‘Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one..’ .. Does this sound familiar? Yes, you’re right, it’s one the Beatles’ songs and I’m using it to discuss the concept of global sovereignty.
Global sovereignty is a concept that we define as the power of the people , for the people and by the people of the entire world. In other words, we won’t be able to solve problems of collective action unless we strive for global sovereignty.
To illustrate this concept I will use the example of climate change, but it could be any transnational problem such as world peace (or lack thereof), migration, human trafficking, drugs, organized crime, money laundering, or even terrorism, among many other global issues. Presidents and Prime Ministers can’t agree on how to take action because they seek to protect the interests of their countries (exclusively of their nation). Such leaders blame on each other the problems of their countries, nevertheless, such problems could only be solved from a global perspective.
As Javier Solana, the EU’s former Representative of Foreign affairs, writes in his book called ‘Globernance’, “you are not polluting your air, you are polluting everyone’s air”. Yet, some nations won’t stop polluting the air as they call for a continued economic growth in times of “crisis”, others call upon the right to economic development and even some Europeans are blamed for the historical carbon footprint. This never-ending argument has been at the top of the agenda of an unlimited number of summits that,so far, have been incapable of taking any transcendent decision that could help solve the major problem of climate change or on other global issues.
What if we democratically elected a global parliament that would represent global sovereignty in order to be able to overcome such problems of global collective action? The answer is in each of us, we, the people.
The accountability of such representatives would not depend on the interests of a certain nation nor be influenced by the result of the elections of a specific country, but would mainly rely on all the citizens of the world through global elections. My fellow citizens of the world, just Imagine… I hope someday you will join us and the world will be as one.