Our History

Our History

“For many years, in the service of humanity and future generations, my personal mission has been to create a decent world for all the Earth’s citizens. It is this process, under the Earth Constitution, to which I have dedicated my life.” ~ Dr. Glen T. Martin, President of ECI and winner of the Gusi Peace Prize International

The Earth Constitution Institute (ECI) was inspired by a broad-based movement for global cooperation, peacemaking, and world citizenship that emerged in the post-World War II era during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi meets with Dr. Reinhart Ruge, past Co-President of WCPA

In 1958, as the threat of a nuclear war dominated the thoughts of humanity, the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) was founded to promote the principle of global democratic governance — a peaceful federation of all the nations and people of the world — with human rights, freedom, justice, and well-being for all.

In 1968, two hundred delegates from 27 countries on five continents assembled in Switzerland and West Germany for a World Constituent Assembly to begin drafting the Earth Constitution. Over the next two decades, the Earth Constitution was refined by international legal experts at three additional Constituent Assemblies.

In 1982, the first session of a Provisional World Parliament was held in England, with delegates from 25 countries from all continents. The first provisional world legislation passed by this assembly included global disarmament, economic development, education, ownership of oceans and sea beds, and world courts.

Since then, we have held 14 more sessions of the Provisional World Parliament in the United States, India, Thailand, Libya, Spain, Malta, and Togo.  At these Parliaments, we passed dozens of world legislative acts as a model and an inspiration for the people and governments of the world. The Parliament also has created the Collegium of World Judges, which provides a forum for judges and justices to speak on behalf of emerging world law under the Earth Constitution.

WCPA and ECI are the most distinguished voices for the cause of world government. ECI, together with WCPA and associated organizations of the Earth Federation Movement, have attracted support from people in nearly every country, including global leaders, luminaries, and social activists. We are creating a world where a federated Earth is more than just an idea, more than a mere dream for some distant future, but a liberating, timely, and emerging reality.

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