Strengthening parliamentary democracy in times of globalization and the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) was the subject of a workshop held last week, on 25 November, in Kampala, Uganda. Around five Members of Parliament and 20 representatives of local civil society organizations […]
The establishment of a parliamentary body at the United Nations was subject of consultations in Kampala this week, held on the occasion of a visit of the head of the Secretariat of the Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (CEUNPA), Andreas […]
Support of the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly mounts in Uganda.On 21 September the leader of the opposition in parliament, Prof. Morris Ogenga-Latigo, MP for the Forum of Democratic Change, signed the Campaign’s appeal for a UNPA (in the picture). Also in this month, […]
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the right of everyone to take part in public affairs, directly or through freely chosen representatives. This right is not restricted to local matters and extends to global institutions. A UN World Citizens' Initiative and a UN World Parliamentary Assembly represent innovative mechanisms for citizen involvement in global affairs which I proudly associate with.
Livingstone Sewanyana, UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order and Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative in Uganda, 2020
The fact that there still is no parliamentary body at the UN more and more interferes with the world organization's democratic legitimacy. A UN Parliamentary Assembly would strengthen the democratic nature of the UN and bring it closer to the citizens. That's one of the reasons why the East African Legislative Assembly supports its establishment.
Margaret Zziwa, Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly, former Member of Parliament, Uganda, former Member of the Constituent Assembly drafting the 1995 Ugandan Constitution, 2013