In 2020, the UN will be 75 years old. This may be a good moment to analyse at a summit some institutional changes necessary to increase its legitimacy and effectiveness, such as the reform of the Security Council to make it more representative and limit the use of the vetoes of the great powers, or the establishment of a parliamentary assembly, thus strengthening the role of civil society and the democratic dimension of the multilateral system.
Josep Borrell, Foreign Minister of Spain and former President of the European Parliament, in the newspaper El País, December 2018
The escalating crisis in international cooperation shows that new ways must be found to combat global problems. The United Nations brings together diplomats appointed by member state governments. It is time for an additional body composed of democratically elected representatives: a UN Parliamentary Assembly.
Daniel Jositsch, Swiss Senator and Co-President of the Parliamentary Group for a UNPA, 2018
The world needs more courageous decisions in order to address the urgent global issues of mass migration, terrorism without borders and climate change. These problems are too important to leave them over to national leaders only. Global Governance with a citizen's driven democratic legitimacy and accountability is the right way to make the difference we need. That's why I support the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly.
Yves Leterme, Former Prime Minister of Belgium and Secretary-General of International IDEA, October 2018
As a longtime enthusiastic supporter of the United Nations as the world’s best convener and promoter of global democratic standards and norms for humanity’s common future on this planet, I am honored to support the international Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. A Parliamentary Assembly will augment all the positive global programs embodied in the UN Sustainable Development Goals which I support and promote, as well as the UN Principles of Responsible Investment, of which our company is a signatory member.
Hazel Henderson, futurist and author, founder and CEO of Ethical Markets Media and producer of its TV series “Transforming Finance”, 2018
Alors que le multilatéralisme et la solidarité internationale sont plus jamais menacés, il est temps de donner un nouveau souffle démocratique aux institutions mondiales. L'organisation des Nations Unies doit ainsi s'ouvrir aux représentants élus directement par les citoyens afin de lui conférer la légitimité nécessaire pour agir au nom de l'intérêt général de l'humanité. Il s'agit en effet de conduire rapidement des réformes indispensables en matière de protection de l'environnement, de lutte contre la pauvreté ou de régulation des échanges à l'échelle internationale. Le meilleur moyen d'y parvenir est la création d'une assemblée parlementaire des Nations Unies. Elle serait complémentaire de l'assemblée générale qui réunit les gouvernements représentant les intérêts des Etats. En tant que progressiste, je soutiens cet objectif d'une mondialisation démocratique et non seulement économique, et j'apporte donc tout mon soutien à la campagne internationale pour la création d'une assemblée parlementaire des Nations Unies.
Marietta Karamanli, Députée, août 2018
In a time where we see less connection between the will of peoples and the policies put forward in their name, the world's citizens need representation on the global stage. Democratic initiatives, including the proposal to create a World Parliamentary Assembly, would include all citizens in global decision-making and give voice to currently neglected global public opinion.
Alfred de Zayas, first UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of an Equitable and Democratic International Order, March 2018
My longterm vision is the creation of a World Parliament. Instead of power lying in the hands of a few ministers of government who are to decide about the most pressing challenges of the world behind locked doors, I want more of the influence to be placed in a directly elected Parliamentary Assembly, which could be a complement (like a second chamber) to the UN's General Assembly.
Jens Holm, Member of the Swedish parliament for the left party in his book "Om inte vi, vem?" (If not we, then who), 2017
Our world is getting smaller, and we’re becoming a more tolerant, and integrated human family. We’re also seeing trends that are resisting these changes, and anxieties about multiculturalism spur the forces of disintegration. Ultimately, unity in our diversity will win over. Love will win over. After all, we are one people, and one planet.Our needs to establish a single social order to celebrate our oneness as a human family are practical as much as they are spiritual. We cannot meet global challenges like climate change, multinational corporate exploitation, nuclear proliferation, and so many more threats to humanity without international regulation. We need a World Parliament elected by the peoples of the world to give them a voice in the process of globalization.Nations should have their own borders, and constitutions, and of course their cultures must be unique, but we need a federal government above nations that ensures peace and prosperity, too.I’d like to add my name to the list of supporters of the proposed UN Parliamentary Assembly because our survival depends on us all realizing we are in this together and, as a Baha’i, I believe in the message of Baha’u’llah: “The Earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens”.
Justin Baldoni, American actor, director and filmmaker, 24 October 2017
The United Nations needs to become more representative and inclusive relative to those who are most affected by its work and global challenges. A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly would be a way to achieve this. This new body would have to guarantee that the voices of farmers from around the world are better heard and understood, especially for developing countries particularly in Africa.
Brylyne Chitsunge, Ambassador of the Pan-African Parliament on Food Security in Africa, 2017
The United Nations is the only true extant forum for global governance, but it is currently a forum that represents governments, not people. Democratic global governance is essential that includes opposition and minority opinions. All of humanity needs to be represented on a permanent and formal basis. A citizen-elected UN Parliamentary Assembly is a pragmatic step towards this goal and will help developing a true democratic and open world society.
Smári McCarthy, Member of Parliament and Chair of the European Pirate Party, Iceland, 2017