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Ideas are stronger than the sword. - Napoleon
Novel ideas are first ridiculed then they are violently opposed finally they are accepted as common sense. - Schopenhauer
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead
Have a dream, have an ideal and work relentlessly for it. - Paul Hoffman
An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come. - Victor Hugo
Ideas are more powerful than is generally understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else. The power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the encroachment of ideas. - John Meynard Keynes
All progress arises from a dream. When man ceases to dream he abandons himself to sheer luck which will mean his doom. - René Lejeune
People who do not believe in miracles are not realists. - David Ben Gurion
Never underestimate the power of ideas. - Anonymous
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. - Eleanor Roosevelt
A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimension. - Oliver Holmes
A people without a vision will perish (the Bible). Today this applies to the entire humanity. National visions are no longer sufficient and have become largely detrimental to the right evolution and progress of our planet and of humanity. We need new ideas, new visions, new ideals, new miracles, essentially global ones. - Robert Muller
No dream is too big. A World Conference on ideas for the 21st century and third millennium should be held between now and the year 2000. - Barbara Gaughen
I will continue to pressure the world with ideas and proposals until its leaders will change course for the good of all peoples and of the Earth. -Robert Muller
Educator, author, global public relations, and public speaker, Barbara Gaughen has devoted her life to great human causes and a better world through global public relations for world organizations, world leaders, business, education and government. Her Public Relations firm is now in it's 12th year. Prior to this Ms. Gaughen was a Director of the California State Department Career Education Dissemination project, demonstration teacher, and educational consultant.
Equipped with a B.A. from San Diego State University and Masters work in Leadership and Organizational Behavior from the University of California, Santa Barbara and San Diego State University, she has taught post graduate classes for the University of California and has co-authored six books on educational theory and practice. She ran for Country Superintendent of Schools and has been appointed to education and youth committees in Washington, DC.
Her radio show INSPIRING CONVERSATIONS is broadcast world wide. She is the cofounder of Media 21 with Dr. Robert Muller, a PR counsel firm dedicated to preparing the media and organizations for the 21st century. Barbara Gaughen created National Book Blitz month to honor the world's authors and is president of the Book Publicists. Her book, Book Blitz is in it's second printing.
Gaughen created World Spirituality Day on the opening day of the UN
General Assembly. She is a Creative Member of the Club of Budapest
and serves on the Boards of several international organizations. Her
public relations firm has won numerous awards including being named
Best PR Firm for five consecutive years. She is currently running her
Global PR firm from Santa Barbara, CA and Costa Rica. Her dream is
global peace and happiness.
Excerpts from Dr. Muller's book, 2000 Ideas And Dreams For A Better World, will be reissued periodically.
Additional pamphlets of excerpts are available with Dr. Muller's Ideas on vital, current subjects like Ethics, Education, Disarmament, Non-violence, etc.
Excerpts on other subjects can be requested from Gaughen Global Public Relations, phone: (805) 968-8567 and (805) 568-0909 or email: Barbara@rain.org. They are available on computer disc and in printed form. An Index of 93 pages of all topics and subjects covered in the first 1000 Ideas of the 2000 is available for $24.95 plus $5.00 postage on disc or in printed form. 2000 Ideas and Dreams, the first and second volumes of 500 Ideas are available at the UN Bookshop, phone: (800) 553-3210.
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I am very grateful to Barbara Gaughen who gave me the idea and inspiration to write 2000 ideas as a countup to the momentous year 2000.
We must once and for all get out of the chaos of our past and current violent history, and make human life what it was always meant to be by God, namely a true miracle, perhaps unique in the universe, and our planet a paradise.
Let us therefore all come forth with innumerable ideas, dreams, visions, prayers, beliefs, hopes, expectations and actions for a peaceful, happy and magnificent world. Let us fill the last years of this century and millennium with our ideas and dreams.
Here are the first 500 of my own ideas and dreams, after half of a century of world service in the first universal organization of this planet, my beloved United Nations.
When I distributed Barbara Gaughen's flyer for the first time to a group of Elderhostels visiting the University for Peace on its sacred mountain in Costa Rica, a lady teacher from the US said that she would photocopy it and distribute it to all the children of her school. Please do the same. It is not too late. I thank God for having allowed me to meet Barbara Gaughen, to listen to her, to fall in love with her and to become with her a couple, a new whole human being.
May God bless us all and work through all people for the advent of the best millennium ever and a most magnificent, peaceful and happy planet.
You are the artisans, the savers, the caretakers of the Earth and of the human family in the 21st century and next millennium. Please have a vision of what world and what just, peaceful, happy, fulfilled human society you want. A senior world servant offers you in these pages his dreams and ideas which await fulfillment. Please select one or several or many and implement them.
When you succeed, please visit my tomb on sacred Mr. Rasur in demilitarized Costa Rica above the University for Peace and report it to me. Sit on my bench of dreams, overlooking one of the most beautiful sceneries on Earth, and formulate new dreams for a better, well preserved, and beautiful Earth and happier humanity. I will help you during your lives as a spirit from heaven.
Former UN Assistant Secretary General
Chancellor of the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica
coming. On July 11, there will be 2,000 more days until the
year 2000. The next millennium, according to trend watchers,
will find the United States more diverse and more
technological. Although 41 percent of Americans believe the
nation is in decline, some, like futurist Marvin Cetron,
foresee an American renaissance in the coming
years. DATABASE U.S.
population in 1800: 5.3 million; in 1900: 76.2 million;
projected for 2000: 276.2 million; world population now: 5.6
billion; in 2000: 6.2 billion. As
a portion of total U.S. population, the change from 1990 to
2000 for whites: -4%; blacks: .4%, Hispanics: 2.3%; people
ages 45 to 64: 3%. Predicted
job growth for home health care workers from 1992 to 2005:
138%; computer scientists: 112%; lawyers 31%; farmers: -21%
bartenders: -8% chances that an American will be working in
the hospitality industry by 2000: 1 in 10 Portion
of doctorate degrees conferred on women in 1979: 28%; in
1994: 39%; in 2000: 45%; share of Fortune 500 companies'
senior management positions occupied by women: less than 7%;
projected share by 2000: 20% Portion
of American households in 1994 with cable TV: 60%; in 2000:
87%; with computers in 1994: 30%; in 2000: 70% Americans
who think the world will be in better shape in 2000: 26%;
about the same: 27%; worse: 42% Base
data: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Dept. Of Labor, U.S. Dept. Of
Education, World Future Society, Rooer Center U.S.
NEWS & WORLD REPORT, JULY 11, 1994 What
is your vision for the world in the year 2000? ________________________________________ Please
share three ideas to make the world a better
feel free to fax these ideas and others throughout the year
Barbara, CA 93117 e-mail:
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It's coming. On July 11, there will be 2,000 more days until the year 2000. The next millennium, according to trend watchers, will find the United States more diverse and more technological. Although 41 percent of Americans believe the nation is in decline, some, like futurist Marvin Cetron, foresee an American renaissance in the coming years.
U.S. population in 1800: 5.3 million; in 1900: 76.2 million; projected for 2000: 276.2 million; world population now: 5.6 billion; in 2000: 6.2 billion.
As a portion of total U.S. population, the change from 1990 to 2000 for whites: -4%; blacks: .4%, Hispanics: 2.3%; people ages 45 to 64: 3%.
Predicted job growth for home health care workers from 1992 to 2005: 138%; computer scientists: 112%; lawyers 31%; farmers: -21% bartenders: -8% chances that an American will be working in the hospitality industry by 2000: 1 in 10
Portion of doctorate degrees conferred on women in 1979: 28%; in 1994: 39%; in 2000: 45%; share of Fortune 500 companies' senior management positions occupied by women: less than 7%; projected share by 2000: 20%
Portion of American households in 1994 with cable TV: 60%; in 2000: 87%; with computers in 1994: 30%; in 2000: 70%
Americans who think the world will be in better shape in 2000: 26%; about the same: 27%; worse: 42%
Base data: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Dept. Of Labor, U.S. Dept. Of Education, World Future Society, Rooer Center
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT, JULY 11, 1994
What is your vision for the world in the year 2000?
Please share three ideas to make the world a better place.
Please feel free to fax these ideas and others throughout the year to:
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Barbara @rain.org Name__________________
1. I would address myself every morning, over UN Radio and TV, to all the peoples of the world in a program "Good Morning World", giving them good news, hope and advice on how they can contribute to a better world;
2. I would request the UN General Assembly to decide the world-wide preparation and celebration of the Year 2000 and our entry into a better 21st century and third millennium. I would widely disseminate my Dream 2000 available in several languages, and make all my books written over the years, which contain my ideas and proposals for a peaceful and better world, available to all heads of states and heads of Missions to the United Nations.
3. I would publish as a UN document and distribute widely my 2000 ideas to the year 2000.
4. I would address all Parliaments of the world in person or via television, since the Charter of the United Nations starts with the words: We, the Peoples. I would address first of all the Congress of the country which is the birthplace, inspiration and main contributor to the United Nations, the United States.
5. I would urge the United States or the UN to convene a meeting of the world's best minds in Philadelphia to perform a new miracle in that city by proposing to the world a second generation United Nations or the first World Constitution in human history, adding a supranational layer to the United Nations
6. I would arrange for the installation between my office and bedroom on the 38th floor of the United Nations of an instantaneous voice and visual communications system, day and night, with all heads of states of the planet, in order to consult immediately on any impending crisis or conflict, to prevent troubles and conflicts and to solve all existing ones.
