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simultaneous policy

The simultaneous policy ideal is that many members of parliament, political parties, and governments all over the world adopt a policy with a single deadline for its implementation, so that no nation is disadvantaged relative to any other. Typically, the threat of first-mover economic competitive disadvantage is a key barrier to global cooperation on many issues, including global warming, financial market regulation, arms control and many more.

The Simultaneous Policy (SP), unlike inter-governmental efforts at global problem-solving, is a CITIZEN'S initiative. Citizens who support SP pledge to vote in national elections for ANY politician or party - within reason - who has pledged to implement SP simultaneously alongside other governments or to encourage their prefered party, if they have one, to make that pledge. In this way, unprecedented electoral pressure can be placed on ALL politicians to sign the Pledge. This means that citizens can take the initiative to make it in the electoral interests of politicians to cooperate and to drive hitherto uncooperative governments, such as the USA, to participate and cooperate.

The Kyoto Protocol is an example of a policy to be implemented simultaneously by many nations, with all nations committing to meet certain greenhouse gas emission control targets over the period 2008-2012. But because the USA and some other nations refuse to cooperate, it is unlikely to take full effect. Simultaneous Policy, because it is driven by citizens and the way they pledge to vote in future national elections has, according to the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation, the opportunity of getting around this problem.

Typically such policy requires very long lead times to agree on terms and schedules. Accordingly having common names for things, e.g. one set of naming conventions for international Green Party policys used by all Green Parties, would accelerate any moves to simultaneous policy and increase Green leverage.

''Simultaneous policy is promoted by The International Simultaneous Policy Organization - simpol.org.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/simultaneous_policy for a general reference.''