For the first time in history, we have the knowledge, the technology, and the wealth to design a different world. We have the resources to “make poverty history.”
But, though we have the power to change the world, we are not taking the steps needed to do so. In 2000, the world’s governments adopted the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which aim to halve global poverty by 2015. Yet the international community has lacked the political will needed to meet these basic responsibilities to humanity, causing people to lose faith in politics. Unless we take action, our citizens will lose hope in the power of democracy – or find hope in extremism, fundamentalism, and violence.
To restore people’s trust not only in politics, but also in their own potential, our policies must guarantee responsible governance and institutions that work for and with responsible citizens. As the largest political organization in the world, the Socialist International can unite the world’s citizens around a new global agenda to achieve these goals.
Our first challenge is to democratize globalization. We must reconfigure globalization from the bottom-up, bringing in the two-thirds of the human race that is currently excluded from the process, on terms that reflect the socialist principles of inclusion, cultural diversity, and sustainable development.