We live in a world that is not too different from the one of the past. While earlier generations were faced with challenges of food security, health and education, a majority of people today are still struggling for equitable access to them. Although it is true that the world has become better connected due to the rapid advances in communications and the growth of international trade, disparities have increased exponentially, especially with regard to access to health, education, employment opportunities, social emancipation and environmental justice. With national governments being overthrown by force and the resurgence of terror as an acceptable means of achieving political objectives, human rights have taken a beating. Vaccine nationalism has made the world even more economically disparate and nations and people around the world are already experiencing the severe impact of climate change. International conduct is at an all-time low and global unity seems a chimera. Compounding the issue is the threat of nuclear proliferation and the very real danger of a Third World War....
Sub-theme 1: Establishment of a World Parliamentary Assembly for UN Accountability and Legitimacy
The World Parliamentary Assembly aims at complementing the work of the General Assembly by giving direct representation to the peoples of the world and passing binding legislation. In order to achieve the stated goals of the model of United Nations, Parliamentary Assembly requires institutional changes to the UN system in favour of a newly established system of international co-operation. Article 22 of the UN Charter allows the General Assembly to establish subsidiary organizations as it deems necessary.
Sub theme 2: Reform of Global Governance Structures – Collaboration & Accountability
Climate change, rising economic inequalities, marginalization of the poor and the minorities, lack of education & employment opportunities, and health are some of the global issues that need to be addressed urgently. The COVID pandemic has shown that no nation, however powerful, can solve its problems on its own - it needs the support of global governance institutions which themselves must have the respect and trust of all countries of the world.
Sub-theme 3: Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Planetary Wellbeing and the Legacy of Minors Opposa vs. Secretary Factoran
Nations around the world are already experiencing severe impacts of climate change. Developing nations will be affected far more severely by changes in temperature than developed because they lack the wealth, technology, and government institutions to effectively cope with climate change. There are indications that the most significant temperature changes will occur in politically unstable countries, creating an additional motivation for developed countries to actively engage with developing nations on climate mitigation strategies.
Sub-theme 4: Establishment of an International Anti-Corruption Court
187 Countries are party to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), which requires the criminalization of corruption. However, these laws are rarely enforced. The IACC, as a court of last resort, could fill a crucial gap in the international framework for combating grand corruption. Establishing the IACC, supporting national anti-corruption measures, and forging a network of young people committed fighting grand corruption in their own countries are some of its main priorities.
Sub theme 5: Rule of Law (World Law) and Nuclear Disarmament
Modern challenges that the world faces have to be countered by a collective response that must be guided by the rule of law, as it is the foundation of friendly and equitable relations between states and lies at the base of fair societies. Justice, opportunity, and peace underpin development, accountable government, and respect for fundamental rights which can only be achieved by effective rule of law which in turn reduces corruption, combats poverty and disease, and protects people from injustices large and small.
Sub-theme 6: Global Citizenship Education – Role in Achieving the SDGs
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or the Global Goals), inspire action to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities, and tackle climate change, all the while ensuring that no one is left behind. The idea of Global Citizenship - that the actions we take here can affect lives all over the world, is a compelling lesson for the classroom. Engaging students on global issues, and especially taking action locally, can spark exciting projects and build global awareness in students, developing compassion for the world around them, and discovering the power of taking action.
Sub-theme 7: Race / Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women - a prerequisite for social justice
Gender-based discrimination and inequalities are the most pervasive forms of human rights violations around the world. In order to address the root causes of discrimination against women and girls and overcome structural impediments, gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment has been made a priority in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, underscoring the vital role of women in achieving sustainable development, to ensure women’s equal rights, access and opportunities for participation and leadership in all spheres of decision-making.
Sub-theme 8: Interfaith Dialogue and Learning - essential for building relationships
It is now widely accepted that Interfaith dialogue is crucial to developing cohesive and progressive communities. The challenge then, is to promote interfaith dialogue between individuals/organisations/communities within civil society by promoting understanding of what dialogue is for and how the dynamics of conditions, spaces, processes, relationships and identity can enable successful interfaith dialogue, and how these might be developed in ways to address local and global issues.
Dr Jagdish Gandhi,
Founder-Manager CMS & Convener
Adv. Sandeep Srivastava