For members of Parliament from all parties, and in many countries around the world, the penny is finally dropping. By signing the Simpol pledge – and committing to act simultaneously to solve global problems so that all nations win – those in power are choosing to be on the right side of history.
Fernando A. Iglesias. Diputado de la Nacion MC por la C.A. de Buenos Aires.
House of Representatives:
|Susanne Zimmer MP
|Uffe Elbaek MP
|Bundnis 90/Die Gruenen
29-02 Finistère 2
|Jena-Sõmmerda-Weimarer Land I
|Frankfurt am Main I
|Dr. Jonas Geissler
|Chemnitzer Umland-Erzgebirgskreis II
|Dr. Fransziska Kersten
|Stadt Hannover II
|Dr. Matthias Miersch
|Hannover Land II
|Dr. Martin Rosemann
|Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
|Dr. Lena Seitzl
|Dr. Anne-Monika Spallek
|Dublin Bay N.
|Dublin Bay S.
|Mary Lou McDonald
Simpol offers an alternative but complementary approach to solving global problems. Current efforts at international treaty-making, sponsored by the United Nations, just aren’t working. It’s no surprise that Simpol is gathering interest and support.
In today’s globalised economy, money talks loudest when it comes to setting government policy. Market- and business-friendly policies come first, and the interests of society and the environment are an afterthought at best. It’s increasingly clear that this can’t continue.
Simpol is unique in offering a transnational political process that allows everyone – citizens, MPs, political parties and governments – to participate. Citizens in particular are signing on to the campaign in large numbers. This makes it in the growing electoral interests of politicians and parties to support the campaign.
To confirm your support, sign the Simpol pledge. If you’d like your party to consider making Simpol a part of its official policy, please download a Party Resolution Form.
Let’s take the example of carbon emissions. UN-sponsored international negotiations in this area have two major and potentially fatal draw-backs:
- They deal with only one issue at a time. This is problematic because there’ll always be winners and losers. With only one issue on the table, there’s no way for losers to be compensated, so there’s no incentive for them to cooperate.
- When it comes to global policy, the people have no say and effectively no sway on their governments. No electoral pressure on governments means no direct political incentive for them to cooperate with one another.
Simpol solves both these problems.
By offering a multi-issue policy framework where nations that may lose on one issue can gain on another, Simpol offers a far better prospect of getting nations to cooperate. By allowing citizens to use their votes to incentivise politicians and governments, we offer a more likely means of solving today's global problems.
Also, Simpol can be supported without compromising your party's policy or the government's position in current international negotiations. Simpol works in parallel, and so is entirely complementary to those efforts.
Don’t wait. Sign the Simpol Pledge and commit your support today.
Simpol's policy content will be developed by citizens via processes that will be hosted by each national Simpol organisation, and overseen by the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation.
These processes will only begin once we’ve secured sufficient support in principle for Simpol from politicians around the world. As supporters in each country help to design, propose and refine Simpol's policies, they may draw on proposals from NGOs, politicians, think-tanks or on those provided by their own chosen experts.
This will be followed by an international negotiation to arrive at a final set of measures to be implemented by nations, globally and simultaneously. Prior to implementation, citizens in democratic countries will also be invited to confirm their agreement.
This ensures that our policy content remains:
- Flexible: The policies are open to revision up until the point of implementation. This way, we can guarantee that they’re fully appropriate for the current global conditions.
- Democratic: Supporters joining the campaign after the launch of the policy development process will still have the opportunity to contribute until final policies have been internationally negotiated and agreed.
- Globally inclusive: Not only will it allow citizens in democratic countries to participate in developing policy, the governments of non-democratic nations will also be invited to participate in international negotiations to reach a final agreement.
At the moment, as a politician, you’re asked to sign the Simpol pledge and support the campaign in principle. Should the process for developing Simpol's policy content begin and result in any international agreement, you’ll be invited to re-confirm your support prior to voting in Parliament to implement those policies.
By keeping the policy development open, democratic and flexible at all times until implementation, you can sign the pledge without risk or potential conflict with your party's present policies.
Simpol only includes policies that genuinely require simultaneous implementation, and the process ensures we screen out national policies. In this way it achieves a healthy subsidiarity between the global level and the national level, safe-guarding national sovereignty.
