The Global Marshall Plan
Initiative works towards a worldwide Eco-Social Market Economy by
the means of a Global Marshall Plan. Global Marshall Plan News is
the means to inform all supporters about the latest developments.
What is the Global Marshall Plan?
The Global Marshall Plan aims at a "World
in Balance". To achieve this we need a better design of globalization
and the global economic processes - a worldwide Eco-Social Market
Economy. This is a matter of an improved global structural framework,
sustainable development, the eradication of poverty, environmental
protection and equity, altogether resulting in a new global 'economic
A World in Balance
The Global Marshall Plan includes the following
five core goals:
implementation of the globally agreed upon UN
Millennium Goals by 2015.
raising of an additional 100 billion US$ a year
required to achieve the Millennium Goals, to enhance worldwide development.
fair and competitively neutral raising of these
necessary resources, also by burdening global transactions.
gradually establish a worldwide Eco-Social Market
Economy with an improved global policy framework through the interlinking
of established rules and agreed upon standards for economic, environmental
and social issues (WTO, ILO and UNEP standards).
new forms of appropriation of funds directed to
the grassroots level, while at the same time fighting corruption.
Why do we need a Global Marshall Plan?
Because today's global situation is scandalous,
and because the current conditions of globalization produce the
complete opposite of what is constantly demanded in rosy speeches.
Poverty, the north south divide, migration, terror, wars, cultural
conflicts, and environmental catastrophes are all problems, which
can no longer be resolved nationally under the conditions of a widely
unregulated globalization process. Therefore, we need an improved
and binding global framework for the world economy, that brings
economy into harmony with society, culture, and environment.
Millennium Development Goals and Worldwide Eco-Social Market Economy
The Global Marshall Plan considers the realization
of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which were signed
by 189 nations in 2000, to be an important first step. The following
goals should be achieved by 2015:
The Millennium Development Goals
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Achieve universal primary education
Promote gender equality and empower women
Reduce child mortality
Improve maternal health
Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Ensure environmental sustainability
Develop a global partnership for development
In order to create a World in Balance a worldwide Eco-Social Market
Economy with globally binding social, ecological, and cultural standards
is required. The Global Marshall Plan combines a functional and
coherent global governance structure with appropriate reforms and
intelligent interlinking of UN, WTO, IMF, World Bank and ILO and
UNEP standards with the raising of an additional 100 billion US$
a year in order to co-finance development. The enlargement process
of the European Union serves as a conceptual model for combining
co-financing and the compliance with eco-social standards. This
enlargement, however, requires a better financial support than it
is the case in the current enlargement round.
Conference to Seek International Economic
San Francisco - The first steps in an unprecedented
move to create global consensus on reforming international trade
and financial organizations will be presented Monday, August 20,
at a conference in San Francisco.
Speakers at the public event will include leading
U.S. representatives of a Global Marshall Plan Initiative that began
in Germany and Austria four years ago. Backing the plan are world
leaders such as British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, President Lula
da Silva of Brazil, and Franz Fischler, a former commissioner in
the European Union. The new Marshall Plan will pursue an innovative
path to create consensus for its policies through business, government
and civil society around the world. It will use an interactive Internet
site to write and rewrite documents spelling out ways of reforming
the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund -- even the United
Nations -- to achieve a more effective
approach than now exists to ending world poverty and addressing
our environmental crisis. Members of thousands of non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) are expected to add their voices to the final
product. One aim of the Initiative is to create a tax on international
transactions that would fund sustainable development. Another aim
is to reform global trade and financial institutions so that developing
countries can share more equally in the benefits of globalization.
"The destructive turmoil in today's financial markets makes
it clear that we need a far more stable and equitable structure
for the global economy," said James Quilligan, US Coordinator
of the Initiative. If successful, the plan could result in a tenfold
expansion of the global domestic product in 50 to 100 years, its
backers claim. The free, day-long conference in San Francisco, co-sponsored
by a local chapter of the Network for Spiritual Progressives, is
the first of several that will be held to gather public support
for the Initiative, leading to an international conference in 2010.
The San Francisco event will be held on Monday, August 20, from
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Cultural Integration Fellowship building,
located at 2650 Fulton Street, across from Golden Gate Park