Creating a planetary institutional infrastructure is necessary for the management of the formulation of global human interests, and for its co-ordination, systematisation and protection; as well as for a whole set of actions involved in the design, planning and implementation of the world integration movement that preserves historical cultural diversity.
The planetary governance idea derives from the necessity to unite existing global institutions into a single infrastructural system, beneficial to all nations and acceptable to them. This is both necessary and possible. All the necessary conditions and instruments exist to do this: global information networks; the Internet; the virtual communication space; a 50-year experience of many global institutions’ efficient work and their publicity capital; as well as professional diplomats, economists, political scientists and ecologists. We must only add to it planetary goodwill, the interest of planetary development agents (motivated elites), a clear and compromise-based integration-institutional programme and the initiator of the process. The Planetary Project takes upon itself the latter role.
The jurisdiction of the planetary governance institutions must include global issues in spheres such as:
- Protection and improvement of the health of the environment;
- Natural resource use and management;
- Demographic dynamics of world nations and asymmetric population growth;
- International relations vis-à-vis territorial and resource disputes, debts, strategic arms and economic co-operation;
- Development of science, education, technical progress, production technologies and information policy;
- All integration processes including planetary governance, global problem solving, planetary budget and distribution, global spiritual synthesis and ecological education.
United in one infrastructure, these bodies receive institutional status and carry out functions directed towards the implementation of planetary governance objectives:
- Monitoring, analysing and assessing situations, processes, problems and trends;
- Planning structures, processes and actions;
- Passing laws and creating a normative-legal base;
- Administration, co-ordination and regulation;
- Financing and other resource procurement;
- Informing and educating.
In terms of direction, scale and implementation time (from strategic to tactical to immediate), the planetary institution system’s objectives must:
- Meet the main goal of planetary governance, which is global human integration for the purpose of saving the biosphere and creating a noospheric civilisation for future generations;
- Be realistic, scientifically grounded and compromise-based (the interests of the involved elites must not be ignored);
- Have a sufficient resource base.
As far as planetary governance institution types, the Planetary Project identifies four basic types of institutions that will be able to address planetary governance directions, goals and specific objectives. The general tentative structure of this typology includes the following:
1. Spiritual-ideological institutions:
1.1. The World Academy of Sciences;
1.2. The World Information and Education Space;
1.3. The World Dialogue of Churches.
2. Political institutions:
2.1. A modernised United Nations;
2.2. The World Parliament;
2.3. Continental Parliaments (Euro-parliament etc.);
2.4. Planetary political parties and social movements.
3. Economic institutions:
3.1. Planetary Property Institution;
3.2. The United Planetary Development Budget;
3.3. A system of planetary and continental development programmes.
4. Supra-national governing institutions:
4.1. The Planetary Council;
4.2. The Security Council;
4.3. Regional Councils for Economic and Social Development.
To form a planetary governance system as a single and integrated infrastructure, we must:
- Design, model and structure planetary governance institutions based on the experience of international global institutions;
- Define their mandate, and develop and implement a mechanism of vesting them with an appropriate mandate;
- Staff them;
- Set up public oversight and regulations bodies.
It is also obvious that the united planetary governance infrastructure must follow systemic organisation principles, including:
- Priority order, responsiveness and efficiency;
- Accessibility, openness and democracy;
- Optimal balance of centralisation and dispersity;
- Interconnectedness, network co-operation and synergy;
- Legitimacy and mandate;
- Adequate resources;
- Reliable funding.