While the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to ICAN for banning nuclear weapons is a step forward, it is not a big enough step.  What’s missing is a legal ban on war itself.

The International Coalition for the Abolishment of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) should now set its sights on banning war and demanding the establishment of a new World Judiciary system given real enforcement powers.

The United Nations lacks this essential feature. Currently, under the present UN Charter the leaders and military generals of the nuclear-armed nations, even when they commit world crimes, do so with impunity.  And they refuse to give up their nukes.

No sheriff in town

Leaders of these powerful nations, particularly the UN Security Council’s Permanent 5 (who hold the veto) are above the law.  No one goes to jail no matter how egregious the world crime.

There is no sheriff in town at the global level.

There is also a psychological obstacle. Each nation insists upon the right to keep secret its military arsenal. Such absolute sovereignty breeds paranoia which can only be eliminated by establishing open inspections everywhere. Such openness will require establishing a world federal union.

In a federal union, there are open inspections everywhere without exception.  That is why we in California never worry that Texas is secretly preparing to attack us.  We are both parts of the Union.  We can form a similar safe relationship between Russia and the USA and the other nations by joining in a world federal union.

Treaty-based agreements can’t be trusted

The new ban on nukes is a treaty-based agreement. Treaties are notoriously unreliable. They cannot be trusted. The history of treaties is the history of broken treaties.

To fix this problem the UN needs a legitimate federal constitution. A constitution-based agreement is the only way to ensure that no nation will cheat to gain an advantage over the others.

That is partly why America’s founders abandoned the Articles of Confederation and switched to the U.S. Constitution thus federating and unifying the 13 colonies — a governmental design that stopped the wars and conflicts that were erupting between the colonies.

We must constitutionalize the UN Charter

Forming a world federal union is the smart move.  It is essential.  The World Constitution & Parliament Association’s Constitution for the Federation of Earth (CFE), also known as the “Earth Constitution,” provides the needed governing structures which are missing in the obsolete UN Charter.

Democratic World Federalists (DWF) based in San Francisco is calling for UN Charter review.  They call it THE SAN FRANCISCO PROMISE.  The Center for UN Constitutional Research (CUNCR) based in Brussels is ready to examine the Charter and the implications of amending or replacing it.

It is time to reach out to the UN General Assembly, the NGO’s working so hard to eliminate nuclear weapons, peace groups wanting to go beyond war, and the general public to inspire support for a “new UN.”

Roger Kotila, PhD