Webinar: We launch from IFFW a North-South networking "from below" for global justice

Aktualisiert: 10. Mai 2021

We invite all who are interested: We promote the networking of people from the global North and South to work together to achieve what states agreed to in the UN Charter in 1945 and in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948: A world without want and fear for all, banishing war and violence and creating the conditions for it: justice and decent living conditions worldwide for all people.

We consider joint learning, mutual support and also joint action to be meaningful in the interest of all of us in North and South: We will not be able to achieve lasting peace without global justice. This thesis of the North-South Commission headed by Willy Brandt is even more relevant today than it was in the 1970s and 1980s. Just as relevant is his thesis: Armament wastes the means with which we could create global justice and thus contribute to building a lasting foundation for peace.

This foundation also still requires inner peace through inner justice in every state in North and South. This can be promoted by global justice, but cannot be achieved by this alone. In establishing the conditions for peace in each state, we can also learn from and with each other how to achieve this: a legally contained monopoly on the use of force to advance one's interests, equal democratic participation for all, social justice, understanding of interdependence, promotion of a constructive culture of conflict, scientific thinking and the formation of self-confident personalities.

The opportunities are greater today than ever before: in the global South, there are more people with more education, foreign language skills and Internet access; in the global North, too, the system now no longer works for many and more people; and there are more migrants who can build bridges between the underprivileged in the global North and South for joint action. How different the tasks are can be well understood by looking at Johan Galtung's model of North-South relations. And also how the common challenges look like:

From the International PeaceFactory Wanfried we invite you to the online meeting to start networking: Thursday, 20 May, 7 p.m.: via the link you can join us: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3216854044

The exact programme will be published on this page in the next days.

The meeting will be in English. Even if you don't know the language, you can still register for the North-South Networking Team, then we will find ways for you to participate as well; this will also be the case for French speakers and those interested in other languages: Here's how to join the team: https://www.internationale-friedensfabrik-wanfried.org/group/nord-sud-vernetzungs-team/discussion#preventScrollToTop

The North-South Commission ( N.-S.-K. , also Brandt Commission ) was an "Independent Commission for International Development Issues " founded in 1977 under the chairmanship of Willy Brandt . It was set up under the suggestion of the then World Bank President Robert McNamara and was devoted to development problems. Political work

Willy Brandt wrote in his foreword: "Our report is based on what is probably the simplest common interest: That humanity wants to survive and, one might add, also has a moral duty to survive. This raises not only the classic questions of war and peace, but also includes how to defeat world hunger, how to overcome mass misery, and the challenging inequalities in living conditions between rich and poor. In a simple denominator, this report is about peace."

After more than two years, the Commission on 12. February 1980 in New York City to the Secretary General of the United Nations the first North-South Report ( Brandt Report or Brandt Report ) entitled "Ensuring survival" in front. The report drew attention to the current problems in the Third World . Among other things, he offered a new world economic order as a possible solution and called for the countries of the south to be included.

Against the background of the hardening east-west fronts , however, the proposals in the western world of states were viewed with skepticism, as they appeared to have a socialist touch. Partly because of a lack of funds and partly because of economically liberal attitudes, some Western governments do not support the proposals for a new order in the world economic system.

After the outcome of the North-South Summit in Cancun , Mexico in 1981 , the Commission decided to continue its work and once again call for measures to deal with serious problems in the world economy. The second Brandt report of the North-South Commission appeared in 1982 under the title “Help in the World Crisis”. https://de.zxc.wiki/wiki/Nord-S%C3%BCd-Kommission

The North-South report (also Brandt Report ) is a report that on 12. February 1980 the South Commission Nord- General of the United Nations ensure the study named "The survival. Common interests of industrialized and developing countries ”. This happened under the chairmanship of former Chancellor Willy Brandt .

The study calls for the underprivileged countries of the South to be integrated into the world economy and demands that the industrialized nations support the developing countries . The report also ascribes central importance to a new world economic order that is supposed to represent a world economic system that is compatible with both developing and industrialized countries. A connection between armament and poverty in third world countries is also shown.


  • Willy Brandt: "Ensure survival" - The introduction to the North-South report. Series of publications by the Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt Foundation , Issue 25, ISBN 978-3-933090-24-9 .

  • Willy Brandt: Ensure survival. Report of the North-South Commission. Common interests of industrialized and developing countries . Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1982, ISBN 3462013866 .

  • Franz Nuscheler , Rainer Tetzlaff (Ed.): Development and Peace in the 21st Century: on the History of the Impact of the Brandt Report , with a foreword by Johannes Rau , Bonn: Dietz 2000, ISBN 978-3-8012-0288-0 (series EINE World - Texts of the Development and Peace Foundation, special volume)

Web links

  • Lexicon of Sustainability | Brandt Report 1980 - Ensure survival

  • We recall Willy Brandt's north-south report

Brandt Report: Ensuring Survival, 1980

The Independent Commission on International Development, initiated by World Bank President Robert S. McNamara, began its work in September 1977. On his initiative, Willy Brandt took over the chairmanship of this commission. The commission includes representatives from a total of 20 states - half of them developing countries. Among the participants were well-known personalities such as the former British Prime Minister Edward Heath and the former Prime Minister of Sweden, Olof Palme. Its main task was to "examine the serious problems of global proportions as they arise from the economic and social imbalances of the world community and to suggest ways of advancing adequate solutions to the problems of development (...) and poverty."

On February 12, 1980, the Commission officially submits to the United Nations in New York the "North-South Report" (full German title: "Das Überleben sichern. Common Interests of Industrialized and Developing Countries"). With its forward-looking strategies and concepts, the much-discussed report is still considered a milestone in development policy today.

With this report, the North-South Commission initiated a turning point in development policy: "Development is more than the transition from poor to rich, from a traditional agricultural economy to a complex urban community. It carries within it not only the idea of material prosperity, but also that of greater human dignity, greater security, justice, and equality."

The North-South Commission takes stock of development policy and calls for the underprivileged countries of the South to be integrated into the global economy. It expects this to bring about the necessary improvement in the economic and social situation in disadvantaged countries. The report's recommendations place equal responsibility on industrialized and developing countries in terms of mutual benefit.

Action programs, projects and reforms are intended to counteract the food problem, population growth, growing environmental problems and resource scarcity. The emergency program includes, for example

a targeted increase in development aid

an international energy strategy that secures the world's energy supply and takes environmental concerns into account

a global food program.

With far-reaching trade liberalization, a reduction in protectionism and various agricultural and structural adjustment programs, the developing countries are to be enabled to improve their food security and increase their export capacity. In addition to a transformation and expansion of financial aid, they are also to be granted a greater say in commodity trade. For its part, the South is helping to accelerate development through reforms such as redistribution of productive resources and income and decentralization.

Despite international applause for the visionary proposals of the North-South Commission, the Brandt Report remains almost entirely unrealized to this day. The industrialized countries, in particular, have always talked about the proposals without ever acting on them. The situation of many developing countries is therefore worse today than it was in 1980.

The Brandt Report | Share The World's Resources (STWR) (sharing.org)

The Brandt Report: A Summary | Share The World's Resources (STWR) (sharing.org)

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