Institute on World Problems

and

Graduate School of World Problems

Sri Lanka Office: 41, Dias Place, Colombo 12, Sri Lanka fax/phone 94-1-345483

North American Office: 313 7th Avenue, Radford, VA 24141, USA fax 001-540-831-5919 email gmartin@radford.edu

www.worldproblems.net

 

Mission of the Institute

The Institute on World Problems is a dynamic, not for profit, educational institution devoted to creating a world order of peace, justice, and freedom on our precious planet Earth. Faculty and students associated with the Institute are dedicated to examining world problems in depth from comprehensive and holistic point of view.

We emphasize integrated solutions to global problems through the elaboration of world law and a world parliament. We share a common vision of a world of peace, justice, and freedom within democratic world government under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.

Faculty and students study the entire range of global environmental problems:

the problem of global militarism and terrorism

the problems of global poverty, social chaos, and lawlessness

the problem of worldwide human rights abuses and violations of human dignity

the problem of population explosion

the multifaceted problem of global environmental degradation: world water resources, loss of agricultural lands, global warming, deforestation, depletion of fisheries, environmental pollution, ozone depletion, and so on.

Our Institute studies these and related issues in depth in an effort to understand their interdependency and in what ways they can be addressed through the elaboration of world law. We train people to understand these problems deeply and how they can be addressed through democratic processes and global government.

Students in Africa reflect on the significance of the Earth Flag

The IOWP promotes study, distribution, and translation of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. We examine the history of its development by world citizens during four decades of the 20th century. We study its organizational functions, articles on human rights and duties, parliamentary structures, division of governmental functions and powers, and its integrated solutions to the world problems faced by humankind.

As part of this mission, the IOWP encourages the enhancement of world communication among cultures, nations, and individuals through networking among similar-minded global organizations. We seek to promote understanding and cooperation among the peoples, religions, nations, and races of the world. We produce translations of important documents related to the elaboration of world law. We encourage multi-linguistic competence, including of literacy in Esperanto, and the teaching of English or other languages as a second language.

The IOWP also serves as a focal point of information and communications among organizations and individuals working for a better world through democratic world government. We support networking and cooperation among the several world government organizations. We support such movements as people registering themselves as world citizens and organizing assemblies of world citizens. We support people and students around the world who organize model world parliaments, or conferences for the promotion of esperanto, or citizen assemblies on the environment, population, the rights of women, militarism, and so on. The Institute holds conferences, parliaments, and other meetings in the promotion of its work for a world of peace, justice, and freedom within a healthy planetary environment.

The Constitution for the Federation of Earth

The Earth Constitution was created through the efforts of many world citizens and international lawyers over the period of 33 years from 1958 to 1991. Under the leadership of the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA), during the first ten years three Preparatory Congresses were organized and the call for a constitutional convention was circulated worldwide. It was also sent to all the national governments and UN Ambassadors. The culmination of this process was the first World Constitutional Convention in 1968 at Interlaken, Switzerland and Wolfach, Germany that attracted 200 delegates from twenty-seven countries worldwide.

Work on drafting a viable world constitution commenced as a combined effort of many world citizens from around the planet. Work proceeded through a second session of the World Constituent Assembly at Innsbruck, Austria in 1977. At this second session, the initial draft of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth was debated paragraph by paragraph and the final result personally signed by many world citizens present at that important historical event.

The Constitution was then sent to all members of the UN General Assembly and to all national governments. It was again distributed worldwide for debate and possible revisions prior to the third session of the Assembly held at Colombo, Sri Lanka in January, 1979. In Colombo, a declaration was also made regarding the rights of the peoples of Earth to create a constitution and obtain ratification. Article Seventeen of the Constitution specifies the criteria for ratification by the people and nations of Earth and legitimates the rights of the people of Earth to ratify and live under this Constitution.

Under the authority of Article Nineteen of the Constitution, world citizens who had personally ratified the Constitution began holding Provisional World Parliaments to elaborate the framework of law that will be necessary to organize human affairs on the planet. To date, we have held six Provisional World Parliaments and have elaborated the beginnings of quality world law. This body of legislation is preserved, translated, and studied by the Institute On World Problems.

This Constitution has been translated into twenty-two languages and is being promoted world-wide by the Global Ratification and Elections Network, the World Constitution and Parliament Association, and the Institute On World Problems. It provides for a federation of nations and peoples, creating democratic participation for every citizen of Earth within a tricameral World Parliament.

