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History of the MUNDIALIZATIONS  
The World Citizens have not assigned themselves any other purpose than that of inventing techniques in order to foster a world consciousness allowing the creation of a world public opinion which could promote and demand the setting up of WORLD INSTITUTIONS to ensure the survival of humanity.

For World Citizens, mundialization is a "technique" in the same way as registration, that is a means of speeding up the planetary consciousness of human problems.

Whereas registration is an individual engagement, mundialization may be considered as a collective engagement.

Three texts lead to individual engagement : the World Citizens' Pact, the Appeal of the 13. and Appeal of the Peoples' Congress

The basic text for mundialization is the Charter of Mundialization.

List of mundialized towns and communes

 To mundialize a commune means a transfer of the individual gesture of registration as Citizen of the World to the scale of the basic cell of any human group.

In taking his card of World Citizen, every one brings the proof that he has become aware of his share of personal responsibility in to-day’s problems : and thus the World citizen gives evidence that above his belonging to a local group, and national collectivity, he has felt and undestood that he belongs to a larger community – composed by the whole of humanity- and that he has duties and obligations towards it in the same way as he has some towards his native nation.

To register as World Citizen is to accept to partake in the task common to everyman, it is a moral engagement to transcend and transfer one’s obligations as citizen to a planetary scale ; it is to declare onself available for the fight to preserve the survival of humanity now threatened, to ensure the victory of the ideal of peace and justice for which all the men of good will are longing.

The mundialisation of a commune is the acte through which the commune, the basic cell of any social and political national organization declares having become aware of the problems which claim the attention of the world community and takes the pledge to seek, in full agreement with all the communes in the wolrd, a just and fair solution for every one.

Through this act, symbolical still, la population, either directly, either with a vote of its Town Council, declares that it realizes the great dangers which are threatening us and the realities which encircle us, and that it is ready to assume – for the share devolving on it – its responsabilities in the organization of a coherent world from which anguish and poverty would be banished.

  • Danger – The threat of total destruction hanging over humanity with the prospect of atomic war.
  • Danger – The unreasoned destruction of all the great natural riches.
  • Danger – Pollution of all sorts.
  • Reality – The interdpendence, not only political, but also technical, economic and moral of all the peoples.
  • Reality – The total interdependance of all the human beings confronted with the problems of peace and war, of underfeeding, of the distribution of raw materials.
  • Lastly, the reality of the need for a supranational organization, alone capable of proposing and iposing, if necessary, fair solutions to the problems which claim our attention and which the national governments are unable to solve.

Briefly, in deciding upon its mundialization, the comnune proclaims its will, beyond its local concern, to cooperate to the setting up of to-morrow's society, to take part in the construction of a better world where fear, poverty and hunger would disappear.

How was this idea of mundialization born and how did it grow?

CAHORS

The idea of this new technique originated from the "Mundialist Research and Study Centre" under the leadership of SARRAZAC.

Witnessing the wave of enthusiasm which followed GARRY DAVIS' gesture when he pitched his tent on the U.N.O. quarters, at the Palais de Chaillot, meeting with the very favorable reactions which ensued this demonstration, and noting what a success the meeting at the Palais des Sports had been, the Research Centre with some friends from Cahors including Dr. Sauvé put into shape the text of the Mundialization Charter which was to be submitted for approval to the CAHORS Town Council on July 3rd 1949.

On July 20 th, the newly elected Council voted for the Charter with 20 ayes and 7 abstentions.

On the following day, a committee was already starting a popular vote. 70 % of the voting population answered, 59 % of the registered electors voted for, 11 % did not pronounce themselves.

On September 30th, the LOT General Council passed a favourable motion and requested the LOT town councils to consider the enlargement of the CAHORS gesture to the whole department.

On February 15th 1950, 239 LOT communes had voted the text of the Charter. At FIGEAC, where political dissents were particularly serious, a popular vote was organized : 82 % of the registered electors voted in favour.

On June 24th and 25th 1950, ceremonies consecrating the LOT mundialization took place in CAHORS.

All those who had the immense pleasure of attending these celebrations keep unforgettable memories. The ceremony at VALENTRE bridge reached undescribable fervour and enthusiasm. The 5.000 inhabitants were in the street.

OTHER DEPARTMENTS

In a parallel direction similar testing took place in HAUTE GARONNE and TARN & GARONNE. REVEL, the native town of Vincent AURIOL, then President of the Republic, voted for mundialization on February 10th 1950 and on that occasion her mayor was given audience at the Elysee.

In the spring of 1950, 10 General Councils, from a zone reaching from LANDES to HERAULT and representing 3.400.000 inhabitants, passed resolutions in favour of the Charter.

In various regions of France, during the year 1950, many communes followed the CAHORS example.

