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2015 Federal Election Result

50 parliamentary candidates signed the Simpol Pledge but unfortunately none were elected this time around. The results:

Green Party: 45

NDP: 2

Libertarian Party: 3

Total Pledged: 50

Our thanks to all supporters who wrote to their candidates. But now the election is over, we need more citizens to sign the Simpol Petition.

May 2015: Simpol's success in UK Elections

Our sister campaign in the UK recently announced that Simpol now has a record 29 MPs in the UK parliament pledged to implement its global justice agenda alongside other governments. See the full list of pledged MPs here

Thanks to our UK supporters, more than 600 candidates from across the political spectrum signed the Simpol Pledge in the run-up to polling day. In many constituencies, more than one candidate had signed the Pledge. In a few, nearly all the candidates had signed, so ensuring that whoever won the seat, Simpol won. Please download and circulate the Press Release.

2014 Euro Elections: Simpol's results

Thanks to action taken by Simpol supporters in Europe, we're delighted to announce the following results:

Number of Simpol-pledged MEPs: 5

  • Claude Moraes (Labour, London)
  • Keith Taylor, (Green, UK SE)
  • Alyn Smith (SNP, Scotland)
  • Catherine Stihler (Labour, Scotland)
  • David Martin (Labour, Scotland).

Candidates that signed the Simpol Pledge: 27

Number of EU countries with pledged candidates: 6

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Dec. 5: Now on openDemocracy: What's Wrong with International Summitry?

Articles from Simpol's founder, John Bunzl, can now be found on openDemocracy. His first article, What's Wrong with International Summitry - and What we can do about it, explains just that!

Nov 27: Destructive International Competition in Canada

Mounting evidence that nations around the world, including Canada, continue to battle in order to entice corporate interest and business. At what cost? Opens external link in new windowHere is another article describing some of this happening through the CBC.

Jan. 30: Economist David K. Levine endorses Simpol

Game theory specialist, David K. Levine, John H. Biggs Distinguished Professor of Economics at Washington University, St. Louis, USA, has endorsed the Simpol campaign.

Impressed by John Bunzl's recent TEDx presentation, The Political Prisoner's Dilemma, read Prof. Levine's endorsement here.

Dec. 11: John Renesch joins Simpol's Advisory Board

Advisor, mentor, futurist and writer on matters of social and organizational change, John Renesch has joined Simpol's Advisory Board. John is passionate about the role commerce can play in bringing about a global shift of human consciousness, thus creating a future of tremendous possibility for humankind – the possibility that will allow humanity to transcend the inevitable future that can be projected from current trends. For more on John, go here.

Dec. 9: John Bunzl's TEDx Berlin talk now online

John Bunzl (Photo: Sebastian Gabsch)

Simpol founder John Bunzl's TEDx talk at TEDx Berlin's "Crossing Borders" confrence on 23rd November is now online. Entitled The Political Prisoner's Dilemma, John uses the story of Max and Moritz, the two hapless naughty boys from German folklore, to make his point. The two boys are picked up by the police for a minor offence, but the police also suspect them of something more serious. Will the boys keep quiet and get off lightly, or will they incriminate each other? And why do our politicians find themselves in much the same position - and how do we help them out? See the talk (in English) here.

Oct.9: Simpol short-listed for Global+5 award

Former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou (left) with Karin Hagemann of KPMG (centre) and John Bunzl of Simpol

"Which innovative projects and ideas could have the biggest global impact 5 years from now?" That's the challenge of the Global+5 awards organised by The Global Journal, a magazine specialising in global governance issues. Simpol was among 21 short-listed projects judged by a jury including former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou, Pascal Lamy, Director General of the WTO, and David Held of Durham University. 

Unfortunately, neither Simpol nor any other global governance proposal were selected for an award as the judges seemed to prefer humanitarian or scientific projects. But both George Papandreou and another judge, Karin Hagemann, a top management consultant with KPMG, both personally felt Simpol offered a very innovative solution to the central dilemma facing today's politicians: the impossible task of reconciling democracy and social and economic justice with the need to keep their national economies internationally competitive.

Sept. 7th: Ken Wilber dialogues with John Bunzl on IntegralLife

Ken Wilber, founder of Integral Theory, and John Bunzl dialogue about global governance and how Simpol may be key in achieving it. Available in several parts, the dialogue can be heard here.  It is based on a new article by John to appear shortly in the Journal of Integral Theory & Practice entitled Transcending 1st-Tier Values in Achieving Binding Democratic Global Governance. Wilber has described Simpol as "a 2nd-tier political practice that makes a great deal of sense, and is certainly worth backing" and is a member of Simpol's Advisory Board.

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While THEY call for global cooperation, YOU can support Simpol to make it happen!

"The total cost during 2009 of cross-border crime is said to equate to 3.6% of world GDP, according to Juri Fedotow, head of the UN's Drugs and Criminal Prevention agency (UNODC) based in Vienna. Human trafficers alone gain about $32m annually from their activity. "We must recognise that this is a problem that requires a global solution", he said while attending a UN conference on criminality. "No nation can tackle this problem alone". Der Spiegel, 23rd April, 2012.

The solution? Support Simpol!

Simpol International News

To see all the latest news from the Simpol campaign  internationally, click here.

Bunzl reviews Richard Barrett's new book

Richard Barrett's important new book, Love, Fear and the Destiny of Nations, has been reviewed by Simpol's founder, John Bunzl. Read it here.

Bunzl reviews 'Sail on, oh ship of state'

Sail on, oh ship of state, a compilation of essays that defends national independence and self-determination in the face of globalisation and our greater interconnectedness, has been reviewed by Simpol's founder, John Bunzl. Most essayists seemed not to see that greater global cooperation would actually enhance, rather than curtail, the ability of nations to deal with today's global problems.