The World Parliament and all the agencies of world government have the explicit mandate and duty to work for the welfare of the entire planet, of every living person, and of future generations. Under the Constitution, not only are all nations required to demilitarize and eliminate all weapons of war, but the World Government itself is non-military. The Constitution prohibits the World Government from possession or development of any weapons of war or any military organization.

Our name (Institute On World Problems) and much of our mission are taken from Article 8, Section D of the Constitution. When world government under the Constitution is activated, the Institute will have had a long history of effective operation and readily assimilate into the federal government. In our understanding, the Institute is already a preliminary functioning agency of the Earth Federation.

The IOWP also sponsors agricultural, environmental and other development projects within developing countries in conjunction with local educational efforts regarding sustainability, environmental preservation, and democratic institution building.

History of the Graduate School of World Problems and the Institute On World Problems

In its early years, the Graduate School of World Problems was developed by Dr. Terence Amerasinghe as an institution focusing on world problems and their solution. Dr. Amerasinghe successfully introduced legislation linking the Graduate School with the Constitution for the Federation of Earth to the first session of the Provisional World Parliament meeting in Brighton, England in 1982. The Graduate School has operated from our Sri Lanka office for these many years. Recently the name of the "Institute On World Problems" was added to link the Graduate School even more directly with the Earth Constitution.

We have held many regional seminars around the world, especially in developing countries, ranging in length from three days to three weeks. A number of these seminars have been on the Indian subcontinent and in West Africa. The longer seminars require students to pass an examination and lead to the award of a certificate of completion. This brochure includes photos from some of these seminars.

 

 

Officers and Core Faculty

President, Dr. Terence P. Amerasinghe. Holding M.A., D.ED, and Bar at Law degrees from the U.K. and U.S., Dr. Amerasinghe is former Attorney-at-Law in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. He has been Co-President of the World Constitution and Parliament Association for many years, traveling extensively in the work for democratic world government under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.

Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Treasurer, Dr. Glen T. Martin. Dr. Martin is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Radford University in Virginia, USA, and President of International Philosophers for Peace (IPPNO). He has been a delegate at the Fourth and Fifth Provisional World Parliaments and is a Vice-President of the World Constitution and Parliament Association.

Vice-President for Governmental Affairs, Dr. Reinhart Ruge. Sir Reinhart Ruge has been awarded knighthood as a Knight of Malta for his extraordinary contributions to a world under the rule of law. Speaking many languages fluently, Dr. Ruge has traveled extensively in the service of world government, speaking to assemblies and meeting with governmental ministers or parliament members from many countries. For many years he has been Co-President of the World Constitution and Parliament Association.

Vice-President for Economic Affairs,  Dr. J.W. Smith.   J.W. Smith is Director of the Institute for Economic Democracy Publisher that publishes high-quality books on economic democracy and world federalism.   He is author of a number of books, including Economic Democracy: The Political Struggle of the 21st Century and Money: The Mirror Image of the Economy.

Executive Director, Ms. Eugenia Almand. Eugenia Almand has a Masters Degree in Computer Science and Education from California State University and is credentialed in teaching both English and Spanish as a second language. She has been a leader in the movement for democratic federal world government since 1984. Ms. Almand has created the impressive web site for the Graduate School of World Problems and has done extensive work on curriculum development for the Institute, as well as in the area of world legislation.

Professor and Trustee, Dr. Dominique Balouki.  Professor Balouki of Togo, West Africa is owner and Director of INSAK Global School in the city of Kara.  He is author of several books on sustainable agriculture and is WCPA Coordinator for Africa.

 Professor and Trustee, Dr. Dauji Gupta.   Professor Gupta is former Mayor of Lucknow, India and is a  member of Parliament in the state of Uttar Pradesh.   For many years he has been a supporter of democratic world government.

How You Can Support the Work of the Institute

We gratefully accept tax-deductible bequests, trusts, and grants, in addition to annual contributions. Supporters of the Institute can contribute annually to our work in any of the following categories:

Patron $ US 300+ ________ Sponsor $100+ ________ Friend $ 50+ ________ Associate $25+ ________

Members from developing countries are welcome to become Associates for any annual contribution in US currency.

Tax deductible contributions should be made out to Institute On World Problems (IOWP) and sent to Dr. Glen T. Martin, Treasurer, 313 Seventh Ave. Radford VA, 24141, USA. Fax: 540-831-5919. Email:

Please send us information about yourself: name, position, address, phone, email, and fax so that we may keep you informed about the work of the Institute.   Please host IOWP workshops or seminars in your country.

 

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