16 town councils in AUDE, 24 in HAUTE GARONNE, 13 in TARN & GARONNE 13 in PAS de CALAIS, ILE de SEIN, and 2 communes in MEUSE declared themselves world territory. In 1951 and 1952 others still requested to be added on the list; in ISERE, particularly, Marius POIZAT, the mayor of MOUSTEROUX-MILIEU, taking advantage of the complete change of the Town Council, organized a parallel popular vote and about the Charter he obtained a more important majority than the one he had got on his proper list.

In DROME, by consulting individually each elector, we obtained the mundialization of BOURDEAUX, country chief-town and that of the two neighbouring communes ; these Referendums were confirmed by the vote of the Town Council.

Abroad, the same encouraging results were obtained. In GERMANY, KOENINGSWINTHER & OBERWINTER, BRANDE in DENMAM became mundialized. In BELGIUM, at CHASSEPIERE, FLORENVILLE, MONT SUR MARCHIENNE and GRAND MANIL, in ITALY, at ROCCA SINIBALDA, wherever the experiment was tried, there were similar results.

In INDIA, KISAN PANCHAYAT's peasant union and the two main universities LUCKNOW and ALLAHABAD accepted the Charter.

JAPAN too, under the shock of the HIROSHIMA and NAGASAKI apalling deeds, was gradually getting interested in this action and thanks to the Oomoto Association, in particular, numerous towns, then whole prefectures joined the movement.

Then in the GARD department the action was being worked at greater depths still by Renée et Roger Volpelière.

On December 11th 1950, the General Council had passed the following motion :

"Informed of the initiative of mundialization of the French communes and towns which has been undertaken in various departments by adopting the Charter of Mundialization.

After aknowledging the full implication of this Charter, calling individually and freely the inhabitants of the French communes to proclaim their will of peace by linking this will to that of all the peoples in the world.

Considering that peace is the most sacred wish of all the French people, that it is a treasure common to the whole of humanity and that consequently the privilege of defending it does not belong to such or such party or movement only, but that it must be organized unanimously by democratic ways and means upon constructive proposals,

Considering that this formula of an individual popular vote, without the participation of political parties is not detrimental to any of them and that instead of dividing men it brings them together in a brotherly union,

The GARD General Council notes with pleasure the initiative and adhesion of several French communes and departments to the mundialization Charter which makes this popular unanimous consent possible.

It strongly advises the communes of the GARD department to study carefully the Charter of Mundialization which will be submitted to them for approval by the French provisional Council of the mundialized communes and towns and it invites them to subscribe, so that their gesture should prove to the world the unanimous will of peace of the people of France, without considering any party, belief or ideology.

With the help of the Reverend MONTEIL and of Mr. SOUBEYRAN, fortified by the support of the General Council, an intensive campaign was launched by R. et R. Volpelière, during all their free time -visits to Mayors, to Town Councillors, to all important people in the commune, information meetings, articles in the press.

On July 1st 1951, a meeting at Nozière, made a scrutiny of the first results possible. 91 communes had been mundialized. in six months'time. The French Council of the mundialized communes and towns was created and Mr. PAGANELLI, honorary General Inspector, honorary Prefect of the Gard department became president while Mr. AMPHOUX, well known among agricultural and vinegrowing circles became general secretary.

The number of mundialized communes in the department was rapidly growing : UZES, LE VIGAN, ALES, then NIMES joined in this great wave of enthusiasm and during the ceremonies celebrating the mundialization of NIMES, on October 18th and 19th 1958, 260 communes out of 355 had adopted the Charter. 31 had voted for annual subsidies of 1000 to 15.000 (old francs) From 1955 the General Council, was giving a 25.000 (old francs) subsidy, then voted an exceptional credit of 500.000 (old francs) for the international meeting at PONT du Gard attended by various personalities in particular Lord ATTLEE former English Prime Minister and Lord BOYD ORR The town of NIMES voted a 1.000.000 old francs share, for the mundialization festivals. Ceremonies to inaugurate the Rainbow Disk were organized in many places, every time before as numerous audiences and vivid enthusiasm.

Lastly, touching celebrations took place at VALLON PONT d'ARC on May 14th 1956, before the more important people of the Department presided by Mr. AGERON; the unveiling of the mundiaIization stele was the occasion for an unforgettable ceremony in front of a crowd which claimed by its presence its hope in a more harmonious organization of our planet.

Vallon Pont-d'Arc will be the first commune to give the prompting to vote to the Peoples' Congress, thanks to the meeting held on July 12th 1970. In this transnational vote, it will ask for Orval, mundialized in 1971 and Chassepierre which will partake in the second election for the Peoples Congress, to follow in steps.

MUNDIALIZATION OUTSIDE EUROPE

The mundialization technique, experimented in Europe as early as 1949 (particularly in France, but also in Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, Germany etc.) appeared soon afterwards under the influence of the WAWF, on the American and Asiatic continents.

In Asia, after a few experiments in India, the movement found a most favourable ground in Japan, terribly hit materially and above all psychologically by war and the atomic "try".

