World Constitution and Parliament Association
The World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) is a worldwide organization working with love and dedication for planetary peace, justice, freedom, and sustainability. We are widely affiliated with human rights organizations, environmental organizations, peace organizations, and other concerned groups working for a decent future of planet Earth.
The WCPA is the organization responsible for drafting the Constitution for the Federation of Earth and for promoting its ratification by the people and nations of Earth.
We stand for worldwide environmental protection, non-violent conflict resolution, human rights protection, and the rule of just, enforceable law for all nations and peoples.
The WCPA was established in 1958 by Professor Philip Isely and his wife Margaret Isely of Denver Colorado, USA, to create a Constitution for a Federation of Earth and to promote democratic world government under that Constitution. They were soon joined by Dr. Terence Amerasinghe and Dr. Reinhart Ruge, who became Co-Presidents.
Since then, the organization has grown into a worldwide movement, with chapters today in many countries involving many thousands of citizens around the world.
In addition, over the years thousands of concerned world citizens have registered as delegates for Provisional World Parliaments organized by WCPA and have declared themselves as personal ratifiers of the Earth Constitution. To date, there have been 13 sessions of the World Parliament in cities around the world.
We have specific projects in a number of countries where WCPA chapters work on their preferred issues. Our global projects include the following:
(1) The Constitution — Worldwide promotion of the Earth Constitution as a subject of study, discussion, and model for emulation within educational institutions, NGOs, and public forums. Through this we promote world citizenship and the need for peoples, nations, and corporations to begin thinking globally in terms of democratic world law for the Earth, with the goal of the eventual ratification of the Constitution, bringing democratic law and environmental protection to our endangered planet.
(2) The World Parliament — The WCPA is also responsible for holding sessions of the Provisional World Parliament, and for the future convening of a Founding Ratification Convention, to obtain official ratification of this Earth Constitution under the criteria given in Article 17 of the Constitution. The 14th Session of the Parliament met in Kolkata, India, December 27-29, 2015 as part of the larger “World Thinkers Writers Peace Meet” (Dec. 27-31, 2015).
(3) World Court System — We are developing the Collegium of World Judges that is mandated in Article 9 of the Constitution, primarily through inviting retired Supreme Court Justices from various countries to participate. From the Collegium are selected justices to staff various benches of the World Court System, thereby promoting the rule of law with universal jurisdiction for the Earth. At the moment we are developing a bench of the World Court to examine the Chevron-Ecuador case that has been going on for more than 20 years.
(4) Signatories to the Earth Constitution — We invite people everwhere to become a personal ratifier of the Earth Constitution by signing our Pledge of Allegiance. As the number of signatories from all over the planet continues to grow, so does the momentum to recognize and ratify the Constitution.
(5) Membership in WCPA — People may be individual members of WCPA or be involves with WCPA chapters that exist in a number of countries. Membership is free in the poorer countries and very low cost in the wealthier countries. WCPA members often develop local projects as representatives of the Earth Constitution and its list of human rights, human equality, principles of justice, and environmental protection. Click here for membership application.
WCPA Statement of Purpose — Who We Are and What We’re Doing
Under the current fragmented world disorder:
full of war, injustice, terrorism, hatred, environmental destruction, poverty, and misery, our lives and destinies, and those of our children, are fraught with uncertainty and peril. The World Constitution and Parliament Association works to take back responsibility for governing the Earth from militarized nation-states, vast unaccountable corporations, and gigantic crime or terrorist organizations, and, in their place, establish democratic self-government for all. We take direct action to promote and structure self-government at a global level by presenting a widely deliberated Constitution for the Federation of Earth as the legal guideline for democratic, non-military, parliamentary world federation in which the citizens can participate to make the decisions that will affect their lives.
There are many world citizens in the U.N. and international NGOs:
working in good faith for the development of more democratic, more universal , and more just forms of global governance. Many of them are working to develop systems of democratic participation so that the voice of the peoples of Earth can be heard. Many others are working to reform the U.N.: trying to convince the nation-state powers that now govern the U.N. that there must be development of more democratic structures within that organization moving the world toward global democratic systems of governance. We recognize the good intentions and hard work of such world citizens, but the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) and the Earth Federation Movement (EFM) are not about any of this.
