. For creating an exchange network. Against "producing" events. Media have lost their function as organs of information, of public consciousness, of social evaluation and of putting different social partners into contact together. They no relate events, they create them according to economical or political criteria. (30.05.)

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GCP 31. The role of media is to help make people aware of common problems; sharing out wisdom means increasing wisdom.

  • Create a deeper understanding of territories as being a support for rela tionships between different actors. Use media for distributing important, useful information that is suitable for cultural contexts.
  • Information on events + interpretation of facts + a critical way of looking at participants, at society, at the choices made considered to be essential constituents of good information.
  • Recognition of long-term processes, including the distant future.
  • Independence in the face of economic pressures, of the financial power and in the face of advertisers.
  • Ways of expression for different social groups in order to they express themselves.
  • Sharing experiences freely, exchanging knowledge. (30.06.)
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GCP 32. In favour of slowness – fluctuating time.

  • Time as a link between people and not as a unity of measurement.
  • Seasons’ cyclical time (summer time, winter time).
  • Fluctuating time, autonomy in relation to planned time.
  • Subjective time, emotional time and personal or community rhythms
  • Chosen time and sharing work.
  • Promote complementarity of time (mothers, unemployed and aged per sons, part-time work, etc) as potential means for creating relationships.
  • Make different times coexist (historical times, the present, short and long terms)
  • Control industrial time so that respects geological time (combustion of fossilised energy, absorbing waste)
  • Rehabilitate the present as a privileged moment. (30.14.)
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GCP 33. For the creativity and usefulness of work, against slavery and mercantilism. It is important that work rediscovers its direct relations with satisfying requirements and with creativity. Even if certain jobs are composed of repetitive tasks or are carried out under difficult conditions, the fact that one is doing a useful job is an essential factor for human dignity. Work must be a link to enable people to be in relation with others. The value of relations must be estimated other than by monetary standards. (30.18.)

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GCP 34. Satisfying requirements: for personal individuals and developing communities.

  • Give work its meaning, its humanity and its richness in terms of a per sonal dialogue between individuals and not between a human being and a product.
  • Work for encouraging everyone, being a tool for their creativity and for fulfilling the community's priority requirements - "visible" and useful products.
  • Optimising non-commercial activities.
  • Softening limits between professional and home life that are all too sharply contrasted.
  • Social status not related to work.
  • Basic income guaranteed by the community.
  • Reduction in the role of money as a universal standard of value in ex changes. (30.19.)
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