7. I would request the early installation on the empty 39th floor of the UN of a World Peace Room, at least as sophisticated and well equipped as the War Room of NATO, to monitor world events and take earliest action on potential outbreaks of conflicts and violence.
8. I have always admired the provisions of the UN Charter which created the Military Staff Committee of the Security Council, consisting of the heads of armies of the five Permanent Members of the Council. Its tasks were: 1. to propose a bold, common world security system; 2. thereafter, to proceed to the disarmament of the planet. This was admirable, pure logic, the grand way to lead to colossal savings on this planet but it was cut short of implementation by the cold war. Now that the cold war is over, I would recommend that the Military Staff Committee be pressed to accomplish the tasks meant for it. On an ad hoc basis a head of army from Africa, Asia and Latin America should be added to it.
9. I would recommend that the Security Council should meet frequently away from UN headquarters in areas of trouble and conflict, closer to the people.
10. Regarding the world population explosion, I would recommend:
11. I would arrange for the yearly publication of a UN state of the world report and ask that the same be done by all 32 UN specialized agencies and world programs in their respective fields. Thus, governments, the media and the public would receive comprehensive year after year diagnoses of the world condition.
12. I would make sure the UN language be simplified and made more understandable to the vast public of the world.
13. I would revive my UN Marshall Plan for aid to the poor countries in the form of a world revolving fund giving low-interest or no interest loans, reimbursable over long periods of time. The UN Development Program which arose from that plan remains insufficient to fulfill the immense tasks to be accomplished for the millions of poor of this world.
14. I would upgrade my World Peace Plan 2010 written in 1991*. Some of its ideas and dreams were fulfilled, others were not. Many more are needed. What the great German author Goethe said applies fully to the community of nations.
15. I would solicit dreams, ideas and actions from all peoples. It will be the new, modern world democracy.
See Conclusion to the Fifth One Hundred Ideas
UN Secretary General U Thant, a former school headmaster from Burma, and my spiritual master, often said to me when I was his assistant: "Robert, there will be no peace on Earth, if there is not a new education." He was right. I will therefore reproduce here as introduction, in his memory, my acceptance speech of the UNESCO 1989 Peace Education Prize.
..."As a young boy, from my window high up in the house of my parents in Sarreguemines, Alsace-Lorraine, I could see the border between France and Germany. It was a line not to be trespassed. Beyond it lived hereditary enemies, the Germans, whom we were taught to hate. And yet they spoke the same language and had the same names as we. But when I lifted my eyes to the sky, I saw the sun, clouds, birds, a moon and stars who ignored totally that border. And I dreamt that someday I would be allowed to work for its suppression.
We still had to suffer a lot from that border: two evacuations which made us twice refugees; World War II; Nazi occupation; my father's imprisonment and my own; the French underground; to be a twenty year old fighter for de Gaulle in the mountains of Auvergne.* Today when I look at the photograph of my schoolmates in 1939, I sadly see that almost all of them died in French or German uniforms.
My dream was fulfilled: I became a servant of the United Nations and worked there all my adult life. Other friends from Alsace-Lorraine took issue with that border and worked for the creation of a European Union which is today a flourishing reality. When I received my latest passport, I had a beautiful surprise: it had the title European Union and under it the sub-title France. I hope that the papers of my descendants will bear someday the title World Union and under it the name of their country. And if God grants me life, I hope to return to my hometown to see the last remnants to that border dismantled.**
All the rest of my life has been a succession of dreams, often fulfilled: not to see another world war; to see the United Nations survive and become universal; to see the end of colonialism; to see all nations work together on innumerable issues in 32 UN specialized agencies and world programs; to witness the birth of international schools, of world universities and of the University for Peace; to see a world core curriculum I designed for peace education and human fulfillment adopted in a first few schools around the world. And since dreams engender further dreams, here are those for peace education which are particularly dear to me:
* I describe the miseries and all the horrors I saw in a book What War Taught Me About Peace (Doubleday (1984)
** This dream came true in 1994. I saw the empty police and customs building which had created so much misery and suffering in my family and in Alsace-Lorraine. What a miracle: the border was gone. Like the sun, clouds, birds, the moon and stars I could cross the imaginary line unimpeded for the first time. Robert Schuman, my friend and elder, the father of the European Union, was dead. He never saw his dream fulfilled. I went to his tomb to report it to him.
Today I dream:
1. that all schools of this Earth will teach about the United Nations, which is the young people's greatest hope and will be their instrument of global action when they are grown up;
2. that all governments which have not yet done so, will ratify the University for Peace, this magnificent dream being implemented in demilitarized Costa Rica;
3. that all schools and universities of this Earth will teach peace and non-violence and will become schools and universities of peace;
4. that Unesco recommend to the United Nations to proclaim an International Year for Global and Peace Education;
5. that children in all schools of the world will celebrate the international days proclaimed by the United Nations, for instance the International Day of Peace held on the third Tuesday of September, when the yearly General Assembly opens, World Environment Day (5 June), United Nations Day (24 October), Human Rights Day (10 December), and several others reflecting the great aims of the United Nations. As a result, youth will participate from childhood in the making of a peaceful and better world;
6. that many philanthropists will follow the example of Mr. Sasakawa and will help global and peace education at the world level and continental, national and local levels;
7. that the media who have a major role as educators will follow the example of Ted Turner and will inform, teach, illustrate and make audiences participate in the building of a better world. In particular, it is imperative that they inform the public of the world information, achievements and constructive work of the United Nations;
8. that the film industry will produce noble inspiring films devoted to the great visionaries, prophets and artisans of peace, past and present. I dream of great films similar to that on Gandhi, devoted to the lives of Dag Hammarskjöld and U Thant; and Robert Schuman.
9. I dream of a substantial progress of peace toys and applaud the recent agreement between the Government of Sweden and toy manufacturers of that country no longer to produce and to sell toys of war and violence;
10. I dream of growing numbers of international schools and international universities in the specialized fields of the United Nations agencies and world programs, following the example of the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden, of the United Nations University in Tokyo, and of the University for Peace in Costa Rica;
11. I pray that the United Nations University will create branches in New York, Geneva and Vienna to allow students to better know the work of the United nations and of its Specialized Agencies at the three main seats of the United nations;
12. I dream that all universities in the world will require that students should take a course on international organizations laboring in their fields;
13. I dream that Unesco will study and recommend by the year 2000 a world core curriculum for adoption by all nations;
14. I hope that all books, manuals and history teachings will include a chapter on the United Nations, which is rarely the case today;
15. I hope that all social and political sciences will follow the example of the exact sciences and become global. We need most urgently a global anthropology, a global sociology, a global psychology and a global political and administrative science (planetics and gaiamanagement);
16. I dream that all religious education will teach peace and non-violence, proclaiming as the first cosmic and divine law on Earth: Thou shalt not kill, not even in the name of a nation or a religion;
17. I dream that each country shall create a Ministry of Peace and an academy or institute for peace, with local branches, in order to guide and co-ordinate the efforts of citizens, schools, and local institutions and associations working for peace, non-violence, and a better world. The University for Peace could from time to time organize international conferences of such new peace departments.
I pay homage to my co-laureate, Mrs. Elise Boulding for her action which has led to the creation of the prestigious Institute for Peace by the Government of the United States of America. May all countries follow that example;
18. I dream of the creation of a World Peace Service which would allow young people from all countries to work together for peace and humanitarian causes instead of military service;
19. I dream of the birth of a true world literature whose best-sellers would be works of peace and non-violence;
20. I hope that the University for Peace will establish a global peace strategy which would reach from outer-space to the atom, encompassing all aspects of our planetary home, the atmosphere, the seas and oceans, the polar caps, the continents, nations, regions, cities and villages; and from the whole human family to the individual, encompassing races, peoples, cultures, religions, generations, professions, institutions, firms, the family and all groups and associations created by the human race to attain a greater level of happiness and fulfillment;
21. I pray that all human beings of this Earth become instruments of peace, thus fulfilling the cosmic function deeply engraved in each of us and for which we were born and allowed to live temporarily on this beautiful planet in the vast universe and eternal stream of time. The peace of the world is the sum-total of the peace of all individuals.
22. I hope that the United Nations General Assembly will proclaim a worldwide celebration of the Year 2000, to which Unesco would contribute its vision and projects in the fields of education, science and culture for the next millennium;
23. I dream that the United Nations flag and United Nations hymn composed by Pablo Casals will spread world wide and that 24 October, anniversary of the birth of the United Nations, will be celebrated in all countries as is recommended by the General Assembly;
24. Finally, I pray that the United States will take again their seat at Unesco and resume their visionary and dynamic role at the United Nations and in all Specialized Agencies of the United Nations, so indispensable at this crucial stage of history when world problems multiply unceasingly. We should remember these last lines of a text which Franklin Roosevelt wrote in his own hand on the day of his death for a speech he was to deliver at the opening of the San Francisco Conference convened to give birth to the United Nations from the ashes and blood of the sixty million dead of World War II:
This work, my friends, is peace: more than an end of this war &emdash; an end to the beginning of all wars. I ask you to keep up your faith. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with a strong and active faith.
