Attended by four hundred participants representing a fair balance of the different regions of the world and of the different socioprofessional spheres, the Assembly foreshadowed a Global Parliament. This was not an isolated event, but the culmination of a large number of international workshops that had been organized according to themes, regions or socioprofessional networks within the framework of the Alliance for a Responsible, Plural and United World. These workshops resulted in the drafting of sixty Proposal Papers, which were presented for the first time in Lille, then at the World Social Forum of Porto Alegre in January 2002. The World Assembly identified common priorities for change on the basis of the concerns of the different socioprofessional groups and the different regions of the world, and outlined the contents of a strategy for change for the twenty-first century. It also discussed and amended the Charter of Human Responsibilities, the indispensable complement to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Charter of the United Nations. It demonstrated that there exists a will for dialogue within the global society that is beginning to take shape and it calls for subsequent action in different regions of the world and in different circles.

  • The Axes of the Alliance and those of the World Citizens Assembly |
    The sixty Alliance Proposals Papers, resulting from the Workshops, Socioprofessional Networks and Continental Assemblies, formulate about 1,500 proposals for change and action in all realms of human activity, from ethics to governance and from the economy to the protection of the biosphere. These proposals are of variable importance and many convergences appeared among proposals from different sources. They were reorganized around about twenty axes.
  • World citizens assembly : challenges, course of events, results |
    In Lille, France, from the 2nd to the 10th of December 2001 the first World Citizens' Assembly was held, prefiguring a Planetary Parliament with its goal of developing dialogue within a world society represented in all its geographical and socio-professional diversity. Representing an important step in the building of the Alliance for a Responsible, Plural and United World, the World Assembly provided a framework for a process of identification of common priorities for change based on the concerns of the different socio-professional milieus of the different regions of the world. It also was the setting for the drawing up of a Charter of Human Responsibilities, a necessary adjunct to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Charter. It allowed to set up the contents of an agenda for the 21st century. It demonstrated the desire to see new forms of dialogue appear within a world society in the making. It can serve as inspiration and reference in the methodological field for the future of the Alliance, in particular setting up regional citizens' assemblies. It gave birth to the Planetary Parliament that it prefigured.


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