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Alliance 21: Making Another World Possible
Evaluations, Visions, Proposals, and Projects
Alliance for a Responsible, Plural and United World
April 2003

The first three parts :

- Evaluation and Vision of the Future
- Proposals and Projects
- Report on the Participatory Process Used for the Evaluation and Future of the Alliance :


- The second stage of the Alliance

 

Part Three :

Report on the Participatory Process Used for the Evaluation
and Future of the Alliance

EIFE and delibera.info-alliance e-forums, and Porto Alegre Meeting
March 2002 - April 2003

12. PROPOSAL FOR THE COLLECTIVE ELABORATION OF A CHARTER OF PRINCIPLES OF THE ALLIANCE

Interpretation of the 7 appraisals and 15 comments.

It was unanimously considered that it was necessary to elaborate a Charter of Principles of the Alliance that would define the rights and duties, mainly moral, but perhaps not exclusively, of a person or an organization participating in the Alliance (as is done for the World Social Forum).

It would be necessary to begin the Charter with a brief definition of the Alliance and a brief description of its organization. The most frequently given definition refers to the Platform, but, with some reservations, it was stated that recent practice, corresponding to its dynamics, insists less on the reference to the Platform and more to its form of organization. Moving in this direction, it seems that the Charter cannot be written before we agree on new organization principles, which everyone would accept, although this statement was qualified. To one person it seemed very complicated to obtain this universal acceptance and another considered this to be like a cat chasing its own tail, since it can lead to having the discussion on the Charter of Principles be a discussion on organization principles and reminds us that there are three big pending tasks: organization, principles, and human responsibilities...

With respect to the Charter of Human Responsibilities, there was disagreement (although there was a minimal majority in favor) as to whether the Charter of Principles of the Alliance was much more urgent than the production or the circulation of a Charter of Human Responsibilities. It was also argued in the same proposal that for being premature, the Charter of Human Responsibilities would be in danger of appearing as a set of abstract principles, while a Charter to which the Allies would be committed would have an immediate practical application within the Alliance. With regard to this statement, someone considered that the two could be worked on and someone stated that the Charter of Responsibilities could be applied in the Charter of Principles.

Most also agreed that, with respect to the content of the Charter, it could be based on the fundamental Alliance documents (the Platform and the short presentations of the Alliance), on the Charter of Principles of the World Social Forum, and on other texts of principles such as those shared by the cooperative movement. One comment also suggested as reference documents the Charter of Human Responsibilities and the proposals of the “governance” workshop.

Along the same previous lines, it was considered that reaching an appropriate definition of the workgroups, of their organization, of their objectives and of their position in the Alliance, will be progress toward a Charter of Principles of the Alliance. Other questions to be examined also seemed very important and agreed upon: Who can decide whether an electronic forum can be opened an how, or whether a meeting can be organized? What are the relationships between the workgroups and their backers and vice-versa? How can we define a collective agenda?

For the writing of the Charter, everyone agreed that a corpus could be established as a basis for thinking and discussion. To do so, a debating forum should be set up, which could be in the form of an electronic forum.

To fit this debate in with the other consultations in progress in the Alliance, it could be integrated into the forum on the evaluation of the past and future of the Alliance, if it is indeed extended to all the Allies.

It was suggested (with some reservations) to send an open letter to all the Allies to collect their proposals and their positions, along the model used for the constitution of the International Facilitation Team.

With still more differences of opinion, the active participants of the forum could propose a first draft to be presented to all the Allies by regular mail. The Allies could also send by regular mail their proposal for a Charter to a fixed address.

Lastly, a face-to-face meeting could also be organized, but though they do not constitute a majority, there was a very significant (and exceptional on this forum) number of persons who were opposed to a meeting of a limited number of Allies (a dozen) having previously given thought to this question, read the texts that could help in the writing of the Charter, etc.

 2001 Alliance pour un monde responsable, pluriel et solidaire. Tous droits rZservZs.