We are not willing:
to wait while the present powers dominating the U.N. and the Earth destroy human life and our planetary ecosystem. We are not willing to wait while more than a fifth of the human population goes to bed hungry at night: malnourished, diseased, living in hell. We are not willing to wait while the planetary ecosystem collapses around us, bringing ever-more death and destruction to peoples everywhere on Earth. We are not willing to wait while the great imperial powers prepare World War Three with their tactical nuclear weapons, their systematic torture and assassination of all who oppose their systems of global domination and exploitation.
We are not willing:
to wait until 1.5 billion people have “democratically” joined our movement before acting, with integrity and responsibility, to transform the present unjust and unworkable world disorder. We are not willing to go begging to the U.N. powers with the humble request that they change the structure of the U.N. before it is too late. We are not willing to watch human life and the Earth destroyed while waiting for some “democratic majority” to make a decision to act.
We stand upon the immense truth:
that each human being must live with integrity and take responsibility here and now for the self-government of ourselves and our planet. We understand that the present powers governing the world (huge unaccountable concentrations of wealth, vast secret military organizations, and grossly non-democratic decision procedures within the U.N.) are profoundly illegitimate. They have the power, but they have no legitimacy: no “right” to govern. As world citizens willing to take responsibility for the self-government of ourselves and our planet it is our duty to act, here and now, to establish a truly just, peaceful, and democratic world system.
We do not beg the powers that be to change.
We do not delay action until some imaginary democratic majority has acted first. For we understand the historical nature of “origins.” Democratic majorities can only make legitimate decisions when there are institutions in place to recognize those decisions. However, there are no such democratic institutions in place for the world. Majorities cannot make decisions until such institutions are in place: until they are established, for example, by ratification of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. In the absence of such institutionalized procedures, world citizens must act to govern the Earth: for the Earth is now not being governed in the name of either democracy or justice, but only in the name of power-seeking, war, greed, exploitation, raping of resources, and wanton destruction.
We citizens of the Earth must begin now to govern ourselves.
We must understand that our present historic responsibility is to create a new beginning. To face courageously and with integrity that ours is a time demanding the establishment of a new beginning (an “origin”) for the people of Earth. We act here and now to begin self-government for the Earth. To wait begging before the present world powers is cowardly and irresponsible. To refuse to act until some imaginary majority has first acted is to abdicate our dignity and responsibility as citizens of this planet.
Under Article 19 of the Earth Constitution the citizens of Earth have the duty and responsibility:
to begin “provisional” world government. The Provisional World Parliament and other developments under the emerging Earth Federation (based on the Earth Constitution) are not mere “models” or “suggestions,” hoping that the corrupt powers that be will somehow be inspired to change themselves. No. The Provisional World Parliament is the beginning of genuine government for the Earth. The only way to deal with the “problem of origins” is to establish a new beginning. From this beginning then comes the institutions and procedures for democratic decision-making by the people of Earth.
We are doing what is absolutely necessary at this critical juncture of history.
We are not evading our responsibility by begging the illegitimate powers that be to somehow change. As free world citizens of planet Earth, we are choosing to begin governing ourselves, governing on behalf of the disenfranchised people of Earth and on behalf of future generations who cry out to us: “Why have you been so timid in the face of the corrupt systems of power and domination now destroying our lives, our future, and the precious Earth? Why do you continue to beg at their locked doorways? Where is your dignity, vision, and assumption of gigantic responsibility for yourselves and the human condition?”
WCPA, the Earth Federation Movement, and the Provisional World Parliament:
represent real, effective action to transform our brutal and corrupt world disorder before it is too late. We represent the people of Earth who cry out for a true origin, a true new beginning that will institutionalize their sovereignty and dignity. Their hopes and dreams live through us. The children of Earth cry out to us to simply begin, here and now, legitimate government for the Earth. We are doing just that: acting with immense integrity and responsibility to establish a legitimate, democratic order upon the Earth. Once that origin is established through ratification of the Earth Constitution, then institutions will be in place for the majority to govern, making the Earth a happy and safe home for humanity. In the present moment, we simply must act courageously and autonomously to make that happen.
At last, in WCPA, we citizens of Earth are taking direct responsibility:
for governing ourselves. An Earth Constitution has been drafted and personally ratified by hundreds of thousands of world citizens who are now taking responsibility for developing a peaceful and just world system. If you are willing to take this giant step into a life of true human autonomy, integrity, and global responsibility, then join us. You will become part of a new dawning for humanity. You will be building the very foundations for a civilized and just world system. You will be participating in the gigantic world-historical task facing our present generation: the founding of a new world system of peace, justice, prosperity, and sustainability. Acting in the here and now: for tomorrow is too late.