1996: May I reinforce this prayer that the US Congress pursue the American dream to be the cradle and foundation of a new world order, and consider a bold, visionary strengthening of US-born United Nations, instead of letting their minds be poisoned by the thought of letting the UN die by withholding US financial contributions. The non-joining by the US of the League of Nations was an invitation to Hitler and Mussolini to become dictators and provoked World War II. May America not repeat that mistake, I beg you. See what Europe has achieved by creating the seeds of World Union. Do even better since you are the land of dreams. Love and concern of the American people for the world and humanity find their highest expression in the United Nations. I pray God to enlighten all Americans to that basic truth. Please listen to the prayer of one who has suffered much during World War II and was miraculously blessed with survival. I would be happy to address the US Congress and all Parliaments in the world to plead for the strengthening of the United Nations and for a peaceful, better world.
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Into Force: 7 April 1981, In accordance with article 7.
Registration: 7 April 1981, NO. 19735
Note: The agreement was adopted by resolution 35/55 (1) of the General Assembly of the United Nations dated 5 December 1980. It was opened for signature by all member states of the United Nations from 5 December 1980 on.
8 Apr. 1981 Nicaragua
3 Apr. 1981
Cameroon 16 Aug. 1982
Chile 2 Mar. 1981
Colombia 18 Mar. 1981
Costa Rica 5 Dec. 1980
Cuba 9 Aug. 1985
Cyprus 15 Mar. 1983
Democratic Kampuchea 10 Apr. 1981
Dominican Republic 21 Nov. 1983
Ecuador 18 Mar. 1981
El Salvador 7 Apr. 1981
Guatemala 14 Sep. 1981
Honduras 10 Apr. 1981
India 3 Dec. 1981
Italy 27 Nov. 1981
Mexico 15 May 1981
Pakistan 30 Mar. 1981
Panama 20 Mar. 1981
Peru 9 Apr. 1981
Philippines 20 Mar. 1984
Russia 23 Dec. 1987
Saint Lucia 2 Sep. 1986
Senegal 1 Apr. 1981
Slovenia 7 Jul. 1992
Spain 21 Apr. 1981
Sri Lanka 10 Aug. 1981
Suriname 3 Jun. 1981
Togo 3 Jun. 1981
Uruguay 19 Nov. 1985
Venezuela 5 Dec. 1980
Yugoslavia 19 Jan. 1983
8 Apr. 1981
3 Apr. 1981
NOTES: (1) Official Records of the General Assembly, Thirty-fifth Session, Supplement NO. 31 (A/35/49) p. 103.
exercises of interiority, meditation, prayer and communion
with the universe and eternity or God
Our planetary home and place in the universe
Our place in time
(Past, Present, Future)
The miracle of individual life
Good physical lives
Good mental lives
Good moral lives
Good spiritual lives
Spiritual exercises of interiority, meditation, prayer and communion with the universe and eternity or God
UN INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES COOPERATING ON
CATEGORIES OF SEGMENT I OF THE WORLD CORE CURRICULUM
These agencies often are humanity's best resource for world-wide statistics, information, recommendations, and teaching materials. They all have information services to whom you can write.
The mere list of the eighteen United Nations specialized agencies and fourteen world programs which compose the UN system illustrates the vastness of today's international cooperation. No other living species has ever so equipped itself with global instruments designed to study, observe, monitor and preserve its habitat. In innumerable organs, meetings and conferences, through thousands of experts and delegates, backed by forty thousand world servants, humankind is today probing its entire biosphere and condition, trying to augment peace, to reduce conflicts and tensions, to build bridges and to seek ways for a greater fulfillment of human life on a well preserved planet to an extent which no philosopher, prophet or social reformer would have ever dreamt possible.
Here is a quick overview of this incipient world system: The eighteen UN specialized agencies : International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); International Labor Organization (ILO); Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); World Health Organization (WHO); International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD); International Development Association (IDA); International Finance Corporation (IFC); International Monetary Fund (IMF); International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); Universal Postal Union (UPU); International Telecommunication Union (ITU); World Meteorological Organization (WMO); International Maritime Organization (IMO); General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT); World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD); World Tourism Organization (WTO), linked with the UN under a novel type of agreement.
The fourteen world programs : United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); United Nations Development Program (UNDP); Office of UN Disaster Relief Co-ordinator (UNDRO); United Nations Environment Program (UNEP); United Nations Fund for Drug Abuse Control (UNFDAC); Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); United Nations Institute for training and Research (UNITAR); United Nations Fund for Population (UNRWA); United Nations University (UNU)*; United Nations Volunteers (UNV); World Food Program (WFP).
The UN itself is concerned with a multitude of global problems, such as peace, disarmament, outer space, the seas and oceans, natural resources, human rights, racial equality, women, multinational corporations, criminality, etc.
There also exists a first world ministerial council: the World Food Council. Hopefully, similar ministerial councils will be established in other crucial fields, energy, the atmosphere, water, transport in particular.
I am proud that I was at the origin of the creation of eleven of these 32 UN agencies and world programs.
*Also: the University for Peace in Costa Rica; the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden; the Institute for Nuclear Physics of the IAEA in Trieste, Italy, and the Training Institute (now recognized as a European University) for Labor Relations of the ILO.
If a divine or extraterrestrial committee of experts in planetary management visited the Earth, they would not believe their eyes. "You are insane!" they would exclaim. "This is no way to administer a planet! We give you the lowest mark in planetary management in the entire universe. "
We would look at them with surprise, astonished by the vehemence of their attack. "Look at what you are doing!" they would add with gentleness and pity. "You were given one of the most beautiful planets in the cosmos - one of the rare celestial homes, at the right distance from a sun, endowed with marvelous forms of life. It is a living planet with an atmosphere, fertile soils, waters, and oceans. It is vibrant and interdependent, with elements that are all interlinked in the most marvelous ways. A true jewel in the universe. And look what you have done with it:
1. You have divided this planet into 185 separate territorial fragments without rhyme or reason - without geographic, ecological, human, or any other logic. All these fragments are sovereign; i.e., each of them considers itself more important than the planet and the rest of humanity.
2. You have armed these fragments to their teeth in order to defend their so-called "integrity." They often steal a piece of land from their neighbors.
3. You let two of the biggest parts of this international jigsaw puzzle stuff the surface and the inside of the earth, the waters, the seas, the airs, and tomorrow the heavens and the stars with nuclear devices capable of destroying most of life on this planet.
4. You permit ego-driven tyrants to snuff out lives with poison gas.
5. You put some of your best minds to work designing more efficient ways to kill - instead of better ways to nurture one's body, mind, heart and soul.
6. You spend huge sums of money for each of these sovereign territories, and almost nothing to safeguard and provide for the needs of the planet as a whole. You do not even have a planetary budget! What an aberration!
7. You let many of your scientists, industrialists, developers, builders, promoters, merchants, and military progressively destroy the fundamental resources of your planet, so that within a few decades it will become unlivable - and you will die like flies.
8. You educate your children as if each of these territories were an autonomous island floating on an ocean - instead of teaching them about their planet, which is their home, and about humanity, which is their family.
They would have a long list of other grievances: the gaps between the rich and the poor, between the overfed and the hungry; violence in so many forms; self-destructive drugs; the radioactive and chemical poisoning of the planet; ruthless greed for money and power regardless of the harm to fellow humans and animals; the violation by states of individual human rights; refugees; tortures; abandoned children; the homeless; the absence of a philosophy of life, of ethics, of planetary morals; a youth without ideals; racism; misinformation by the media and governments; abusive all-devouring monopolies; and an unlimited imagination to dress our own nation or group with every possible virtue and greatness while at the same time denigrating and dividing other nations and groups.
We could offer many arguments to explain how we got this way: our checkered history; the current nation-states being the result of conquests, murders, stealings, invasions, wars, and marriages; the recent discovery, only 500 years ago, that we are a globe rotating around its sun rather than the contrary; the dearth of global data until the United Nations and its specialized agencies were born; a total inexperience in planetary management; the absence of any precedents; the novelty of the crises, challenges, and global problems to which we react like little children burning our fingers; a first very weak world organization, misunderstood, used as a scapegoat by its masters, who monopolize all fiscal resources of the planet; belief in obsolete values and ideologies; the multitude of tongues, cultures, beliefs, and religions that we have inherited from the past; and so on.
The extraterrestrials would answer, "All right. You have extenuating circumstances due to your history and slow evolution. But this has lasted long enough. You have until the year 2000 - the date of entry into your next millennium. Sit down. Think. Bring together your best minds. Consult your populations. And make a blueprint for a better system of planetary management. Luckily you have many excellent resources available. "The latest is PlanetHood, a book by Benjamin Ferencz and Ken Keyes. PlanetHood seems to us a good point of departure. That book raises in effect the following fundamental question: What would be the fate of the United States if each of its fifty states were sovereign and possessed an army, navy, and air force, a President, a Supreme Court, a State Department, a national hymn, a national flag, national days, and a Congress? What if the United States government were no more than a United Nations without sovereignty; without legislative, executive, judicial, and fiscal powers; unable to make laws or decisions, but only recommendations and exhortations? You would exclaim: 'What an indescribable mess it would be!' Well, this is exactly the state of your planet torn up into 185 pieces!
"We will return during your celebration of the Bimillennium. We hope that by the year 2000 you have drawn up a proper political and administrative regime for this planet."
