It is with pleasure that I endorse the proposal for the creation of a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations. There's a functioning world economy but no functioning and democratically legitimate global politics. The latter is urgently needed, however. I very much hope that this initiative will be successful.
Gregor Gysi, Member of the German Parliament and President of the European Left Party, 2017
Creating a UN Parliamentary Assembly would help strengthen global democracy and, through international political cooperation, help tackle the common problems faced by all of humanity. Bringing politicians together worldwide is the key to transcending the barriers of national borders and the limits of national parliaments. The UN General Assembly is a voice for the world's governments. A UN Parliamentary Assembly would give a voice to the elected representatives of the world's peoples.
Peter Tatchell, Human rights activist and Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, U.K., 2017
Det är hög tid att Förenta Nationerna får ett organ som för samman parlamentariker från alla FN:s medlemsstater. FN skulle tjäna på att involvera valda representanter i sina förhandlingar. När allt kommer omkring är det ofta de som behövs för att hjälpa till med att implementera FN-beslut på nationell nivå, särskilt när det gäller Agenda 2030. En parlamentarisk församling inom FN skulle dessutom ge demokratisk överblick över FN:s verksamheter, inklusive fylla en meningsfull funktion gentemot Säkerhetsrådet. En sådan ytterligare nivå av ansvarighet skulle stärka världsorganisationens demokratiska karaktär och dess trovärdighet, så att starka nationerna kan hindras från att kontrollera och ekonomiskt exploatera de svagare.
Nomsa Tarabella-Marchesi, Member of the National Assembly of South Africa, 2017
Globalisation is now seen as a threat in many countries. This is, to a large extent, because people feel a sense of powerlessness and have no say or sense of control over global forces. This view is gaining credence, fuelling the growth of populism and extremism and forcing a retreat into narrow forms of identity that undermine cohesion. We therefore need to democratise international bodies and agencies. A citizen-elected UN Parliamentary Assembly will create the opportunity to discuss and influence decisions beyond our borders. This will also help to develop a much greater sense of joint purpose and common humanity and break down the divisions based on nationality, ethnicity and faith that are presently the cause of so many tensions and conflicts.
Ted Cantle, Founder of the Institute of Community Cohesion Foundation; visiting professor at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University, 2017
I support the idea of a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations. We are facing growing global challenges that can only be solved by joint action. That's why democratically legitimate and transparent political decision-making procedures are not only needed at the national level but at the international level as well.
Bernd Westphal, Member of the German Parliament; Speaker of the Working Group on Energy and Economic Affairs of the Parliamentary Group of the Social Democratic Party, 2017
Political decision-making procedures need to be democratically legitimate, transparent and accountable. This applies to the global level as well. That's why I support the idea of a Parliamentary Assembly at the UN.
Bärbel Bas, Chief Whip of the Parliamentary Group of the Social Democratic Party in the German Bundestag, 2017
The UN still grants governments a monopoly on the representation of their societies. This monopoly is no longer tenable. A more inclusive system of global democracy is needed. As an important step towards a fundamental transformation of the UN and the development of a democratic world parliament, I support the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly which would give citizen-elected representatives a voice.
Prof. Tim Murithi, Extraordinary Professor of African Studies, Centre for African Studies, University of the Free State, and Head of Programme, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017
In the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe I have been working on important cross-border issues together with parliamentarians from other member states and learned a lot from them in the process. A Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations could complement the collaboration of governments in the General Assembly and the UN's various subsidiary bodies with a structured collaboration of parliaments. I consider this to be very useful.
Ute Finckh-Krämer, Member of the German Parliament, 2017
Som långtida aktivist och nu som romsk kvinna vald till Europaparlamentet, ser jag behovet av att demokratisera FN:s representation genom en parlamentarisk församling inom FN. Som världens folk behöver vi en möjlighet att kunna utöva direktinflytande över FN:s politiska agenda och dess genomförande. Det handlar om våra mänskliga rättigheter och dess fulla förverkligande.
Soraya Post, Member of the European Parliament from Sweden, 2017
Free world trade needs a clear political and eco-social framework if it is not to have ruinous effects. Global regulation calls for democratized global institutions based on checks and balances, among them a global parliament. In the long run, this is the only way to protect freedom and its preconditions which are under threat today intertemporally and across national borders. For this it will also be necessary to achieve a serious - and not only bogus - democratization of the world's nation-states.
Prof. Dr. Felix Ekardt, LL.M., M.A., Director of the Research Center on Sustainability and Climate Policy (Leipzig/Berlin) and Professor for Public Law and Legal Philosophy at the University of Rostock. For more than 20 years he has been dealing with global constitutionalization. (2017)