What does WCPA stand for? Global Citizenship
The World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) is a global organization whose sole mission is the ratification and implementation of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. This Earth Constitution embodies many important values as well as a vision of how these values could be actualized in a transformed world system once the Constitution has been ratified. The first and foremost value that we affirm is global citizenship, also known as world citizenship.
The Constitution makes every person on Earth a “global citizen” with complete legal quality and dignity with every other person. Each person has extensive human rights as enumerated in Articles 12 and 13. The act of signing up on one of our websites to be a global citizen with a voting ID increases the stature of each of us and leads to the actualization of what is highest in us: our common humanity bearing universal human rights. What additional values do we stand for?
Ten Principles of Global Ethics and World Citizenship
The World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA)
Dialogue. A World Citizen develops the capacity for dialogue directed toward mutual understanding. This includes the ability to listen carefully to others, to thoughtfully understand their point of view, and to celebrate the process of increasing mutual understanding. We also discern the dishonest, divisive speech of oppression and injustice.
Nonviolence. A World Citizen affirms the principle of solving conflicts nonviolently. As Mahatma Gandhi stated, there are dozens of ways to solve conflicts creatively and intelligently, respecting everyone involved. World Citizens promote creative, nonviolent problem-solving, as well as critical analysis of all systems of oppression and exploitation.
Human Rights. World Citizens affirm universal human rights and dignity. All people have dignity because all people participate in the miracle that is human life. We human beings are self-aware beings capable of freedom, creativity, compassion, and justice. We have dignity that must not be violated. World Citizens stand by the rights enumerated by the Earth Constitution, Articles 12 and 13, which include key environmental and peace rights.
Democratic Laws. World Citizens affirm the rule of just, democratic laws based on protection of civil liberties and human rights. They support substantial economic and political equality, freedom, and equal due process before the law for everyone on Earth.
Compassion and Kindness. World Citizens understand that reason and dialogue must be complemented by compassion and kindness. World Citizens are sensitive to the suffering of other people and animals. They act toward others out of kindness and compassion. In Buddhism this is called karuna. In Christianity, it is called agape. In Islam it is salam.
Unity in Diversity. World Citizens understand that the world is a wonderful manifestation of unity in diversity that must be respected and encouraged. We are all one as human beings and as children of the divine, and we are all different from one another in races, cultures, beliefs, nations, and religions. We affirm this principle of unity in diversity for the entire Earth.
Justice–making. World Citizens insist on equal treatment and due process of justice for all persons before the law. If laws are unjust, World Citizens work to change them to protect everyone equally. Where people are being marginalized, hurt, or discriminated against, World Citizens side with the victims. We dismantle all systems of war and injustice.
Sustainability. World Citizens are committed to transforming the process of living on the Earth to sustainable, ecologically friendly forms of economics, production, consumption, and patterns of living. World Citizens are committed to making the Earth a decent place for future generations through protecting and restoring our planetary environment.
Global Education. World Citizens are committed to promoting global education with respect to all these ten principles. People everywhere should be developing global consciousness and global responsibility. We take direct responsibility for the Earth and its future. The essential way to act on our responsibility is to ratify the Earth Constitution.
The Earth Constitution. World Citizens understand that none of these 10 principles can be successful for the Earth without the rule of democratically legislated, enforceable law for everyone under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.
What can I do? Action Protocol for “Global Citizen” (WCPA) members
Registration and Recruitment, the very important first steps:
(1) Register on either of our websites as a world citizen and receive an ID number.
(2) Recruit at least two others to also register and begin a World District Electoral Commission (at least 3 members).
(3) The Commission’s goal is to promote world citizen registration in their District. Hold regular meetings of the Commission. Maintain regular contact with World Headquarters. Find ways to raise funds on behalf of your Commission.
(4) World headquarters will be setting up secure online voting for each world citizen registered. Be sure to monitor this and be ready to take advantage of it.
(5) World headquarters will be organizing elections for delegates to the PWP and referendums, etc. Look for announcements about this so that you can participate.
(6) Electoral Commissions in each district will establish goals for the systematic increase in the number of registered voters, keeping a database of voters and engaging in regular communications with the voters within your district.
The Electoral Commission as a Ratification Commission
The goal of people organized under the Earth Constitution in each World District is to promote ratification of the Constitution under the criteria given in Article 17 and to help establish Provisional World Government under the criteria given in Article 19. This involves many possible different activities, such as:
(1) Promote name recognition and awareness of the Earth Constitution. Systematically mention it on social media, Twitter, Facebook, websites, etc.
(2) Introduce the Earth Constitution to political, educational, and community leaders in the área where you live.
(3) Carry out your own job activities in the name of the Earth Constitution, and place the WCPA logo on walls, tee shirts, websites, etc.
(4) Form study groups of the Earth Constitution. Each global citizen should be aware of how the Earth Federation government will work once it is established.
(5) The World Parliament Academy will be offering courses online to study the Constitution as well as world problems in relation to the Constitution. You can participate in these courses.
(6) You should be able to answer questions about how the Earth Federation government will work.
- (6.1) What are the human rights assured in Articles 12 and 13?
- (6.2) What is the unique role of the Ombudsmus as outlined in Article 11?
- (6.3) How will world law be made? How will it be enforced?
- (6.4) How can amendments be made under the Constitution?
- (6.5) What are its provisions for environmental protection?
- (6.6) Why is there no danger that the world government will become a tyranny?
- (6.7) What functions will the Integrative Complex perform?
- (6.8) What are the specific powers of the Earth Federation government listed in Article 4? What are the “broad functions” listed in Article 1?
(7) Under Article 19, global citizens who ratify the Earth Constitution are empowered to begin “provisional world government.” What has WCPA done throughout its history to make this happen? How can you participate in the development of provisional world government from within your district?