Provisional World Parliament

The Constitution for the Federation of Earth is a brilliant document designed to make possible the peaceful, free, and just functioning of our human community within a framework of planetary health and sustainability. Its ratification and implementation are also brilliantly conceived to make these not only practically possible for humanity but eminently legitimate and legally compelling.

Before ratification (the criteria for which is outlined in Article 17), the people of Earth are understood to be in the phase of Provisional World Government, as outlined in Article 19. We have the right and the duty to start it now, and to lay the infrastructure for the emergence of the final World Parliament as described in Article 17. Under Article 19, all of the agencies or organs of the Earth Federation government as described in the Earth Constitution may be begin, and the World Electoral Districts and other administrative organs of the Earth Federation can be initiated.

Those working on behalf of the Earth Constitution to date, primarily members of WCPA, have initiated several commissions, such as the Electoral Commission and the Ratification Commission. They have also initiated the Collegium of World Judges as called for by Article 9 of the Constitution, and, most fundamentally, they have initiated the Provisional World Parliament (PWP) along with its complementary Commission for Legislative Review. The first session of the Parliament took place in 1982 in Brighton, England, with participants from many countries assembled to pass World Legislative Acts, thereby beginning the elaboration of a concrete legal structure for humanity to replace the false and unworkable “legal structure” of so-called “international law.” In this and subsequent sessions of the PWP, people have come together from around the world in order to foster and promote the Provisional World Parliament as the seed and core of the final World Parliament outlined by and being developed under the Earth Constitution.

Thus, the Provisional World Parliament (PWP) was formed in 1982 under the authority of Article 19 of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. It held its first session that year at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, England with some 125 participants from countries around the globe and presided over by Sir Chaudhry Mohammad Zefrullah Khan, former Foreign Minister of Pakistan and former President of the UN General Assembly.

Since then, there have been a total of 15 sessions of the Parliament held in locations around the world:

  • Brighton, England, 1982
  • New Delhi, India, 1985
  • Miami Beach, Florida, 1987
  • Barcelona, Spain, 1996
  • Malta, 2000
  • Bangkok, Thailand, March 2003
  • Chennai, India, December 2003
  • Lucknow, India, 2004
  • Tripoli, Libya, 2006
  • Kara, Togo, 2007
  • Nainital, India, 2009
  • Kolkata, India, 2010
  • Lucknow, India, 2013
  • Kolkata, India, 2015
  • New Delhi, India, December 2021
  • Forthcoming: Pondicherry, India, Spring 2023

Delegates have approved some 72 World Legislative Acts (WLAs) that have continued to elaborate the spirit and letter of the Earth Constitution. These acts can be found under “Provisional World Parliament” at www.oneworldrenaissance.com.

The Provisional World Parliament is the main organ developed to date under the authority of Article 19, which directs the people of Earth to initiate Provisional World Government. Other aspects of the Provisional World Government are being activated, such as the Collegium of World Judges. These other aspects will be working with the Provisional World Parliament to elaborate the infrastructure of a fully democratic world system under the Earth Constitution.

The World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) and the Earth Constitution Institute (ECI) are the custodians of the Provisional World Parliament, organizing for future sessions and preserving the record of its past accomplishments. The current Secretary of the PWP is Dr. Eugenia Almand, who is also Secretary-General of WCPA. The current President of the PWP is Dr. Glen T. Martin, who is also President of WCPA and ECI.

How to Participate

Organizations and individuals are welcome to affiliate with the Provisional World Parliament by supporting its work and its mission. We appreciate the support that many people and organizations have given to the development and maintenance of the PWP over the years.

Delegates to the Provisional World Parliament must be signatories of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth and represent some group or organization that supports the Constitution. They are certified as voting delegates when these conditions are met. Observers are also welcome at sessions of the PWP but may not vote on proposed legislation or resolutions.

The next session of the Parliament has been announced for spring of 2023 in Pondicherry, India. Details for registration and participation are forthcoming. The call for proposals for World Legislative Acts will also go out soon. Proposals must be sent by prospective parliament delegates to the Committee for Legislative Review headed by Dr. Eugenia Almand, at least by December 2022. They must conform to the spirit and letter of the Earth Constitution and not duplicate in whole or part existing provisional World Legislative Acts (found on this website at https://earthconstitution.world/world-legislative-acts/). They may also modify previously existing acts. These proposals must be written in the style and format for legislative drafting as recommended by the Committee for Legislative Review.

One extraordinary and compelling feature of the Earth Constitution is that it allows the people of Earth to begin Provisional World Government even before the Constitution is ratified. That is because the world is in crisis, both environmentally and with the on-going threat of nuclear holocaust and more devastating pandemics. We must begin our work now, not wait for the failed UN or the militarized power-crazed nation-states to take unlikely steps to create a decent future for humanity.

Article 19 provides guidelines about what can and should be done. These guidelines include the activation of the Provisional World Parliament (PWP). WCPA is currently drawing up the 1000 World Electoral Districts required for the House of Peoples in the World Parliament and activating people living within various districts to organize their own Election Commissions. These Commissions will not only define the district further, but will institute voter registration with secure, digital on-line voting arrangements so that the people of Earth may begin directly electing their representatives to the forthcoming Virtual World Parliament. Please stand by and check this website for more on these exciting developments.

The 16th Session of the Provisional World Parliament, scheduled for Pondicherry, India in spring of 2023, may well have some of its delegates chosen by voting from these World Electoral Districts that are now being developed and organized. Remember that anyone can be a delegate who is signatory to the Constitution and who represents some constituency, even a small one like a WCPA Chapter. They may also represent an Electoral District. Delegates or observers may also represent a nation, or a UN agency. People may attend as official observers without fulfilling the criteria that are set for delegates.

The 16th Session, therefore, will be a major world historical event, moving humanity a giant step closer to a just, peaceful, and environmentally sound world system. Please join with us in making this historic step toward a decent world system. Become a member of WCPA,  sign the Earth Constitution, contribute your volunteer work or a donation to the cause, and/or become a delegate to the 15th Session of the PWP.

Significance of the Provisional World Parliament