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Postby BlueWater on Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:37 pm

Introduction

[/b]Ubuntu[/b] is an age-old African term for humaneness - for caring, sharing and being in harmony with all of creation. As an ideal, it promotes co-operation between individuals, cultures and nations.

Presentation

At the end of 2000, Federico Mayor made a call to the different actors in civil society around the world.

"The 21st century is faced with a process of "globalisation" in which agreements, mergers and joint endeavour in the international networks of the big financial, industrial and service industries enormously influence the whole world. This situation has made it necessary for another actor on the world scene, the so-called "civil society", to establish worldwide links so as to be able to influence the issues on the world agenda that affect it each day to an extraordinary degree.Thus, as many voices as possible should unite to attain sufficient magnitude to be heard and to bring about an interaction that would favour the presence of a "more human sense" in political, social, economic and cultural actions on a worldwide scale. The main objective is to join forces, to construct bridges of dialogue and communication between personalities and intellectuals, international organisations and institutions, people from the university and media spheres etc., who are primarily concerned with working for peace, democracy, sustainable development, human dignity and human rights and who, working together to defend these great principles, might open up a favourable dialogue with other actors in the international arena so that this debate might eventually have an important part to play on the world stage. The aim is to create a network of networks, a movement of movements in which, united yet diverse, all these elements can jointly weave structures and forums of opinion and encounters that make it possible to work for the values and principles that sustain life in a democracy, thereby attaining true human development on a worldwide scale that ensures both harmony with nature and cultural diversity."

This call has led to the scheduling of two constitutive meetings (April 2001 and March 2002), covering a period that has been particularly rich in events concerning civil society. At the first meeting it was decided to create the WORLD FORUM OF NETWORKS OF CIVIL SOCIETY - UBUNTU. UBUNTU is an age-old African term for humaneness - for caring, sharing and being in harmony with all creation. As an ideal it promotes cooperation between individuals, cultures and nations. This decision was confirmed at the second meeting and the project has gone ahead at different institutional and operative levels. The desire that the Forum should be a pro-active (prospective and propositive) voice for placing the human being at the centre of all political, economic and social decisions has also been accentuated.
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Postby BlueWater on Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:44 pm

1. The ultimate aim of the UBUNTU initiative is, given the particular seriousness of the current problems, to promote the construction of a world that is more human, just, peaceful, diverse and sustainable, thus contributing to bring about a transition from a culture based on force and imposition towards a culture of peace, dialogue, justice, equity, and solidarity. In order to achieve this, it will be necessary to be equipped with new procedures and institutions of democratic worldwide governance on every scale (reforming what exists and/or creating new forms) which, with other actors, and always taking into account the active participation of "civil society",

2. To strengthen the voice of civil society and reinforce the role of existing organisations. The UBUNTU initiative therefore aims at:

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Having a holistic and global outlook rather than a specific, issue-related or local one. To take into account specific and local issues and their inter-relation with, and complementing of, global issues.

b) Making the strengths of civil society more visible and effective throughout the world.

c) Working together to identify the main challenges facing humanity and proposing common strategies and plans of action based on those already in existence.

d) To work on new common proposals concerning the world's problems, their possible solutions and management (procedures and institutions, the effective presence, along with other actors, of civil society, etc.)

e) To engage in common activities - communiqués, campaigns, etc. - among the organisations participating in the initiative, as an action that will offer permanent information to citizens concerning the major issues on the world agenda.

f) To create capacity for dialogue, political pressure and influence of civil society with regard to governments, international organisations, economic power and the mass media.
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