Pathways for a United World
Just look at how far people are already travelling along different ways in a cooperative effort to build up the unity of our world. In keeping with their own opportunities and the needs around them, they’ve mended broken relationships, healed divisions, tackled the most grievous conflicts between individuals, groups or generations… Look at the daily wonders that are lived out with such commitment all around us.
Chiara Lubich, to the Genfest youth festival, 1990Read more
This world of ours is deeply wounded by inequality, conflict, violence, natural disasters, corruption…
Pathways for a United World is a strategy aiming to address the local and global challenges facing our world by sparking personal and collective processes of change, opening up ways to build a more fraternal and sustainable world, a more united world.
How? By making fraternity and reciprocity the basis of every aspect of human life.
A brief history
At the launch of Y4UW in 1985, Focolare Movement founder Chiara Lubich offered a strategy to reach the goal of a united world. Under the banner “Many ways for a united world”, she urged young people to pursue all possible ways to bring unity, 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 directions or “ways”, all leading towards the same goal: a more united world. It led to progress in a culture of giving, in welcoming others while respecting their diversity, in walking along the way of peace, of re-establishing unity between people and the natural environment, the way of respect for life and of promoting social harmony, etc.
This strategy has inspired Pathways for a United World, a worldwide, six-year long journey proposing six paths towards building a more united world. Drawing from the challenges facing today’s world, the project focuses on a different aspect of human and social life each year — from the economy to politics, from justice to the arts, from intercultural dialogue to sports — sparking action, collaboration and projects based on fraternity and reciprocity, on a scale that ranges from the local to the global dimension, aiming to make an impact on both.
To respond to the challenges of the world we live in by promoting best practices, processes, personal and collective initiatives — be they on a small or large scale, on a regular or one-off basis — which contribute to change, building a more fraternal and sustainable future.
Through Pathways for a United World, we would like to help achieve the Global Goals, the 17 Goals for Sustainable Development set by the United Nations to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and stop climate change by 2030.
How we achieve it
The Pathways strategy can be broken down in three steps:
LEARN study and be informed
We gather information on the topics that are the focus of the current Pathway and study them in relation to the challenges of the contemporary world. We establish a network with those studying or working in the same field in order to contribute to the development of a culture of communion.
ACT play your part
We change the world starting from ourselves: we promote best practices, processes and initiatives of change, and then we take as many people as we can on board!
SHARE create a network
Let’s connect, let’s create public opinion. In order for local actions to acquire global relevance, it is fundamental to spread the word!
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
Economy, work and communion
Human Rights, Peace, Legality, and Justice
Active citizenship & politics for unity
Dialogue between people, cultures, churches, religions & different mindsets
Human dignity, culture of life and environmental protection
Art, veauty and social harmony