The Global Progress Commission is an initiative of the Socialist International, adopted at its last Congress in New York, with the overall objective of stimulating the debate and establishing a new platform of ideas and policy proposals to address the new challenges and problems in a changing world. The Socialist International elected Felipe González to preside it. The Global Progress Council has emerged from that commission.
Mankind is going through a period of dramatic changes driven by technologic revolution and the disappearance of the two opposing ideological blocs.
Globalization is unstoppable, beyond economic and security crises, with the growing interdependence of human beings; although this latter is unbalanced and unfair.
The State Nation, as a sphere for the completion of sovereignty, democracy and governance during the industrial era, is proving insufficient to address the challenges of this new era, without the emergence of new forms of governance for the new global reality.
In historical terms, real revolutions are those that change cultural relations between human beings because they establish a new communication system among them. This is what is happening with the revolution of the NET, the information that allows us to have real time knowledge of what is happening in any corner of the planet.
When a change of such extent happens at this speed, human beings, as a historical being, lose part of their references and disintegrate in the face of a reality they find difficult to interpret with the established codes and face the anguish of uncertainty.
Our reflection aims at analyzing the governance factors of globalization, based on three basic axes:
A new way of doing politics in order to make progress in the universalization of democratic values at the different levels of decision-making, respecting the original cultural patterns without going against this process but rather fuelling it.
A new approach to economic development that is more inclusive and thus more sustainable, posing the need –in terms of efficiency- to grow and distribute income while respecting the environment.
a new concept of international security to go with the necessary reform and strengthening of the United Nations, with systems that are able to address the new threats to peace without leading to unilateralism and preventive wars.
Therefore, the object is to contribute to the definition of a social democrat and progressive alternative able to:
Seize the opportunities offered by globalization while reducing the risks involved.
Offer a model that addresses the impact of the technologic revolution, which is economically and socially more sustainable, as well as in environmental terms, in the face of the failure and inequities of the neoconservative proposal.
Advocate for democratic values, peace, solidarity against warmongering and aggression in order to shape a new international order.