In America, the movement was developped mainly in Canada at the prompting of the particularly dynamic leaders of the WAWF, A. and H. NEWCOMBE. We shall say a few words, in turn, about the situation in both countries

MUNDIALIZATION JAPANESE STYLE

It is in 1950, just before the Corean war broke out, that the town of AYABE declared itself mundialized, having just been formed by the amalgamation of several neighbouring towns and villages.

The resolution of the Town Council refers to article 9 of the Constitution of Japan which includes a statement from this country renouncing any war intention. The following "declaration" was passed : "The town of AYABE hereby declares that it is in full agreement with the aims of a world federation which is to be created on the basis of maintaining world peace as provided by the Japanese Constitution and that no effort shall be spared toward establishing permanent peace on earth in cooperation with the rest of the world".

Some more towns and villages in Japan declared themselves mundialized between 1950 and 1956, including HIROSHIMA in 1954. But the movement really grew in importance after 1956 (date of Japan's entry in the U.N.) and above all 1957 (date of the mundialization of OKAYAMA, a province of more than 2 million inhabitants, after a vote of her Provincial Assembly) The (( declaration )) finally adopted yet did not exactly include the word "mundialization" : the Assembly declared "being in favour of the creation of a world federal government. through increased powers of the United Nations",

To-day (1970) almost half the provinces of Japan have passed declarations of mundialization. In 1966, a World Council for Mundialization was created by the WAWF with headquarters in Japan, in HIROSHIMA.

MUNDIALIZATION : CANADIAN STYLE

According to Alan and Hanna Newcombe, a resolution passed by a Town Council (or another local authority) may likely be forgotten if no other action reminds the citizens of its permanent value.

With this in mind, they proposed in 1966 that each vote should be accompanied by three other decisions :

  1. to fly the U.N. flag, beside the national flag, at City Hall.
  2. to raise each year, by voluntary subscription a sum of money equal to 0,01 % of the total taxes raised by the city, to be given to the U.N. special Account.
  3. to twin with another community in another country which is mundialized according to the original concept.

The arguments they put forward in favour of this "new style" mundialization are as follows :

  1. Flying the U.N. flag : in spite of all their shortcomings, the U.N. own the only flag to be recognized in the world as that of world organization. Each day, it reminds the citizens of the existence of a world beyond the local boundaries.
  2. Voluntary subscription : not every one can read Clark and Sohn or discuss with a member of the Foreign Office, but every one, even a 13 year old child may sell "tags for peace" while giving the necessary explanations; thus people can buy these tags as they listen to the explanations.
  3. "Twinning" : this is a popular operation. Nearly everybody may become involved in the various twinning activities : the exchange of children's drawings, of photographs, of homemade movies, of letters, of young people etc... The local differences become less. The local press talks about these activities, which constitutes excellent propaganda.

A favourable chain reaction is thus started.

To-day (1970), 8 local governments representing more than 2 million Canadians have voted for mundialization, matched by the above mentioned decisions. In particular, OTTAWA and TORONTO have been mundialized. The programme has the support of the Prime Minister, P. Trudeau.

TEXT OF THE INSCRIPTION WRITTEN
ON THE STELE OF MUNDIALIZATION

(Disk - World Signal)

This commune is French territory and has declared itself world territory :

The world collectivity, made up of villages and towns must be protected against the atomic threat, the regressions of civilization brought about by cold war, and against the havoc of war. It must set up the minimum cooperations indispensable for its development, for the benefit of all men.

Only World Controls, World Laws and Institutions, and a High World Authority will guarantee every one world minimum protections and cooperations.

As it becomes mundialized, this commune enlists to work for the World Common Good. It calls on each commune to assume a duty of protection toward all the others and to be entrusted with the Supreme Interests of The World Collectivity.

As a small part of this collectivity, it pledges itself to contribute to its protection and to its development. It will help found, through voting, serving and respecting its laws, the first civilization of world coexistence.

Far more than war, such undertaking of defence of the mother country and of man requires loftiness and sacrifice.

NIMES

 

 

CONCLUSION :

Whatever the technique of mundialization used may be, it becomes urgent that all the towns in the world which have declared mundialization come together in an International Council for mundialization, for speeding up the mundialization process all over the planet and for taking the opportunity, every time a world event occurs, of showing the necessity of the setting up of WORLD INSTITUTIONS, only solution to the conflicts and economic problems of humanity.

The international council for mundialization could for example :

- demand that places of strategic interest or indispensable for the survival of humanity -such as the Suez Canal, the forest of Brazil, Jerusalem, the Panama Canal, oceans... - be mundialized and placed under the control and management of supranational institutions.

- have the communes partake in the transnational elections to the Peoples' Congress.


inquiries Renée et Roger VOLPELIERE
Registry of World Citizens
"Booklet n°13". and "Mundialist Summa" vol.1

 

 

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