Charter of the Global Senate
We, the delegates of the peoples of the world, hereby commit and resolve:
Ø To promote better life to mankind, well-being and happiness to individual human being;
Ø To recognize and respect the dignity of the individual and, consequently, of the person’s inborn human rights;
Ø To advance social, economic, political, cultural, and technological progress and development for the good of the individual, society, and the world.
AND TO SECURE THESE ENDS:
Ø To foster love of fellow human being, understanding, tolerance, and acceptance of others, regardless of color, gender, language, age, religion, social and economic status, and political beliefs;
Ø To promote and uphold the Rule of Law, truth, justice, fairness, compassion, security, and peace all over the world;
Ø To conduct studies on global financial, economic, social, cultural, environmental, health, and related problems, concerns or issues, and to make recommendations and reports;
Have resolved to unite, cooperate, and collaborate to forge a common will and social agreement to achieve these goals.
Accordingly, we, the sovereign eminent individuals, in general assembly plenary session assembled in Washington DC, USA, have agreed to and approved this Charter of the Global Senate and do hereby promulgate and proclaim the establishment and existence of the Global Senate.
Purposes and Principles
The purposes of the Global Senate are:
Ø To promote the ideals and principles stated in the Preamble of this Charter;
Ø To promote international understanding, friendship, solidarity, cooperation, and peace among all nations and ethnic groups;
Ø To serve as a forum to express concerns and issues of social, economic, political, cultural, ethical, humanitarian, and technological character and global in scope.
Ø To conduct researches and studies on the aforementioned concerns and issues and recommend appropriate policies that can lead to crafting of resolutions on international level and legislation on regional and national levels that can solve the problems in those areas of concern, or otherwise take it upon itself to take appropriate actions, programs, and projects to translate to reality those policies;
Ø To promote, uphold, and practice the open society characterized by truth, justice, fairness, freedom, and liberal social democracy consisting of free market and State participation in the economy to ensure financial, economic, political, and social stability, promote equity and egalitarianism, respect and observance of human rights.
In furtherance of the Purposes stated in Article 1, the Global Senate and its Members through the leadership of the Secretary General shall be guided in their acts and utterances by the following principles:
Ø The Global Senate shall promote the common or general interest and welfare of mankind.
Ø The Global Senate shall strive to help harmonize and reconcile the national interests of nation-states.
Ø The Global Senate shall promote or support peaceful and amicable means of dispute or conflict resolution among nations, ethnic groups, multinational corporations, organizations whether international, regional, national, or local.
Ø To support, collaborate, cooperate, and work with any organization, entity, or person whether natural or legal, who adhere and believe in the Purposes and Principles of the Global Senate.
Ø To promote sustainable, socially just, fair and equitable social, economic, and political development and initiatives; programs and projects.
Ø To protect and enhance the environment, to initiate and support initiatives to reduce global warming, and help mitigate the effects of climate change.
Ø To take appropriate steps to reduce poverty, promote food security and water security, and eliminate hunger.
Ø To endeavor that nation-states, other organizations, entities, or persons who are not represented in the Global Senate shall respect the Purposes and Principles of the Global Senate.
Ø To use moral suasion, knowledge power, and influence in the furtherance or pursuit of the Purposes and Principles of the Global Senate.
Ø To claim from the Members voluntary assumption of the obligations to observe the Purposes and Principles of the Charter of the Global Senate.
The Founding Members of the Global Senate shall consist of the Ambassadors who registered and participated in the World Forum convened by the World Forum Federation at the historic Willard Inter-Continental Hotel in Washington DC from June 29 to July 4, 2009.
1. Membership in the Global Senate is open to eminent persons who are globally oriented, adhere to the Purposes and Principles provided in this Charter and accept the obligations and responsibilities of membership in the Global Senate.
2. Membership shall be by invitation by the Secretariat of the Global Senate headed by the Secretary General.
3. The members are expected to take initiatives in support of the Purposes and Principles by means of their expertise and resources.