"Do not lose any time. Be courageous. Do not get stopped by the antiquated beliefs carefully nurtured by existing powers and all those who benefit from the present disorder. "You are on the eve of major potential nuclear, ecological, and climatic disasters. May God protect you, bless you, and guide you. After all, you are our brothers and sisters. May cosmic enlightenment finally illuminate your marvelous little planet circling faithfully around its sun in the vast universe. "And please remember," they would advise as they left, "this planet has not been created for you. You were created as part of it and to take good care of it."
Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends,
Receiving here tonight the Albert Schweitzer Prize for the Humanities, thanks to the work, vision, devotion and generosity of so many people, especially from your beautiful city and university, makes me feel that I am living on a Planet of Dreams.
As a little boy in Alsace-Lorraine, I dreamt that the border between France and Germany which I saw from my window would disappear. On 31 December last it was abolished.
I dreamt that God would allow me to work at the top of the world for peace, the greatness of life and the beauty of our miraculous planet. I worked for 38 years in the United Nations and am now the Chancellor of the first University of Peace on this Planet.
I dreamt of living in a region without militaries, and l live today in Costa Rica, one of the first demilitarized countries on Earth.
In the United Nations, I dreamt that colonization would disappear. It disappeared. That the UN would become universal. It became universal. That the cold war would end. It ended. So many dreams of mine became true, that I left a Testament to the UN which outlines a host of further dreams for a peaceful, better, beautiful and happy planet.
Since I seem to have been born as a dreamer, let me express to you my dreams concerning the fulfillment of some of the dreams of Albert Schweitzer.
1. That for the second UN World Conference on human rights this summer in Geneva, a paper outlining the great man's views, dreams and actions for human rights be published and promoted.
2. That his views, dreams, and actions for a global order be submitted to the New Independent Commission of Eminent Persons on a Global Governance recently created in Geneva under the chairmanship of M. Ingvar Carlsson, the Prime Minister of Sweden.
3. That his views and dreams and actions for a world spiritual Renaissance be submitted to the Second World Parliament of Religions this summer in Chicago, one hundred years after the first one in 1893.
4. That his views, dreams, and actions for the family be published and promoted during the International Year of the Family in 1994.
5. That his views, dreams, and actions for world peace, for all life forms, and for all the ideals of the United Nations be published as a Testament contributing to the 50th anniversary of the UN in 1995.
*Acceptance speech by Robert Muller of the Albert Schweitzer Prize for the Humanities, University of North Carolina, 19 March 1993, at Wilmington.
6. That his views, dreams, and actions for art, music, culture, and philosophy be submitted to UNESCO for the 50th anniversary of that organization in 1996.
7. That his views, dreams, and actions for health and medicine be published for the 50th anniversary of the World Health Organization in 1996.
8. That his views, dreams, and actions for the participation of people in peace movements be published and promoted for the one hundredth anniversary of the first People's Peace Conference in The Hague in 1999.
9. That his views, dreams, and actions for the 21st century and the third millennium be published and promoted for the celebration of the year 2000 and our entry into the third millennium.
10. That one of the International Days for Peace proclaimed by the UN be celebrated in honor of Albert Schweitzer.
11. That the fulfillment of the dreams of Albert Schweitzer, the first 21st Century Man, be made a priority item on the agenda of all philanthropists&emdash;lovers of humanity and gaiaphilists&emdash;lovers of our Mother Earth, Gaia.
12. I dream that innumerable people of this planet, especially youth, will adopt the dreams, views, and actions of Albert Schweitzer, that we will let reincarnate and radiate from ourselves his love and reverence for life, for this planet, for God, and for the universe.
And last, but not least, let me mention the fulfillment of some immediate dreams:
I dream of having a bust of Albert Schweitzer on the beautiful, tropical grounds of the University for Peace in Costa Rica, to inspire students from all continents. In a moment I will unveil the first model of a life-size bust of him which I will donate to the University.
The inauguration of the bust, of an Albert Schweitzer Chair, and of Albert Schweitzer scholarships will take place at the University for Peace at the end of May * in presence of the diplomatic community, of Dr. and Mrs. Rhena Schweitzer Miller, of my dear friend Harold Robles, the dynamic and visionary President of the Albert Schweitzer Institute for the Humanities. He has just been informed that half-price tickets have been donated by LACSA, the Costa Rican airlines.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank you from the innermost of my heart for this wonderful honor.
Like Albert Schweitzer, let us never cease to dream, to advocate, to serve, and to act.
Let us make our beautiful Earth the Planet of Dreams.
*This was done. I can see the bust from the Margarita and Robert Muller aula, my office at the University for Peace.
Framework of the Preparation of the Year 2000, the 21st century and the third millennium prepared by Robert Muller in honor of Albert Schweitzer and published by the Albert Schweitzer Institute, PO 550 Wallingford, CT 06492, US. Available from the UN Bookshop in New York. Tel. 1-800-553-3210.
For the fist time in history, humanity is preparing itself properly for its entry into a new century and millennium, something unprecedented. At the end of the last century, there was practically no such preparation. Only two efforts were made: the holding of a World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 and the first World Peace Conference in The Hague, Holland, in 1899. There existed only two small international organizations, the UPU (Universal Postal Union) and the ITU (International Telegraphic Union), for the first two global reasons that the mail had to be transported across borders and telegraph poles and lines built across them. Today there exists a still imperfect, insufficient but first universal organization, the United Nations, strengthened by 32 specialized agencies and world programs created on the historic path opened by the UPU and the ITU. The UN and these agencies had the vision and foresight to hold and plan a whole series of world conferences reviewing the present state of the world and looking into the next century and millennium. There is also the unprecedented birth of a series of Independent World Commissions of Eminent Persons, usually headed by a chief of state, doing the same inspiring, forward looking work on some of the most fundamental issues confronting us at this stage of our evolution. Here is a list of these global efforts.
Several other world conferences and world commissions of eminent persons headed by chiefs of states are proposed in these 2000 ideas for the year 2000. A list of them appears in the second edition of this Framework published by the Albert Schweitzer Institute.
We must envisage two radically different big pictures for the next millennium:
&endash;a silent Earth from which all living species and flora will have disappeared as a result of atomic radiations, AIDS (the loss of the human immune system), alcohol, drugs, chemicals, oxygen loss, endless economic growth, overpopulation in the poor countries and overconsumption in the rich ones, violence, conflicts, the planet floating silently in the vast universe, covered with mountains of garbage, abandoned cars, yachts, airplanes, skyscrapers, airports, highways, cities, universities, museums and houses filled with piles of objects, toys and junk.
&endash;a beautiful, alive, warless, well-preserved Earth with a stabilized human population living in small communities, in the middle of a regrown, healthy, magnificent, prolific nature, traveling little, consuming little, living simple, frugal lives, taking from the Earth only what is needed, in harmony with nature, well-governed, in spiritual union with God, the universe and eternity, happy and fulfilled, with few children, respecting the elderly and returning to the Earth without any caskets, to be resurrected into other life forms, a humanity in which there will be no homeless and hungry, in which every human being will be grateful for the miraculous gift of life on a unique, miraculous, life-blessed planet in the vast, star-studded universe.
To achieve the second picture, the United Nations, several major world conferences, World Commissions and innumerable citizens groups around the world have recommended vigorous action plans and are working very hard to implement them (e.g. population, the environment). But there are several major gaps on which I would like to recommend the following actions:
1. Convening by the UN of a world conference on proper Earth government and administration
Since despite the end of the cold war, international and internal conflicts have increased from 38 in 1991 to 47 in 1995, and the number of sovereign nations members of the UN has increased from 160 to 185; since the duplication of government expenditures, national institutions and bureaucracies between 185 nation-states has reached staggering proportions, and military and armaments expenditures have barely diminished since the end of the cold war; we must declare the absolute necessity to consider and adopt new ways for proper world government and administration for the sake of the survival of the planet and the peace, well-being and justice of all humans.
The Independent World Commission on Global Governance headed by the Prime Minister of Sweden, Mr. Ingvar Carlsson, has opened the door to the consideration of new ways of properly managing and administering our planet and human society. It should lead to the holding by the United Nations of a world conference on the proper government and administration of the Earth, to permit the adoption of a new system as we enter the 21st century, a system infinitely better than the United Nations.
*From an opening speech by Robert Muller to the Peace on the Seas and Oceans Conference in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, 1995
The pathbreaking Law of the Seas, adopted by nations for the proper administration of the seas and oceans, a commons representing 71% of the planet's surface, could provide an example for the adoption of a Law of the Earth. We owe it to the Earth and to humanity.
2. Establishment of an Independent World Commission on Democracy
It is high time to review the concept of democracy which has been largely replaced by the rule of moneycracy, corporatecracy, powercracy. Even elected Parliamentarians, once they work with central governments, often do the contrary of what the people expect from them. World public opinion polls and referenda should be held. If one were held on nuclear armaments, the overwhelming majority of people would ask for their elimination. And yet, governments do not do it.
3. Absolute necessity for a World Security System
The United Nations Charter established a Military Staff Committee of the Security Council in which the heads of the armies of the five permanent members were supposed to come up with a world security system whereafter they would turn to the disarmament of the planet.
This sensible way was cut short by the cold war, and still has not been revived since the end of that war. If the five permanent members of the Security Council do not comply with this requirement of the UN Charter, the Secretary General of the UN should come up with his proposals for a world security system allowing effective disarmament thereafter. It is gratifying that the Worldwide Consultative Association of Retired Generals and Admirals has taken up that task and has come up with proposals for a world and regional security system.
