Power exists at the international level whether we like it or not. A parliament for the planet is not a question of removing further powers from nation-states or from their citizens, but of democratizing those powers that are already being wielded supranationally.
George Monbiot, English writer, columnist and political activist, 2002
As more and more issues increasingly demand global solutions ... we need to strengthen institutions for global decision-making and make them more responsible to the people they affect. This line of thought leads in the direction of a world community with its own directly elected legislature.
Peter Singer, Moral philosopher, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, 2002
L'Organisation des Nations Unies devrait probablement reposer sur deux piliers : l'un constitué d'une assemblée des représentants exécutifs de chaque pays, ressemblant à l'actuelle plénière, et l'autre composé d'un groupe élu directement par la population mondiale où le nombre de délégués représentant chaque nation correspondraient à peu près à la taille de chaque nation.
Václav Havel, Président de la République tchèque (1993-2003), 2000
The world needs ... to establish an effective World Parliament - and elections to it based on population - which will represent the people, not their governments. ... This new World Parliament would enact legislative policies in a democratic manner. Perhaps a bicameral legislature is the most feasible with both a Parliament of peoples and a General Assembly of nations.
Paul Kurtz, In commemoration of Paul Kurtz (1925-2012). From the "Humanist Manifesto 2000: A Call for a New Planetary Humanism", drafted by Paul Kurtz, professor of philosophy, and signed by 130 personalities from over 30 countries, among them ten Nobel laureates, 1999., 1999
It is inconceivable that world affairs should remain the monopoly of the executive branch of national governments. This major flaw in democracy and remnant from the past must be corrected. At least to begin with, a UN Consultative Parliamentary Assembly should be created.
Robert Muller, Co-founder of the University of Peace in Costa Rica, Assistant United Nations Secretary-General, longtime UN civil servant, 1995
We need a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, where our directly elected representatives can monitor and contribute to the performance of executive governments. They do need help. Those who have been practising double standards need the realisation that the representatives of the citizens of this planet are close by, watching, and alert to expose all unethical international behaviour.
Erskine Childers, Former BBC correspondent and UN senior civil servant (1967-1989), 1994
A United Nations Consultative Assembly constituted [by national parliamentarians] could play an important role in the formulation and execution of United Nations' policies. Though it would be only an advisory body, its opinion would carry weight, especially if its members succeeded in raising themselves beyond national ambitions and in approaching the issues from a global point of view
Louis B. Sohn, U.S. delegate to the 1945 San Francisco conference that established the UN, 1949
The method of representation at the UN should be considerably modified. The present method of selection by government appointment ... cannot give the peoples of the world the feeling of being fairly and proportionately represented. The moral authority of the UN would be considerably enhanced if the delegates were elected directly by the people.
Albert Einstein, Physicist, Nobel laureate and peace activist, in an open letter to the UN General Assembly, 1947
The only way out of international dictatorship is to place international law above governments, which means that there must be a parliament for making it, and that parliament must be constituted by means of worldwide elections in which all nations will take part.
Albert Camus, French author, philosopher, and Nobel Laureate, 1946
We need a new study for the purpose of creating a world assembly elected directly from the people of the world, as a whole, to whom the Governments who form the United Nations are responsible and who, in fact, make the world law which they, the people, will then accept and be morally bound and willing to carry out."
Ernest Bevin, British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1945-1951), in a speech in the House of Commons, 1945
The most obvious things are the hardest to do, for peoples and nations as well as for individuals. What is the present League of Nations? Nothing. We all long for a world parliament. We need a real League of Nations.
Gerhart Hauptmann, German dramatist and novelist (1862-1946), Nobel Prize laureate, in an interview, 1923