Upcoming Events: 2010 and 2012
WCPA to offer seminars and mailings from Costa Rica
By agreement with the Institute for Economic Democracy Press, the WCPA is now developing a book in Spanish that includes the Earth Constitution, the Manifesto of the Earth Federation, and an Introduction by Glen T. Martin. Martin, WCPA Treasurer Phyllis Turk, and others will be hosted by the WCPA Chapter in Costa Rica during May. The Chapter is headed by Lic. Celina Garcia who is also a Vice-President of worldwide WCPA.
From the offices of the Center for the Study of Peace in San Jose (affiliated with WCPA) we will be sending out copies of the new Constitution book in Spanish to all Latin American Heads of State. The new Bolivarian Revolution in many Latin American countries needs to know about this option for transforming the present world disorder of imperialism and exploitation into one of peace, justice, freedom, and sustainability.
WCPA Costa Rica is also organizing seminars (open to the public) and other lectures during this period. This is part of an on-going drive to alert the peoples of Latin America to the worldwide work of WCPA.
WCPA Global Meetings and Chief Justices Conference December 2011: Report with Photos
WCPA to acquire a new office in Mexico City
Fruitful discussions between Francisco Plancarte, a prominent Mexican world federalist leader and Reinhart Ruge, Honorary President for Life of WCPA, have resulted in new offices being opened in Mexico City that will house several organizations dedicated to creating democratic world government, including WCPA. Dr. Ruge gave Francisco Plancarte many copies of the Earth Constitution in Spanish that will be distributed from these new offices.
WCPA participates in World Peace Thinkers and Poets Meet and holds session of the Provisional World Parliament
December 27-31, 2010
Dr. Santi Nath Chattopadhyay, Director of the International Society for Intercultural Study and Research (ISISAR) and a Vice-President of worldwide WCPA, was organizational director for the huge conference called "World Peace Thinkers and Poets Meet" in Kolkata. International participants as well as thinkers and poets from all over India participated. The 12th Session of the PWP took place as part of this larger conference. Reports of the work of the Parliament are found separately on this website.
WCPA has large showing at International Conferences in Lucknow, India
Many WCPA members participated in the International Conference of Chief Justices of the World and corresponding Global Symposium sponsored by the City Montessori School (CMS) of Lucknow and its founder/manager, Dr. Jagdish Gandhi. Dr. Gandhi is a Vice-President of worldwide WCPA. A large delegation to these events came from Chennai in South India, headed by Professor R. Ananthanarayanan, Director of WCPA for Asia and a Vice-President of worldwide WCPA. A copy of the Earth Constitution in English was placed by CMS in the conference packets of all participants.
Report onthe 12th session of the Provisional World Parliament in Kolkata, India, Dec. 27-31, 2010 and the corresponding conference of International Philosophers for Peace.
WCPA Honorary President for life lectures at the World Forum of Spiritual Culture at Astana, Kazakhstan
Dr. Reinhart Ruge, was provided with all expenses paid invitation for making a presentation at the World Forum of Spiritual Culture in Astana, Kazakhstan. Dr. Ruge also carried with him about 20 copies of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth in the Russian language, which he distributed in this former state of the USSR where many people speak Russian. His speech emphasized the crisis faced by the world and the growing severity of our world problems that continue the longer that the world delays in ratifying the Earth Constitution.
WCPA sends representatives to the General Review Conference of the International Criminal Court in Kampala, Uganda
June 1-11, 2010
During the first 11 days of June, Dr. Eugenia Almand and Dr. Glen T. Martin represented our movement at the first General Review Conference of the International Criminal Court in Kampala, Uganda. Both WCPA and IOWP are members of the Coalition to Support the ICC, which includes many NGOs from around the world that understand the significance of the historical development of the ICC. The official home page of the ICC describes some of this background and significance:
"The International Criminal Court (ICC), governed by the Rome Statute, is the first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community.
The ICC is an independent international organization, and is not part of the United Nations system. Its seat is at The Hague in the Netherlands. Although the Courtís expenses are funded primarily by States Parties, it also receives voluntary contributions from governments, international organizations, individuals, corporations and other entities.
The international community has long aspired to the creation of a permanent international court, and, in the 20th century, it reached consensus on definitions of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The Nuremberg and Tokyo trials addressed war crimes, crimes against peace, and crimes against humanity committed during the Second World War.
In the 1990s after the end of the Cold War, tribunals like the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda were the result of consensus that impunity is unacceptable. However, because they were established to try crimes committed only within a specific time-frame and during a specific conflict, there was general agreement that an independent, permanent criminal court was needed.
On 17 July 1998, the international community reached an historic milestone when 120 States adopted the Rome Statute, the legal basis for establishing the permanent International Criminal Court. The Rome Statute entered into force on 1 July 2002 after ratification by 60 countries."
This means that the ICC is a central aspect of the development of world law applying to individuals, not simply to sovereign nations (which is largely the case with the U.N.). The Nuremberg and Tokyo trials after the Second World War established the principle that individuals must be held responsible for their actions even when under the command of their national governments during war. For the first time, the ICC is developing a mechanism (other than ad hoc trials by victors within wars) for holding individuals responsible.
As you may know, the Provisional World Parliament has adopted statutes regarding elements of crimes and rules of procedure from the ICC and strengthened them to the status of provisional world legislative acts under the Earth Constitution (e.g. WLA 19 and 20: www.worldproblems.net).
Drs. Almand and
Martin were in Kampala to show the NGOs and
States Parties representatives there the
tremendous increase in the scope and
effectiveness of the ICC that would take place
if the court were to link itself with the
Constitution for the Federation of Earth.
A special flyer designed for the occasion was
handed out at the Review Conference, and
presented to the conference Secretariat, and
many copies of our new book were available:
A Constitution for the Federation of Earth: with
Historical Introduction, Commentary, and
Conclusion by Glen T. Martin (IED Press,
Secretary-General gives seminars in Ghana and Togo
Dr. Glen T. Martin spent three weeks in May traveling to four cities, hosted by WCPA chapters in the region. The first was in Kasoa, Ghana, at the chapter headed by Reverend Anthony Tawiah and Bishop Isaac Taylor, the second was in Kumasi, Ghana, at the chapter headed by Bishop Immanuel Mensah, the third and fourth were in Sokode, Togo and Kara, Togo, organized by WCPA Coordinator for Africa, Dr. Dominque Balouki, who is also a worldwide Vice-President of WCPA.
WCPA Africa Trip: May-June
Secretary-General in Costa Rica gives seminars on the Earth Constitution and Earth Federation Movement
December 2009 to January 2010
Dr. Glen T. Martin spent several weeks in Costa Rica giving seminars on the work of WCPA, establishing the new WCPA Chapter there, and hosted by Celina Garcia, a Vice-President of worldwide WCPA and Director of the Center for the Study of Peace in San Jose.
December 27-31, 12th session of the Provisional World Parliament meets in Kolkata, India in conjunction with the large "World Peace Thinkers and Poets Meet" congress. Delegates and speakers from many countries participate.