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The World Has No Time To Spare (Le monde n’a plus de temps a perdre)



Original Language: French | 170 pp. | April 2012

2 Seas Represents: English (USA), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish Rights.

Rights Sold: Brazil, Spain

Depending on the publisher and the quality of the translation, translations from the French can be funded by the Centre national du livre.

For more information about the group of authors, the Collegium International, you can read an article published in the Herald Tribune here.


With the challenges that we face today this work acts as a siren call, it asks what we can do to bring about concrete change in how the world is run. Through the lens of six of the current problems affecting the world the authors argue for the implementation of a supra-national leadership that would group together politicians and representatives from around the globe as a reaction to the failure of national leaders to take a worldview on today’s issues.

This book expands recent powerful speeches given to UNESCO by political and intellectual heavyweights. But it goes beyond word and opens with a three-page charter calling for a World government, which the authors and fifty other international personalities will give to the UN in May 2012.

True to his nature, Stéphane Hessel pushes this heartfelt plea for new ideas as a means to attain new hope.

Following on from his recent bestseller La Voie, Edgar Morin urges the need for us to reacquaint ourselves with the complex nature of the world, its challenges, the richness of other cultures and the requirement to think differently and above all together.

Michel Rocard is concerned with the environment. He shows the impotence of countries and international organisations in facing up to ecological challenges. He calls for the creation of an all-encompassing body to fight against global warming.

René Passet considers the way the economy has become the yardstick for all governments around the world to the detriment of politics, the biosphere and everything else. For him our future hinges on the doing away of liberalist economics in favour of a bio economic approach.

Peter Sloterdijk worries that societies are losing their systems of political immunity, filters that represent and protect culture, language, religion as well as social welfare and solidarity, and he calls for an immediate reaction.

Finally, Mireille Delmas-Marty, takes a legal viewpoint on the conditions of the implementation of a world democracy by examining the actual constraints, limitations and possible options.

The Authors:
Ex-resistance fighter and concentration camp survivor, diplomat and peace campaigner, the Franco-German Stéphane Hessel is the author of several works including the surprise best seller Time for Outrage (Indignez-vous!) which has sold over four million copies and has been translated into more than thirty languages.
Edgar Morin is a French philosopher and sociologist. He too is a former member of the French resistance while he is also a fervent campaigner for environmental causes. He has written more than 60 books, which have been translated in more than 30 countries. His last work, The Path of Hope (Le Chemin de l’espérance), was co-written with Stéphane Hessel.
Michel Rocard was Prime Minister of France between 1988-91. He is a former First Secretary of the French Socialist Party and Member of the European Parliament. He has been actively involved in environmentalism for many years.
René Passet is a French economist specialising in development and is a known supporter of alternative globalisation.
Peter Sloterdijk is a German writer and philosopher and has written more than 30 works which have been widely translated abroad.
Mireille Delmas-Marty is a Professor at the Collège de France specialising in legal studies and the globalisation of law.
She is the author of more than 20 reference books. She writes for numerous international revues and is a regularly invited to universities around the world.