My own proposals for a world security system include the creation at the United Nations of a World Peace Room similar to the War Room of NATO to monitor all potential conflicts and inform immediately the Security Council and the Secretary-General. Another proposal is to create an instantaneous telecommunications system between the Secretary General and all heads of states, open day and night. There are several other proposals in these 2000 ideas.
4. Establishment of a World Commission for the Total Denuclearization of the Planet
It took billions of years until the original nuclear radiations of our planet disappeared, giving birth to the immense variety of life forms which we have today. And now through nuclear armaments, no longer necessary after the end of the cold war, and through nuclear energy plants, we resume irresponsibly and foolishly the radiation of the planet. This must be urgently stopped by the destruction of all nuclear armaments (see the frightening picture of atomic submarines and old nuclear plants being dumped to the bottom of the oceans provided in the paper submitted to the conference by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, California). All nuclear energy plants on the planet must be dismantled, since as proved by the UN years ago the supply of the world's energy needs can be met by still to be exploited hydro-electrical power sites and new sources of energy around the planet. Nuclear energy plants are built by nations purely because they do not want to be dependent on foreign sources. In an orderly managed and secure planetary society, such fears would no longer be warranted. In any reform of the United Nations the International Atomic Energy Agency should be replaced by a United Nations World Energy Agency.
5. Establishment of a World Commission on the Demilitarization of the Planet
25 countries, mostly small ones, are already demilitarized on this planet. Dr. Oscar Arias, Costa Rican Nobel Peace Prize winner, is doing a wonderful, pioneering job in obtaining the demilitarization of more countries.
Since many Ministries of War have already transformed themselves into Ministries of Defense, I propose that they further transform themselves into Ministries of Peace, and that all military and police forces on this planet, from the top of the world (UN peacekeeping forces) to municipal polices be converted into Peace Protectors (the UN forces have already been renamed Peace Protecting Agents). The Worldwide Consultative Association of Retired Generals and Admirals * has come up with many interesting proposals for the use of the military for peaceful and productive programs, as well as their transformation into a new type of proper soldiering. For their own future sake all militaries of the world should consider their transformation and adaptation to the new global conditions and requirements of the world in the next century and millennium. If not, they are bound to disappear.
* For information write to the Center for International Peacebuilding, 9 West Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon OX7 5LH, United Kingdom Fax: 06086644732
6. Holding by the UN of a world conference on violence and the peaceful resolution of all conflicts
It is high time for the UN to have a look at all forms of violence on this planet, their causes, their prevention and the ways they could be solved by non-violent means, from the top of the world (international conflicts) down to violence in the streets and in the family. We must aim at a new century and millennium of non-violence.
7. Early decision by the UN General Assembly to prepare and celebrate the year 2000
There are only a few years left to the turn of the century and of a millennium. For the sake of a better future and the acceleration of the solution of our problems, it is of paramount importance for the General Assembly to decide to prepare and celebrate the year 2000. As was the case for the celebration of the UN's 50th anniversary, the General Assembly should establish a special commission for that purpose and ask all governments to create national commissions. The remaining years to the Bimillenium must be devoted by all humanity, nations and institutions to unparalleled thinking, action, inspiration, elevation and love to solve our remaining problems and to achieve a peaceful, united human family on our marvelous planet in the next century and millennium.
1. respect human dignity as well as ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.
2. work against racial injustice and all discrimination of women, and the abuse and exploitation of children.
3. work for the improvement in the quality of life of aged and disabled persons.
4. respect human life and condemn the sale of human beings or parts of the living human body.
5. support efforts to improve the life of people suffering from hunger, misery, disease or unemployment.
6. promote effective voluntary family planning in order to regulate world population growth.
7. support actions for an equitable distribution of world resources.
8. avoid energy waste and work for reduction of the use of fossil fuels. Promote the use of inexhaustible energy sources, representing a minimum of environmental and health risks.
9. protect nature from pollution and abuse, promote conservation of natural resources and the restoration of degraded environments.
10. respect and preserve the genetic diversity of living organisms and promote constant scrutiny of the application of genetic technologies.
11. promote improvement of urban and rural regions and support endeavors to eliminate the causes of environmental destruction and impoverishment which can lead to massive migrations of people and overpopulation in urban areas.
12. work for maintenance of world peace, condemn war, terrorism and all other hostile activities by calling for decreased military spending in all countries and of the proliferation and dissemination of arms, in particular, weapons of mass destruction.
on 7 May 1995
Robert Muller, Chancellor, University for Peace
In October 1989, In UN document A/44/626, the government of Costa Rica offered to the UN General Assembly the following Declaration of Human Responsibilities for Peace and Sustainable Development for reflection and compromise. The Declaration was drafted and adopted during the Conference on The Search for the True Meaning of Peace held in Costa Rica from 25 to 30 June 1989 under the auspices of the UN University for Peace.
CHAPTER I. UNITY OF THE WORLD
Article 1. Everything which exists is part of an interdependent universe. All living creatures depend on each other for their existence, well-being and development.
Article 2. All human beings are on inseparable part of nature, on which culture and human civilization have been built.
Article 3. Life on Earth is abundant and diverse. It is sustained by the unhindered functioning of natural systems which ensure the provision of energy, air, water and nutrients for all living creatures. Every manifestation of life on Earth is unique and essential and must therefore be respected and protected without regard to its apparent value to human beings.
CHAPTER II. UNITY OF THE HUMAN FAMILY
Article 4. All human beings are an inseparable part of the human family and depend on each other for their existence, well-being and development. Every human being is a unique expression and manifestation of life and has a separate contribution to make to life on Earth. Each human being has fundamental and inalienable rights and freedoms, without distinction of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, economic status or any other social situation.
Article 5. All human beings have the same basic needs and the same fundamental aspirations to be satisfied. All individuals have the right to development, the purpose of which is to promote attainment of the full potential of each person.
CHAPTER III. THE ALTERNATIVES FACING MANKIND AND
Article 6. Responsibility is an inherent aspect of any relation in which human beings are involved. This capacity to act responsibly in a conscious, independent, unique and personal manner is an inalienable creative quality of every human being. There is no limit to its scope or depth other than that established by each person for himself. The more it is accepted and exercised, the more it will grow and strengthen.
Article 7. Of all living creatures, human beings have the unique capacity to decide consciously whether they are protecting or harming the quality and conditions of life on Earth. In reflecting on the fact that they belong to the natural world and occupy a special position as participants in the evolution of natural processes, people can develop, on the basis of selflessness, compassion and love, a sense of universal responsibility towards the world as an integral whole, towards the protection of nature and the promotion of the highest potential for change, with a view to creating those conditions which will enable them to achieve the highest level of spiritual and material well-being.
Article 8. At this critical time in history, the alternatives facing mankind are crucial. In directing their actions towards the attainment of progress in society, human beings have frequently forgotten the inherent role they play in the natural world and the indivisible human family, and their basic needs for a healthy life. Excessive consumption, abuse of the environment and aggression between peoples have brought the natural processes of the Earth to a critical stage which threatens their survival. By reflecting on these issues, individuals will be capable of discerning their responsibility and thus reorienting their conduct towards peace and sustainable development.
CHAPTER IV. REORIENTATION TOWARDS PEACE AND SUSTAINABLE
Article 9. Given that all forms of life are unique and essential, that all human beings have the right to development and that both peace and violence are the product of the human mind, it is from the human mind that a sense of responsibility to act and think in a peaceful manner will develop. Through peace-oriented awareness, individuals will understand the nature of those conditions which are necessary for their well-being and development.
Article 10. Being mindful of their sense of responsibility towards the human family and the environment in which they live and of the need to think and act in a peaceful manner, human beings have the obligation to act in a way that is consistent with the observance of and respect for inherent human rights and to ensure that their consumption of resources is in keeping with the satisfaction of the basic needs of all.
Article 11. When members of the human family recognize that they are responsible to themselves and to present and future generations for the conservation of the planet, as protectors of the natural world and promoters of its continued development, they will be obliged to act in a rational manner in order to ensure sustainable life.
Article 12. Human beings have a continuing responsibility when setting up, taking part in or representing social units, associations and institutions, whether private or public. In addition, all such entities have a responsibility to promote peace and sustainability, and to put into practice the educational goals which are conducive to that end. These goals include the fostering of awareness of the interdependence of human beings among themselves and with nature and the universal responsibility of individuals to solve the problems which they have engendered through their attitudes and actions in a manner that is consistent with the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Let us be faithful to the privilege of our responsibility.
by Dr. Robert Muller*
I joined the United Nations world service in 1948 as a young man who had been in a German Gestapo prison, a French Resistance fighter and had seen the most horrible atrocities of war and destruction. I came from Alsace-Lorraine, a province of France bordering Germany, where my grandparents knew three wars and changed nationality five times between France and Germany, without leaving their village. I was a very pessimistic young man. If this had happened between two highly civilized countries, how could I expect white and black countries, communists and capitalists, rich and poor nations, thousands of religions and ethnic groups to be able to live together in peace? Surely there would be an incident which would trigger off another world war within twenty years. Well, there was no third world war.
In the empty war factory in Lake Success where the United Nations was first located, a British delegate asked me what I was doing there. I answered: "I came here to work for peace, because I do not want my children and grandchildren to know the horrors I saw in the war." He answered: "I pity you, young man, because you will lose your job. This organization will not last more than five years." Well, it celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 1995.
