The following paper was submitted by Victoria Gater and Sonja Scherndl for a parallel event at the 17th Congress of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN), held in Portugal from 25-27 September 2017.
At the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) of July 2016, the initiative was taken to draft a Global Charter for 'Universal Social Protection Rights'. These principles for universal social protection systems, by all and for all, are promoted as a reference for national and local movements organising their diverse social struggles.
The moral and practical case for implementing a basic income guarantee is well made—but what are the prospects for finally achieving this inspiring idea of ‘freedom from want’ for every person on Earth?
Prišel je čas, ko moramo v milijonskem številu demonstrirati, ne proti temu ali onemu, temveč na temelju volje do dobrega in sočutja, ki opredeljujeta, kdo v resnici smo. Kajti v slehernem človeškem srcu je vgrajena ljubezen in modrost celotnega človeštva. - Mohammed Mesbahi
We are unable to seriously envision a new economic paradigm for managing the earth’s shared resources, unless we first contemplate the need for a psychosocial transformation in consciousness, whereby the awareness of the average person is expanded to embrace the common good of humanity as a whole. By Mohammed Mesbahi.