Supporters

The creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly is supported by a broad range of individuals and institutions from more than 150 countries.

Individual supporters include politicians, former UN officials, distinguished scholars, cultural innovators, representatives of civil society organizations, and many committed citizens from all walks of life.

In particular, 684 current and 1048 former members of parliament across principal party lines have endorsed the campaign to date. The sitting MPs represent an estimated 119 million people. Supporters also include current and former heads of state, foreign ministers, Nobel laureates, and over 400 professors, including from world-leading universities.

Institutions that have expressed support include numerous civil society organizations, parliaments, international parliamentary assemblies and party networks. For instance, the Pan-African Parliament, the European Parliament, the Latin-American Parliament and the Parliament of Mercosur have adopted resolutions – as have the Socialist International, the Liberal International, or the Green World Congress.

An international survey conducted in 2004/5 in 18 countries showed an average support of 63% while only 20% opposed.

Voices

It is high time that there is a body at the United Nations that brings parliamentarians from all UN member states together. The UN would benefit from involving elected representatives in its deliberations. After all, in many cases it's them who are needed to help implement UN policy at the national level, especially if it comes to the Agenda 2030. A UN Parliamentary Assembly would also provide for democratic oversight of the UN's operations, including playing a meaningful role vis-à-vis the Security Council. This additional layer of accountability would increase the world organization's democratic character and its credibility so that external control and economic exploitation by the strong on the weak nations and their lands is suppressed.

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Nomsa Tarabella-Marchesi, Member of the National Assembly of South Africa, 2017

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Members of Parliament

from 135 countries endorse the campaign (current and former)

Latest supporters

Datchanamoorthy Ramu, India — Udaya Kumar Maithripala, Sri Lanka — Folke Gyland, Sweden — Marianne Melin Åström, Sweden — Shashwat Sen, India — Petter Ölmunger, Sweden — Paul Manly, Canada — Karen Kowalski, Canada — Christian Aigner, Austria — Messias Santos, Brazil

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