I was also told in Lake Success that decolonization was the priority item on the agenda of world affairs and that it would take the United Nations from one hundred to one hundred fifty years to solve the problem. Well, the UN did it in forty years. I was told the same about apartheid, women's rights, human rights, and indigenous people, the Cold War, and I could cite other examples.
I have been involved in the creation of several new UN specialized agencies and world programs in the economic and social fields, including the world-wide United Nations Development Programs where I was the lonely first UN official working with Paul Hoffman, the former Administrator of the Marshall Plan. The UN listened to me when I suggested to channel the surplus foods of the rich countries which burned them, to children and hungry people in the poor countries, and created the World Food Program. The World Bank listened to my idea to give low-interest loans to infrastructure projects in the poor countries and created the International Development Agency. When I look at the list of the 32 UN specialized agencies and world programs, I am astonished that I have played a role in the creation of eleven of them!
I have seen the UN system assemble information on practically every aspect of our Earth and of the human family. Who remembers that until 1952 we did not even know what the world population was?
Through the United Nations I have seen the seas and oceans, the moon and outer space become legally the commons of humanity. I have seen the birth of first concerns for the environment, a word coined in the UN when it convened the first world conference on the environment in Sweden in 1972. And the UN did the same for the world's waters, deserts, oceans, climate, atomic energy, children, women, indigenous people, the aging, the handicapped, etc.
*Recently elected Vice-President of the World Federalist Movement.
I entered the UN as an intern and was privileged to rise over the years to Assistant Secretary General working directly with three Secretaries General. When I look back, I thank the UN for a truly magical life.
And retirement was not the end. Three days before I retired from the UN in 1986, after 38 years of service, Rodrigo Carazo, the President of Costa Rica, a man whom I greatly admire, proposed that I should become the one-dollar-a year chancellor of the recently created University of Peace in Costa Rica. I accepted with delight to continue to work for a UN agency in a peaceful, demilitarized country to which I would give the highest mark for its initiatives and successes at the UN: the creation of the post of Commissioner for Human Rights, the Nobel Peace Prize to President Oscar Arias, the celebration of the International Day of Peace and the world cease-fire proposed by Costa Rica for the week of the fiftieth anniversary of the UN. And how could I have ever dreamt that I would see disappear the border with Germany which I could see from my window during my youth and which created so much misery for my family? And that all the borders in western Europe would be suppressed, a European Union created, and that in 1994 I could, for the first time, cross without any controls, the border between France and Germany in my hometown of Sarreguemines in Alsace-Lorraine? And that there would exist today in the world 33 schools bearing my name or using a new education which I derived from the United Nations?
In brief: from a very pessimistic young man after World War II, I have been transformed by the UN into an optimist who firmly believes in the success of humanity given time. I am infinitely grateful to the UN for having taught me that planet Earth is my home, that humanity is my family and that it was worthwhile to devote my life with enthusiasm and faith to the great objectives for which this Organization, a truly unprecedented ominous meta-biological organism of the Earth and of the human species was created. In the face of colossal obstacles and the shortsightedness of many nations, the UN has created many miracles.
During my long UN career, I have always had this habit: whenever I receive numerous letters from people around the world with the perception of a new problem or with an idea whose time has come, I open a file: within a few years, these signals of humanity's global brain become a major trend.
Well, since the fiftieth anniversary of the UN, my mail abound with letters calling for proper Earth government, a world federation of states, or proposals of other systems for a better global management of this planet. I have therefore decided to return to the dream of my youth, when after World War II, I wrote an essay on world government which opened for me the doors of the United Nations. After nearly fifty years of UN experience, I have decided to be a candidate for the post of Secretary General of the UN and to make proper Earth government the priority item on my agenda. The world's survival requires an enormously strengthened second generation United Nations, or a UN transformed progressively into a world union on the model of the European Union, or a United States of the Earth on the pattern of the great precedent of the United States. On the eve of a new century and millennium it is a matter of life or death for the Earth and humanity.
SO HELP US GOD
"With all my heart I believe that the world's present system of sovereign nations can lead only to barbarism, war and inhumanity. There is no salvation for civilization, or even the human race, other than the creation of a world government." - Albert Einstein
"Unless some effective supranational government can be set up and brought quickly into action, the prospects of peace and human progress are dark and doubtful." - Winston Churchill
"The age of nations has passed. Now, unless we wish to perish, we must shake off our old prejudices and build the Earth. The more scientifically I regard the world, the less can I see any possible biological future for it except in the active consciousness of its unity." - Teilhard de Chardin
"Have I said clearly enough that the European Community we created is not an end in itself? It is a process of change, continuing in the same process which in an earlier period produced our national forms of life. The sovereign nations of the past can no longer solve the problems of the present: they cannot ensure their own progress or control their own future. And the Community itself is only a stage on the way of the organized world of tomorrow." - Jean Monnet, Conceiver of the European Community now European Union
At the end of these 500 ideas, I counted how many of them have already been fully or partly implemented. The number is low: only 26. But it is a beginning.
To implement your own ideas, follow my example and
Use every letter you write
Every conversation you have
Every meeting you attend
To express your fundamental beliefs and dreams
Affirm to others the vision of the world you want.
Network through action
Network through love
Network through the spirit.
are the center of a network
You are the center of the world
You are free, immensely powerful source
of life and goodness.
day and night about it
And you will see a miracle happen
the Greatness of your own life.
In a world of big powers, media, and monopolies
But of five billion individuals
Networking is the new freedom, the new democracy
A new form of happiness.
- Robert Muller
1. Several personal summit meetings are held between the President of the US and Russia
i. They decide to chart a new course for humanity and the Earth, a Global Renaissance, a new Planetary Deal.
ii. New world priorities are set to be met with the huge resources released by disarmament and demilitarization.
iii. The two countries plan jointly total nuclear disarmament by the year 2000 and total disarmament and demilitarization by the year 2010.
iv. The two countries agree to stop all arms sales and to call for a United Nations conference on the world-wide prohibition of arms sales and production.
v. High-technology video and sound communications systems are established between the offices and the homes of the two Presidents in order to be in direct, instantaneous communication at any time on any crisis, problem, idea, proposal or action for peace and a better world.
vi. The two leaders solemnly rededicate themselves and their people to the United Nations Charter.
2. The US scraps all "Star War" plans and research.
3. The US ratifies the UN Law of the Sea which creates an unprecedented legal order for the largest world commons, the seas and oceans which cover 71 percent of the planet.
4. The US returns to UNESCO and pays all its arrears to the UN and its specialized agencies. A group of
experts is appointed jointly by the Presidents of the US and Russia to draft proposals for a renaissance, forward-look and quantum jump in the role and resources of the UN system, to enable it to deal effectively with the host of global problems confronting humanity and the planet at an accelerating pace.
5. In view of the top urgency of world population control, the US renews its support to the UN Fund for Population Activities and increases tenfold its former contribution to it. A UN specialized agency on Population is created.
6. The Second World Conference on Climate which met in Geneva gave the world the necessary warnings and action proposals. The UN World Meteorological Organization is renamed and transformed into the World Climate Organization.
7. Following the path-breaking reports of Eminent Persons on North-South relations (the Brandt report), on Disarmament (the Palme report) and Our Common Future, on environment and development (the Brundtland report), three further groups of Eminent Persons are established:
i. On the elimination of all forms of violence in the human society.
ii. On a New World Deal and course for humanity, including world priorities.
iii. On world government and the creation of a true world community, to include the existing, successful European community, and planned new regional communities for Africa, America, Asia and the Middle East.
8. The UN General Assembly takes four major decisions:
i. It adopts a turning point declaration requesting the Secretary-General, in consultation with governments, world agencies and the best minds of the planet, to prepare a plan for world peace by the year 2010. All member states are requested to submit their proposals. National committees are established with peoples' participation for the formulation of ideas and concrete action proposals towards "Total World Peace 2000" and "Total World Disarmament and Demilitarization 2010". The General Assembly requests that all existing UN plans 2000 (Food 2000, Health 2000, and the Economic Development Decades) be put together into a World Action Plan 2000. The Assembly takes note of the recent settlement of most conflicts, and calls for the rapid solution of all remaining ones to enable humanity to enter the next millennium with a clean slate. A world-wide cease-fire is proclaimed in the meantime under UN control.
ii. It decides to abolish the Trusteeship Council which has completed its work and to replace it by an Environmental Security Council as proposed by Russia.
iii. The Assembly decides to celebrate in 1995 the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations, both as a retrospective of the successes and failures of the world community during the past fifty years, and as a forward look to the year 2000 and third millennium.
iv. In 2000 a world-wide Bimillennium Celebration will be held, preceded by unparalleled thinking, perception, inspiration, elevation, planning and love for the achievement of a peaceful and happy human society on a well-preserved planet. For the first time in history humanity is entering a new millennium with most of the necessary planetary and human information at its disposal. For the first time it can intelligently plan and prepare its future evolution. All nations, professions, arts, media, firms, religions and people are invited by the UN to participate in this celebration and to contribute their ideals, visions, wishes, proposals and ideas to it.