For any proposed policy, the question we ask is:
Would the unilateral implementation of the policy by a single nation (or by a restricted group of nations) be likely to cause it a significant competitive disadvantage?
If the answer is no:
- The policy does not qualify for inclusion in Simpol because it could be implemented by any nation (or restricted group of nations) alone.
If the answer is yes:
- The policy qualifies for inclusion in Simpol.
In this way, only appropriate policies are included while the national sovereignty of all nations is maintained. By signing the Simpol pledge you’re therefore promoting your nation's interest to cooperate to solve global problems while still protecting its right to self-determination on all issues that have no international impact.
No, and for several reasons.
The development of Simpol's global policies remains an on-going work-in-progress until implementation. Our policies, although outlined, are yet to be fully defined and are likely to remain flexible until shortly before implementation. Signing the pledge is a commitment in principle, so there can be no conflict with your party's current international policies.
Simpol's idea of simultaneous international implementation allows politicians to support important global policies but only on condition that they’re implemented by all or sufficient nations together – so no nation loses out, we all win.
So, carry on supporting your party, but support Simpol too – you’re in a risk-free, win-win situation.
Well, there are many:
- Credibility: You’re identifying yourself to voters as a politician who supports a practical solution to global problems. Supporting Simpol allows you to go beyond the confines of party policy and reach out to the growing body of voters who care about global issues but who have become disillusioned with party politics.
- Extra votes: You’re making yourself eligible to receive the votes of citizens who support the campaign. They’re committed to giving strong preference to candidates who have signed the pledge, at the expense of those who haven't. With support for Simpol growing, it makes perfect sense to sign the pledge.
- Leading the way: You’re joining a growing body of parliamentarians, statesmen, economists and thought leaders who realise that the world needs a way out of its present dilemma, and that neither the UN nor traditional party politics can deliver on global challenges.
You came into politics to make a positive difference to the world. Supporting Simpol, and signing the pledge, helps you do that.
Yes, but why would you want to?
Simpol's policies are yet to be developed, and won’t be implemented until all or sufficient nations support the campaign. Support at this stage is about backing Simpol in principle, so there’s no risk – or conflict – with your party's policies.
If you sign the pledge, your national Simpol organisation will share the news with its supporters, which indicates to them who they should give strong voting preference to at the next election. If you decided to cancel your pledge, that too would be publicised, which will only invite our growing block of supporters not to vote for you.
Bear in mind too that one or more of your political competitors in your constituency may sign the pledge. So, if you were to cancel your pledge, you could be handing your competition an advantage.
In short, you can of course revoke your pledge at any time, but there's really no reason to, and every reason not to. So please, be part of the global political solution by signing the Simpol Pledge online now.
Non-democratic countries are unlikely to be the first to support Simpol. But as democratic countries are driven to sign the pledge, the incentive and pressure on non-democratic countries to join the process will increase.
The governments of non-democratic countries can sign the pledge at any time and pass it into law. No electoral pressure can be applied in those countries, but there are still incentives for them to sign:
- No country, whether democratic or not, has anything to lose by joining the process, but everything to gain. Simpol's win-win formula of simultaneous implementation and multi-issue policy packages has the potential to align every nation's self-interest with the global common interest.
- Many non-democratic countries are relatively poor, so they’d have much to gain from the kind of policies likely to be included in Simpol. Apart from solving problems around issues such as climate change, these would likely raise considerable revenues, a portion of which could be distributed to such countries on a debt-free basis.
- Many non-democratic countries are frustrated at the international community’s lack of action and their own lack of influence. Many would want to sign the pledge to set an example to the richer, more powerful countries.
- All countries, whether democratic or not, need solutions to global problems. As these problems become more critical, the pressure on all nations to join the process will only increase.
Simple, just pass a resolution at your annual party conference, or whatever forum is legally charged with policy making. You can start the process by downloading the Template Resolution in support of Simpol for consideration by your party.
For more background on why supporting Simpol makes political sense for your party, get in touch to request our Political Parties Prospectus.
The stakes have never been higher, and as a citizen, you’ve never held such power and influence. By supporting Simpol, you’re ramping up the electoral pressure on politicians and parties to sign our pledge and implement our simultaneous policies.