4. Members of the Global Senate shall have the right to attend its sessions, right to vote on any matter calling for a division of the house, to deliver speeches on matter of personal privilege, to propose or sponsor any resolution on any concern or issue stated in this Charter or any global issue that may emerge in the future.
5. Members of the Global Senate shall have duties and obligations to observe civility and courtesy to fellow members.
6. Members of the Global Senate shall be subject to discipline, suspension or expulsion for disorderly or unparliamentary behavior, involvement in corruption, or acts inimical to the Global Senate.
7. Membership to the Global Senate shall be lost upon resignation, expulsion, incapacity, total disability, or death.
Supporting Councils or Committees
The Councils or Committees of the Global Senate
1. The Global Senate shall have the following Councils or Committees:
1.1 Council on Global Financial, Economic, Social, and Political Stability and Development.
1.2 Council on Global Security, Peace, and Progress.
1.3 Council on Education and Training.
1.4 Council on Arts, Literature, and Culture.
1.5 Council on Science and Technology.
1.6 Council on Civil and Political Human Rights.
1.7 Council on Social, Economic and Cultural Human Rights.
1.8 Council on Environment, Global Warming, Climate Change, and Ecology.
1.9 Council on Poverty, Hunger, Food and Water Security.
1.10 Council on Energy and Alternative Sources of Energy.
1.11 Council on Animal Rights.
1.12 Council on Children’s Rights.
1.13 Council on Gender and Feminism.
1.14 Council on Open Society and Democracy
1.15 Council on Migration, Labor Mobility, and Employment
Provisions Common to All Councils
1. Any member of the Global Senate may join one to three Councils where he or she may want to be a member based on his/her expertise or interest.
2. The members of each Council shall elect or by consensus choose its own Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Rapporteur. Voluntarism to any position shall be recognized.
3. The Secretariat shall provide staff member/s who shall assist in recording the proceedings of the Council and generally to provide staff services support, and coordination with the Secretariat.
4. Each Council shall fashion its own parliamentary procedure, set the dates and venue of their meetings or use teleconferencing or interactive communication through the Internet or other electronic means of communication.
5. Each Council shall make its own Annual Report and submit the same to the Secretariat, which shall provide a copy to each member of the Global Senate.
6. The officers and members of each Council shall serve for a term of four years to commence on the date of election of the officers, unless otherwise prevented to finish the term by reason of health, incapacity, or resignation.
Programs and Projects and Role of Secretary General
1. The Secretary General shall formulate, implement, or otherwise manage or oversee the programs and projects of the Global Senate.
2. The Secretary General shall raise funds from various sources of funding – multilateral agencies like the IMF and World Bank; regional organizations like the European Union and ADB; governments of nation-states and/or its international development agencies like Ausaid, CIDA, JICA, US AID; foundations, corporations, and philanthropic individuals for the purpose of funding the programs and projects of the Global Senate in the pursuit of its Purposes and Principles.
3. The Secretary General shall serve as Chief Executive Officer, with full power and authority, of the programs and projects of the Global Senate to ensure their formulation, financial or material support, implementation, and sustainability.
4. The Secretary General may conduct conferences, seminars, workshops, information campaign through print, broadcast and/or electronic media to promote the Purposes and Principles, Programs and Projects of the Global Senate.
5. The Secretary General shall establish linkages, consortium, affiliations, or understanding with other organizations whether governmental or non-governmental, academe and think tanks, profit or non-profit, on global, regional, national, or local levels in furtherance of the Purposes and Principles, Programs and Projects of the Global Senate.
6. The Secretary General is empowered to perform or do any act necessary or incidental to ensure the furtherance of the Purposes and Principles, programs and projects of the Global Senate and to sign any documents, papers or instruments related thereto.
Done at Willard Intercontinental Hotel, Washington DC,
USA this 4th day of July 2009.
EMMANUEL T. SANTOS