The idea of this new technique for promoting global consciousness and a sense of responsibility to our fellow world citizens originated in the French Mundialization Research and Study Center following the wave of enthusiasm aroused by Garry Davis, then a young, former U.S. bomber pilot who renounced his nationality in 1948, declared himself a world citizen and subsequently pitched his tent on the grounds of the United Nations headquarters in Paris. Davis, with the Center’s members, went to Cahors, a French town of some 50,000 inhabitants and formulated the first Mundialization Charter:
WE, THE INHABITANTS OF CAHORS, DECLARE THROUGH THIS CHARTER THAT OUR TOWN HEREBY BECOMES WORLD TERRITORY.
Our action means that:
- We declare that our security and welfare are linked to the security and welfare of all towns and districts of the world – these being like ourselves today under the menace of totally destructive war.
- We wish to work in peace with all towns and districts of the world and to cooperate with them so as to establish a world rule of law which will assure our common protection under the aegis of a democratically elected and controlled world federal authority.
- We call on all towns, districts and organizations of all kinds to join us in sending their delegates to the first World States General Assembly so as to prepare world elections for the organization and safeguarding of world peace.
- We claim the right of direct election to the Peoples’ Constituent Assembly consisting of one delegate per million inhabitants.
- We request of our own government that funds be made available from the military budget and transferred to an international world fund usable for world elections.
- Without renouncing our attachment, duties and rights with respect to our own region and nation, we symbolically declare that our territory is world territory and as such is joined to the community of our whole world.
- We call on all towns and districts of the earth to join us in this Charter of Solidarity – a Charter for those who live under the present menace of destruction.
This charter was submitted for approval to the Cahors Town Council on July 3, 1949. On July 20, the newly-elected council voted 20 ayes with 7 abstentions. The next day, a committee initiated a Referendum that resulted in 70% of the voting population responding with 59% ayes, 1% nays. Following the lead of Cahors, many other French communities subsequently adopted their own Mundialization Charters.