Are there workable normative worldviews for global governance?

This paper Are there workable normative worldviews for global governance – gaston Meskens was a contribution to the U4 Conference “Global Studies: Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives” organised by the Ghent Centre for Global Studies on 28 June 2014. from the conference website: Global Studies is an inherently transnational and interdisciplinary field

A statement on Supporting a Stand-alone Goal on Equality towards the United Nations Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

A message from Deborah Rogers, President, IfE (Initiative for Equality). We urgently need your organization’s signature on a joint civil society statement to the UN, urging them not to delete the goal on equality from the new Sustainable Development Goals that are being drafted. As you may know, after the

Workshop – Converging on a peoples transformative agenda for sustainable development, Ramapo College, NJ, US

Background While the nations of the world tussled with the official documents and the statements and proclamations at the Rio+20 Summit, a vigorous Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties movement had begun to take shape—presenting an alternative, grass-roots view of what people think sustainable development might look like. The Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties (PST)

The right to be responsible

Discussion text published on the occasion of the Post-2015, Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals events, United Nations General Assembly, New York, September 2013 (Dutch version: read here) Since last year, I moderate a discussion about human rights among an international network of NGO’s. The discussion is part of

Het recht om verantwoordelijk te zijn

Vertaling van een discussietekst gepubliceerd ter gelegenheid van de ‘Post-2015’ –, ‘Millennium Development Goals’ – en ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ activiteiten in het kader van de United Nations General Assembly, New York, September 2013 (english version: read here) Sinds vorig jaar organiseer ik een discussie over mensenrechten binnen een internationaal netwerk

Conversation at the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis – ‘The human rights principle for sustainable development governance’

A conversation on The human rights principle for sustainable development governance when: World Social Forum 2013, 27 March 2013, 13h00 – 15h30 where: Room TD4 at the University Campus El Manar, Tunis. See the event flyer here. Visit the official website of the World Social Forum here. […] What if

Introducing: Philosophical Activism

What is philosophical activism? What makes philosophy philosophical activism and how does it relate to the general notion of philosophy? If the ‘love of wisdom’ motivates, as it is said, a critical systematic approach and a reliance on rational argument, under what conditions is this critical stance to be considered

When poetry becomes suspicious – On the need for philosophical activism for global governance

[Lecture done during the Philosophical Activism workshop on the 15th of February 2013 in Ghent, Belgium] Summary Activists react against dominant political, economic or social power structures they perceive unfair. They do so by denouncing, subverting, sabotaging or damaging public emergences or institutional representations of these power structures or, in

The human rights principle for sustainable development governance

[Paper presented at the Earth Systems Governance Tokyo Conference ‘Complex Architectures, Multiple Agents’, 28 – 31 January 2013, United Nations University Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan] Summary Sustainable development is impossible without a continuous care for the implementation of human rights as made explicit in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and

A politics of confrontation for sustainable development governance

[Paper presented at the 2012 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change] This paper proposes an alternative qualitative vision on sustainable development that could inspire a global ethics for societal development and intergenerational accountability and, at the same time, expose specific responsibilities for policy, the private sector,

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