Pathways for a United World
The world is moving towards unity on an infinite number of pathways. Find your path, walk it on your own way, push the limits to reach those in need, push yourself to go beyond all borders.
Pathways for a United World is a journey within the United World Project that makes us face the challenges of the world by promoting concrete actions and projects and making them visible in the network in order to spread fraternity.
Every year we work on a particular path, or aspect of human life: economy, politics, justice, human rights, dialogue between cultures, etc., to change ourselves and the world around us.
Thousands around the world are already walking…
At the launching of Y4UW in 1985, Focolare Movement founder Chiara Lubich offered a strategy to reach the goal of a united world. Under the banner “Many paths towards a united world”, she urged young people to pursue all possible ways to bring unity into the world, through large and small scale initiatives aimed at renewing society from within, reviving love at its heart, as communicated in the Gospel.
This was the catalyst for action in a wide range of themes or “pathways”, all leading towards the same goal: a more united world. This led to progress in a culture of giving, in welcoming others while respecting their diversity, in walking down the road towards peace, re-establishing unity between people and the natural environment, respecting life and promoting social harmony, etc.
This strategy inspired Pathways for a United World: a 6-year global plan to highlight six specific “pathways”.
One Pivotal aspect in rolling out the plan is the annual United World Week (UWW) held each year around the globe. Each year a different continent will take the lead in evaluating and sharing the progress made globally along that year’s pathway, and to launch the next one.
We aspire to contribute towards achieving the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change, adopted by 193 member states in the United Nations Summit of September 2015.
We dream of a world in which no-one is in need. A world in which everyone has the opportunity to develop to their full human potential, materially and spiritually.
We know the world starts to change when we change ourselves. We recognize that we can be the change makers.
Working towards a society where nobody is in need we commit to living a communion of goods, through our personal and group actions, in response to the grave inequalities in our world. We count ourselves among the promoters of a new culture: the culture of giving, where those who give find they receive, and those receiving are actually giving. We recognize that we all have something to give: goods, talents, our time and even our needs. We seek ways to encourage the development of each person’s abilities to benefit the common good.
Starting from our personal commitment to contribute towards global economic change. We propose joint action to tackle existing and future poverty.
Poverty: we pledge to look beyond our own needs, to recognize the social inequalities around us in our neighborhoods and home countries, and to take effective concrete actions towards sustainable improvement;
Consumers: we pledge to be responsible consumers promoting good purchasing habits of taking and using only what we really need;
Work and production: we pledge to campaign economic activities are carried out with respect for human rights, the environment and the common good;
Investment and saving: we pledge to exercise and promote ethical financial practices, on a personal and institutional level.
Resources and formation
- LEARN Educational path
- HANDS4HUMANITY Lines of action