Civil society statement on "inclusive global governance" calls for a UN Parliamentary Assembly

26. April 2021

On the occasion of the International Day for Multilateralism on 24 April, a group of 100 civil society organisations has issued a joint statement calling on the UN and its member states to implement three proposals "to strengthen the inclusive ... more

UN report: a UN Parliamentary Assembly could serve as a "citizens' advisory body"

25. March 2021

In a global consultation carried out by the United Nations in the course of 2020, citizens worldwide overwhelmingly expressed support of international cooperation but also raised the need for the United Nations to innovate and become more inclusive. ... more

Over 100 Japanese lawmakers call for a UN Parliamentary Assembly

17. December 2020

According to the Japanese Parliamentary Group for World Federation, more than 100 members of the Japanese House of Representatives and the House of Councillors, the two chambers of the National Diet, in recent weeks endorsed an international call ... more

Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly

Who we are

The Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly is a global network of parliamentarians, non-governmental organizations, scholars, and dedicated citizens that advocates democratic representation of the world's citizens at the United Nations. A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, UNPA, for the first time would give elected citizen representatives, not only states, a direct and influential role in global policy.

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Members of Parliament

from 135 countries endorse the campaign (current and former)

Voices

The need for democratization of the UN has been widely discussed within the organization and raised by former UN Secretary Generals. Furthermore, the need for modernizing the UN to more effectively address the challenges of the modern world has also been recognized. Adopted after the Second World War, the UN’s structures, policies and rules are not only inadequate in the current world, they perpetuate inefficiency and paralysis. I believe that modernization and democratization go hand in hand. Democracy Without Borders pursues a promising approach by advocating a strengthening of democratic representation and participation of citizens. Creating a UN Parliamentary Assembly in particular would address the UN’s democratic deficit by giving the people a stronger voice in decisions that affect them.

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Gulnara Shahinian, Founder of Democracy Today, Armenia, former UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, 2021

Award-winning

The Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly received the 2nd prize in the NGO category in The Good Lobby Awards 2019 for advocating "the sort of democratic innovations the world urgently needs."