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and news messages on internet sites with references to Global Basic
Income. You can find an overview of articles with Global Basic Income
as the main topic on our links
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In this debate, held in November 2004, Suplicy and Ziegler discussed
about "minimum income as a human right". One of the debate
"Can all the several kinds of minimum income projects be an
indicative of how to work for a global basic income along with the
Article, published in ACME. Düvell advocates "a just
and equal distribution of primary social goods among the world's population"
and refers favourably to the proposal for a GBI (planet-wide citizen
income) by Myron J. Frankman.
Article, published in Policy Options, August 2004. Contains
a short positive reference to GBI:
"If the next worldwide frontier is a global basic income floor
managed by a world opportunity fund ..."
Background paper for a conference of the Right Livelihood Award. Uexkull
writes on the need for a new world order, including a GBI:
"A democratic global body would have the legitimacy to raise
fees on uses (and abuses) of the global commons to fund specific projects
(...) and develop a global basic income scheme ("earth bonus")."
In this paper, presented on18th October 2003 at the XXIXth Annual Conference
of the Pio Manzu International Research Centre, Rimini, Italy, James
Robertson advocates sharing the value of common resources. The revenue
from global taxes on common resources, he continues to write, can be
used, among other things, for a 'global citizen's income':
"Revenue from global taxes and global money creation would then
provide stable sources of finance for global expenditures, including
international peace-keeping programmes. Some of the revenue could
also be distributed to all nations according to population size, reflecting
the right of every person in the world to a global "citizen's
income" based on fair shares of the value of global resources.
- would encourage environmentally sustainable development worldwide;
- it would generate a much needed source of revenue for the United
- it would provide substantial financial transfers to developing
countries by right and without strings, as payments for the rich countries'
disproportionate use of world resources;
- it would help to liberate developing countries from dependence on
grants and loans from institutions like the World Bank and the International
Monetary Fund which the rich countries now dominate;
- it would help to solve the problem of Third World debt;
- it would recognise the shared status of all people as citizens of
the world; and
- by helping to reduce the spreading sense of injustice in a globalised
world, it would contribute to global security."
In this welcoming speech to the BIEN Congress, Somavia pleads for a
"global basic income strategy" which could add
"an additional dollar a day to the incomes of the 1.2 billion
people, a fifth of the world's population, who currently survive on
only a dollar a day or less."
In this paper presented at the 10th Congress of BIEN, September 2004,
Howard discusses the possibility of a Global Basic Income on pages 1-3.
Although inclined to favour a GBI in principle, Howard assumes that
a GBI will not be introduced for some years to come because:
"there are not yet institutions at a global (or regional) level
suitable for collecting revenues and administering a basic income.
Nor is there agreement at the global (or regional) level on an egalitarian
principle of income distribution."
In this paper, presented in Stockholm - June 2003, Mølgaard
Nielsen discusses the possibility of a GBI on page 15 and writes:
"... an idea like global basic income might work somewhat like
Max Havelaar brand as you financially would supply poor people with
a modest extra income, which would give them the possibility to slowly
improve their own situation gradually and by this slowly stimulate
the third world countries financial situations from the bottom."
Book presentation. Clark advocates in this book on global poverty a
Global Basic Income of $365 a year. A short review of the book can be
BIEN's NewsFlash of January 2005.