The following progress is also achieved in 1992:
1. The second world conference on the environment and development held in Brazil twenty years after the first one in Stockholm, constitutes a major turning point in human history and in the planet's evolution. The conference adopts a bold World Environment Action Plan, both immediate and reaching far into the third millennium. The United Nations Environment Program becomes a specialized agency with vastly increased resources, including taxes on environmentally detrimental activities. The UN Trusteeship Council has become the World Environment Security Council. Further accelerated world conferences on environmental issues are decided for the coming years.
2. In 1992, international Year of Outer Space, a long overdue decision is taken to create the UN Outer-Space Agency as proposed by Austria.
3. 1992, being the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the New World, eminent thinkers meet during the year to draft a world Constitution as a step towards discovering the next new world. Provisions are made for world democracy, world elections, world public opinion polls and referenda to give people a direct voice in the world's affairs, a step rendered possible by modern communication technologies.
On the basis of governmental proposals and the year 2000 Peace Plan presented by the Secretary-General, the following Ten Major World Steps are set into motion:
1. The UN Security Council meets several times a year at the heads of states level to review the world political and security situation, to take decisions, settle disputes, finalize agreements and initiate further action, especially by the Security Council and Military Staff Committee. The Security Council meets in various cities of the world, to be closer to the people, especially the troubled areas.
2. The summit meeting of Eastern, Western, and non-Aligned countries are replaced by a yearly world summit meeting of all heads of states during the UN General Assembly, preceded by continental or regional summit meetings (African, American, Asian, European, Middle-Eastern).
3. Incessant meetings, visits and communications are taking place between heads of states. Reports on their outcomes are submitted to the Security Council and to the General Assembly. The UN establishes a specific office to receive and publish such information. United Nations offices in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East are organized and used as supra-national grounds for meetings between heads of states.
4. A World conference on Security is decided, to remain in session like the Law of the Sea Conference did, until it has hammered out a proper world security system (target: 1995).
5. The Military Staff Committee of the Security Council meets again at the chiefs of staff level and undertakes these immediate tasks: 1. planning of the World Disarmament Agency fore seen in the McCloy-Zorin agreement; 2. adoption of immediate measures to prevent a nuclear war by accident; 3. planning and implementation of world-wide military cooperation in multiple fields, starting with the creation of a UN fleet to control the seas and the oceans, and of a UN satellite system to control disarmament as proposed by France.
6. Preparation of a Marshall Plan for massive help to the poor countries, with savings from disarmament and demilitarization in both rich and poor countries. Premium aid and debt reduction and forgiveness are granted to those poor countries who decide to disarm and demilitarize under UN protection and guarantees. A whole series of major world engineering and power projects are implemented to improve dramatically the overall productivity, efficiency and environmental conditions of the world economy.
7. Immediate fostering of nuclear free zones, peace zones and demilitarized areas guaranteed by the UN, all to be given premium economic aid.
8. Setting up of high-technology direct communication, video and teleconferencing systems between all heads of states, especially members of the Security Council, and the Secretary General.
9. Bold strengthening of the Secretary General's office for conflict information and prevention. Establishment of a high-technology World Peace Room at the UN, jointly run by the Secretary General and the Military Staff Committee of the Security Council, in order to prevent, track, contain and solve conflicts swiftly in any place on earth. UN political offices are established in each capitol.
10. All UN agencies and world programs are requested to revive major plans and projects for world cooperation which had been shelved as a consequence of the cold war. The concept of risk capital is applied to world cooperation. New bold ideas and financial and management approaches, commensurate with the magnitude and acceleration of global problems are introduced.
During the year 1993, the UN Secretary General addresses the second World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, one hundred years after the first one in 1893. The world's religions pledge to put an end to all religious conflicts, to support peace, disarmament and demilitarization, to cooperate on a global world spirituality and to draft in common a world code of ethics and new cosmology as guides to governments and world agencies within the larger framework of the universe and eternity. The United Nations creates a World Spiritual Agency which brings the resources, inspirations, visions and wisdom of the spiritual traditions to bear upon the solution of world problems.
The International Year of the World's Indigenous People reminds humanity of some fundamental human values and traditions which need to be restored:
Strong family ties and values
Love for Mother Earth
Respect for Nature
Love for the Creator
1. The Military Staff Committee completes its work on the prevention of nuclear accidents, on the UN satellite system for disarmament control and on a UN fleet. The implementation of these proposals is set into motion by the General Assembly. The blueprints for a World Disarmament Agency are well developed and will be ready for 1995.
2. Three further world environmental conferences are held during 1994:
i. A world conference of world scientists from crucial environmental fields (oceanography, atmospheric science, hydrology, climatology, biology, land use, deforestation, radiation, immunology, toxicity, etc.). The scientists are asked in how many years they expect planet Earth to become unlivable if present trends continue unchecked, and what measures they propose.
ii. A world conference of education ministers adopts measures for urgent environmental education in all countries of the planet.
iii. A world conference on garbage and waste in held.
3. Celebration of the International Year of the Family, restored to its natural, central role in the human society.
4. Visit of the Pope to the United Nations on the occasion of that year. In a major historical address, in the name of all religions, he outlines the vision of a united family of nations and a spiritual peaceful, just third millennium.
5. A world conference on Voluntary Simplicity and Frugality is held in order to save the planet's resources from overconsumption, human greed and monumental, accelerating, unnecessary waste, garbage, and built-in obsolescence.
6. A third world conference on population is held.
1. Celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations. The General Assembly meets at the heads of states level and receives from the Secretary General a state of the world report reviewing the successes and failures of the world community during the last fifty years, and outlining the vision and proposals for a peaceful, better world and family of nations in the decades ahead. A solemn rededication of all member states to the Charter takes place during the Anniversary ceremony of 24 October 1995, transmitted by television and the media world-wide. World prayers are held for the UN by all religions and people.
2. A fourth world conference on women is held.
3. The Marshall plan for the dramatic improvement of the standards of living of the poor countries drafted by the UN Economic and Social Council is endorsed by the General Assembly and put into operation.
4. The Conference on World Security has completed its work and submits a treaty for ratification by member states within a year. The Military Staff Committee submits to the Assembly a blueprint for a World Disarmament Agency as part of that treaty.
5. All other Ten World Steps are implemented, or well underway, creating a great deal of enthusiasm, emulation and stimulation among governments who are now convinced that world peace is possible and that an entirely new period of human history can begin, marked by unprecedented synergetic cooperation in a world society no longer stifled by absolute, obsolete and abusive national sovereignty.
1995 &endash; 2000
During the entire period 1995 - 2000, an unprecedented flourishing and outbidding of ideas, initiatives, activities, projects and achievements takes place in an astonishing euphoria of explosive world consciousness which breaks up old barriers and takes the Earth and humanity on an incredible bandwagon into a new age. For example:
1. Several countries have their delegates to the United Nations elected by popular vote.
2. The majority of countries change the name of their Ministries of "foreign" affairs to Ministries of Peace or Ministries of World Affairs and Cooperation. In some countries, the Vice President is put in charge of world affairs and cooperation.
3. The United Nations flag and emblem gain world-wide affection as the planetary symbols of one world and one human family. The UN emblem is displayed on all vessels, aircraft and satellites to discourage piracy, high-jacking and terrorism. Some countries adopt a new flag showing their national flag on one side and the UN flag on the other. The UN's world hymn composed by Pablo Casals is better known.
4. More and more nations decide to celebrate the world days proclaimed by the United Nations, such as Earth Day, the International Day of Peace, United Nations Day, Human Rights Day, World Health Day, World Food Day, International Children's Day, International Women's Day, the Day of the Elderly, etc. All national war memorial days are shifted to United Nations Day, a symbol of hope and rebirth from all past wars. Monuments to known and unknown peacemakers, peace parks and peace museums are created in many places. National hymns are rewritten in peaceful, global terms.
5. A world wide minute of silence for prayer or meditation is held by all peoples of the world, together with their delegates to the General Assembly when it opens each year on the third Tuesday in September (International Day of Peace). The event is televised world-wide. All religions join in prayers. Church and temple bells, muezzins, gongs and chofars contribute their cosmic vibrations to this world pentecost.
6. The two yearly cabinet meetings of the UN Secretary General with all the heads of UN agencies and world programs are televised world-wide.
7. A World Peace Service is created allowing young people to do world service, especially in poor countries and world agencies, in lieu of the abolished military service.
8. A World Core Curriculum and a Planetary Management Curriculum are adopted by UNESCO as common guides for proper Global Education in all schools and universities of Earth. 1996 is proclaimed International Year of Global Education.
9. All countries follow the example of the US and Canada and create national Peace Academies or Institutes. The University for Peace in Costa Rica develops a comprehensive peace science (irenology) and strategy and training programs concerned with every layer of our planetary reality, (outer space, the atmosphere, the seas and oceans, the continents, down to the atom) and of the human family (world peace, peace between nations, races, sexes, generations, religions, political systems, minorities, corporations, the family, etc.). National peace academies and institutions meet every three years at the University for Peace to coordinate their actions and plans.
10. Following the creation of the International Institute for Training in Nuclear Physics in Trieste, the United Nations University in Tokyo, the University for Peace in Costa Rica, and the International Maritime University in Malmö, many more world universities are created under the auspices of the United Nations and its specialized agencies: on aviation, on outer space, on the oceans, on the deserts, on population, on reforestation, on the biosphere, on planetary management, on world spirituality, hope, dreams, visions, happiness, gratitude, forgiveness, etc.
