As the world becomes increasingly interconnected and interdependent we can, and must, acknowledge local and global citizenship simultaneously. Just as we can be citizens of a city, a state and a nation-state, so we are, by birth, de facto citizens of the world. These different levels of citizenship do not cancel one another out, but instead complement one another. The main approachwe have taken in overcoming state oppression is to empower ourselves on the global level. As human beings exercising our inalienable rights, we identify ourselves politically as World Citizens. To protect our human rights legitimately, in 1953, world citizens founded the World Government of World Citizens: a grass-roots initiative in the process of building a minimally centralized, sovereign, anddemocratic global government with appropriate organs to secure peace through world law and to protect fundamental human rights and cultural diversity, the rights of ethnic and social minorities, as well as ecological rights as defined by the growing body of declarations from the United Nations and other global and regional forums. The World Service Authority(R) is the administrative branch of theWorld Government of World Citizens. Founded in 1954, the WSA's purpose is to aid in the implementation of universal human rights. This entails assisting people in understanding that, as human beings, they are endowed with human rights and that they must claim them. This list is open to anyone interested in exchanging ideas about world citizenship, world law and world government. We especiallywelcome the participation of any of the hundreds of thousands of registered world citizens throughout the world.
Garry Davis (born Bar Harbor, Maine, July 27, 1921) is a peace activist who created the first "World Passport."
Davis was the son of Meyer & Hilda Davis. He graduated from The Episcopal Academy in 1940 and attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie MellonUniversity); he also earned an M.A. in Geo-dialectics from the East-West University of Brahma Vidya, Bangalore, India.
A former Broadway actor, after serving in the US Air Force during WWII as a B-17 bomber pilot, he renounced his American citizenship in Paris in 1948 to become a "citizen of the world." Davis interrupted a session of the United Nations General Assembly on November 22, 1948 calling for "onegovernment for one world." He founded the International Registry of World Citizens in Paris in January, 1949 which registered over 750,000 individuals. On September 4, 1953 Davis declared the World Government of World Citizens from the city hall of Ellsworth, Maine, based on fundamental human rights. He then formed the World Service Authority in 1954 as the government's executive andadministrative agency, which now issues the passports - along with birth and other certificates - to applicants. Davis first used his "world passport" on a trip to India in 1956, and has been variably admitted into or jailed by countries around the world after using his world passport. Over 150 countries have accepted the world passport at one time or another. In France, his support committee was co-foundedby writers Albert Camus and André Gide and the Abbé Pierre.
Davis ran for mayor in Washington D.C. in 1986 as the candidate of the "World Citizen Party" receiving 585 votes. He also declared himself as the World Citizen Party candidate for the 1988 US presidential election. Davis has published multiple books in favor of his cause of world citizenship.
At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio DeJaneiro Davis issued and disbursed a world currency based on kilowatt hours of solar power produced, an idea proposed by Buckminster Fuller. These "kilowatt dollars" were the earliest documented emissions reduction currency.
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