Boutros-Ghali: Parliamentary Assembly inevitable to democratize Global Governance

9. June 2009

In a comment published at OpenDemocracy, former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali makes the case for the establishment of a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations. In order to fight global crises more effectively, a "direct democratic connection between the world's citizens and the world's governance needs to be created," says Boutros-Ghali. In the article he refers to the expansion of democracy at the national level throughout the world and that now emerging states from the South are increasingly included in global intergovernmental deliberations. By contrast to that, Boutros-Ghali says, "a third dimension of democratization is almost completely neglected: Developing global democracy beyond states."