11. The University for Peace in Costa Rica becomes the world's school for heads of states, ministers of peace and world affairs, world servants, corporate heads and diplomats. A center is created at it for the study, collection and exchange of experiences in the function of head of state. Regional UN peace universities are created on each continent.
12. More and more countries disarm, demilitarize and have their borders protected by UN observers under regional and international guarantees. The savings are devoted to development, the environment, education and social services.
13. The world's regional organizations, the regional provisions of the Charter and the United Nations are considerably strengthened.
14. The US, Russia, and other countries relinquish their claims of total righteousness and agree to have their performance judged by the international community in the United Nations and in its specialized agencies.
15. More world ministerial councils are established along the pattern of the UN's World Food Council and the World Environmental Security Council.
16. A host of new world conferences are convened at an accelerated pace: on soil erosion, on mountain areas, reforestation, the world's cold zones, consumer protection, standardization, world commons, a world tax system, the media, etc.
17. Several new world agencies are created: a World Transport Agency, a World Organization of National Parks, a World Organization for the Handicapped, A United Nations International Fund for the Elderly (UNIFELD) on the pattern of UNICEF; the UN Institute for Training Research (UNITAR) is transformed into a World Academy; UN statistical and data services are integrated into a World Data and Optimum Design Agency. The International Bureau of Informatics in Rome is made part of it. A UN Institute for the study of national and world management (gaia or geo-management) is established.
18. The world community decides to tackle the fundamental, ominous question of truthful, objective information, the exercise of democracy being possible only if people are objectively informed. The UN and its specialized agencies and world programs are major contributors to such information.
19. A world cadastre of property registration is established in order to determine what the exact legal status of ownership is in the world: world commons, national and state properties, municipal properties, corporate properties, religious properties, private associations ownership, family and individual ownership.
20. Following the example of the world navigation satellite of the International Maritime Organization, several other global satellite systems have been created and joint space ventures are organized by the world community.
21. The International Court of Justice's judgments are now enforceable and no nation can take exception. The court is reorganized as the World Supreme Court. The UN Secretary General is entitled to submit cases to it.
22. Regional Courts of Human Rights have been established on the pattern of the European Court of Human Rights, empowered to render verdicts in favor of individuals against governments. A World Court of Human Rights is created as an appeal's court on human rights.
23. A World Ethics Chamber determines what is ethical from the world's and humanity's point of view rather than that of nations, sub-groups and special interest groups. A Sub-Chamber on Media Ethics receives complaints against unethical treatments by the media.
24. A world anti-trusts and anti-monopolies legislation is adopted.
25. A Commission on Subversion is created in the United Nations to which governments can submit complaints against foreign subversion.
26. A World Foundation is created to allow private citizens, organizations, firms and corporations to contribute to world peace and cooperation through the United Nations and its specialized agencies and world programs.
27. World standardization makes considerable progress: e.g. the UN convention on road signals and traffic rules is applied world-wide as well as the World Health Organization's standard nomenclature of pharmaceutical products. The International Standardization Organization has become a specialized agency of the UN.
28. World consumer protection is promoted through world-wide cooperation of national consumer agencies and the creation of a World Consumer Agency with tri-partite representation of governments, producers and consumers.
29. The UN publishes each year a world budget showing the total national and world expenditures on every aspect of humanity's and the Earth's condition.
30. The taboo subject of world taxation appears at long last on the world agenda. Strong measures are taken to combat world fiscal evasion. The US formalized its proposal for the establishment of a World Bureau on Income Information. A percentage of the proceeds from effective international control of fiscal evasion is allotted to international humanitarian programs. A world tax system is planned.
31. A yearly report is issued by the UN on the state of ratifications and implementations, non-ratification and non-implementation of international treaties, conventions and agreements. A watchdog UN implementation Council is established for that purpose.
An unprecedented, hopeful, optimistic world-wide celebration of the Bimillennium takes place all over the Earth, preceded by much public and governmental preparation and excitement. Gratitude is expressed and prayers are held for having overcome one of the most dangerous and promethean periods of change on any planet in the universe. Innumerable rich materials have been published on the human journey and ascent over the last 5000 years and on hopes and remaining challenges for the future. The UN State of the World Report 2000 highlights the following accomplishments and failures.
1. World population down to 6 billion people (against forecasts of 7.3 billion in 1970, during the twenty-fifth anniversary of the UN, and 6.1 billion during the fortieth anniversary); early child mortality reduced in 9/10th of the world; longevity progress world-wide; racial and sexual equality nearly achieved; decolonization achieved; UN universality achieved; UN world plan for the handicapped implemented; environmental deterioration slowed down, the pendulum swinging back to improvement in many places; soil erosion, loss of tree cover and desertification considerably reduced; agriculture and economic conditions improve world-wide. The world's global warning systems work more satisfactorily. There is better coordination between global, national, regional, local, and individual policies and behavior. More accurate, truthful information is available as well as a vastly improved global education in the world's schools.
2. All international wars and disputes of the 1980's are resolved; a world security system is now in place; UN land, air, and naval peacekeeping forces are ready to intervene anywhere to guarantee the territories of all nations; a World Disarmament Agency has begun to operate; reconversion of defense and arms industries is in full swing; the military are being used for constructive activities, help to natural disasters, environmental conservation and are demobilized or transformed into peace forces; nuclear weapons have been destroyed on an increasing scale; transfer of military expenditures to greater world productivity and help to the poor is underway; conventional armaments are being destroyed by ten percent each year, in order to achieve total disarmament of the planet by 2010.
3. Yearly State of the World Reports are issued by all UN agencies on every global facet of our planetary home and of the human family. Plans and targets for each next decade throughout the century are prepared and a general out-look 3000 will be issued in 2025.
4. The UN has produced a new planetary ideology and spirituality consisting of five basic harmonies.
i. Harmony between humanity and the planet (population, conservation, environment, no armaments).
ii. Harmony of the human family and of its natural and human-made groups (races, sexes, generations, nations, cultures, languages, religions, corporations, no wars, no violence, all conflicts and differences being resolved with civilized, peaceful means).
iii. Harmony with the past and with the future (preservation of genetic material, of nature's elements, of the earth's living species' and flora, of cultures, preservation and preparation of a better, safer and more beautiful planet for future generations).
iv. Harmony with the heavens: the religions are cooperating in a United Religions Organization and have produced a code of cosmic laws to be followed by all peoples and groups on our celestial body.
v. The fulfillment, happiness, harmony, and contribution of each human being to the human family, to the planet, to the universe, and to the stream of eternal time. The art of peaceful, happy, responsible, contributing living is taught to all.
5. A Consultative Parliamentary Chamber has been added to the UN. Steps have been taken to introduce a new system of planetary government: Harold Stassen's redraft of the UN Charter calling for an executive ministerial council composed of ministers appointed by the different regions to administer the two first world commons &emdash; outer space and the seas and the oceans &emdash; is being implemented. Strong world-wide revival of parliamentarism.
6. On the negative side: there are still 500 million malnourished people on the planet and 900 million illiterates; misery and unemployment are still far from being eradicated world-wide; urban growth remains unchecked in many places; mortality due to accidents, especially automobile accidents, and to environmental diseases are rampant. All nuclear armaments are not yet destroyed. Species continue to disappear.
World accidents and degenerative diseases are on the increase. There are signs of the break down of the immune system of the human body under the rapidity and intensity of environmental changes. Some big cities have become environmentally unlivable and are being abandoned. Epidemics have reappeared in poor countries. World government is still primitive and imperfect in the face of growing world problems. There is still no true world democracy, no world budget and no proper world tax system for the benefit of the Earth and humanity as a whole.
1. The first decade of the New Planetary Age is now over. There are no more wars and conflicts in the world. The rate of arms destruction has continued unabated. All governments recognize that their people and the world are much better off after each phase of arms destruction and demilitarization. A totally disarmed and demilitarized planet is now in sight.
2. The State of the World Reports show progress on all fronts. The world is in an optimistic phase and there is progress in achieving right relationships between the human species and the Earth.
3. World trusteeship and management is improving everywhere. The UN World Climate Organization has devised methods and techniques to detect and prevent climatic changes. We are becoming intelligent, knowledgeable caretakers of our planetary home, living children of the earth taking good care of their mother, as was meant to be.
4. Humanity is happier physically, mentally, morally, and spiritually. More and more people are enjoying life in its rich, astonishing diversity and understand that life is a privilege, a true miracle. No other planet with life has yet been detected in the universe. It is becoming increasingly evident that the cosmos has produced unique, rare phenomena on this planet, especially human life with its constantly transcending consciousness and knowledge of the entire universe, from the infinitely large to the infinitely small. We have become a new species by extending incredibly the power of our senses, physical strength, memory, and mental capacity through science and technology. We are a unique cosmic phenomenon in the evolution of the universe. Our duty is to help the cosmos succeed in its evolutionary experiment on this planet. Heads of state recognize that they have a duty not only toward their people, towards the planet and towards humanity, but also towards the success of cosmic evolution on Planet Earth.
5. The next phase of our evolution will therefore be a cosmic, spiritual age in which the Earth becomes a true showcase in the universe, with human beings in perfect physical, mental, moral, affective and spiritual union with the universe and time. Humans at long last recognize that they are living cosmic entities, part of the universe's evolution on a particular, miraculous, lucky, life-teeming planet circling in the fathomless, mysterious universe.
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