11/04/2017, 13.30 – 16.30
General Assembly: 2nd Plenary Session – The Regulation of Global Economy
by Milo Rau / IIPM
After 50 years of neoliberal hegemony, the global movement of goods, services and capital supported by countless free trade agreements has resulted in a dense network of efficient yet inadequately regulated interdependencies reaching across the borders of the national states. This is accompanied by a great deal of challenging overall developments: Human rights violations by multinational companies are rarely prosecuted, inexpensive consumption is made possible through exploitation and land grabbing and attempts to regulate the world market involve protectionism and corruption. In the General Assembly, the related political questions will be debated and decided on by displaced farmers, exploited textile workers, victims of torture and violence as well as local entrepreneurs and government officials, who are disadvantaged due to Western regulatory procedures.
Representatives: Lúcio Bellentani (former employee at a VW plant in Brazil), Feri Irawan (activist against palm oil companies in Indonesia), Khushi Kabir (activist against shrimp farming in Bangladesh), Kiringai Kamau (rural entrepreneur), Saeeda Khatoon (Pakistani textile worker, plaintiff against KiK), Prince Kihangi (expert on raw materials policy in Congo) et al.
There are no democratic structures on a global level, which can regulate the world market, prosecute violations of international law, or direct ecological developments into the right channels. The »General Assembly«, which will be convening 60 representatives from all over the world in Berlin, is filling this gap with its concept of an actual world parliament. In five plenary sessions, the representatives of the »General Assembly« will debate on where we stand as a global community and what needs to be done − socially, ecologically, technologically, politically. What does political sovereignty mean in the age of globalization? How do the interests of the world’s population relate to the democratic principles of the national states? Whose demands for independence, dignity, and happiness can become the demands of all mankind? A local parliament will be replaced by a global parliament, which will urge the members of the newly elected German government to join them. The first world parliament in the history of mankind, which will be accompanied by a group of international political observers, will conclude with the passing of the »Charter for the 21st Century«.
Friday, 3 November, 19–21h: Constitutive Session
Saturday, 4 November, 10–13h: 1st Plenary Session – Diplomatic Relations, Sanctions and Wars
Saturday, 4 November, 13.30–16.30h: 2nd Plenary Session – The Regulation of Global Economy
Saturday, 4 November, 17–20h: 3rd Plenary Session – Migration and Border Regime
Sunday, 5 November, 10–13h: 4th Plenary Session – Cultural Global Commons
Sunday, 5 November, 13.30–16.30h: 5th Plenary Session – Natural Global Commons
Sunday, 5 November, 17–19h: Closing Session
Admission: every session 5 Euro (reduced 2,50), combined ticket for all 7 sessions: 25 Euro
The General Assembly will be broadcasted live to Brussels (Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles), Gent (NTGent), Hamburg (Thalia Theater), Munich (SPIELART Festival) and Paris (Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers).
Further information and live streaming of all plenary sessions at www.general-assembly.net
On 3, 4, 5 November 2017
The »General Assembly« is a production of the IIPM – International Institute of Political Murder in collaboration with the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, sponsored by the Federal Cultural Foundation, the multi-sector funding Berlin of the Senate Department of Culture and Europe and the Federal Agency for Civic Education and supported by ECCHR – European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, medico international, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and Rainforest Rescue.
In collaboration with Agit Polska, Bahrain Watch, Berlin Postkolonial, Club der polnischen Versager, German Network and Coordination Office Against Trafficking In Human Beings (KOK), Diem25, European Alternatives, FUTURZWEI, Germanwatch, Society for Threatened Peoples, Heinrich Böll Foundation, ADEFRA (Initiative of black women in Germany), ISD – Initiative of Black People in Germany, int.ie, Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly / Democracy Without Borders, Kinder- und Jugendparlament Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Kurdish Community Germany, Oficina Precaria Berlin / 15 M, Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland, Plough Back The Fruits - basflonmin.com, PowerShift, Reporter ohne Grenzen, RomaTrial, Tierfabriken Widerstand, Urgewald, Voix des Migrants, Welthungerhilfe u. v. a.