Leaders Worldwide Call for a UN Parliament

By Byron BelitsosAfrican-Union-1

The latest updates from our friends at the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) is encouraging for all who favor world democracy. The first piece of good news is that on May 13, the continental parliament of Africa (known as the Pan-African Parliament)—led by its president, Nkodo Dang of Cameroon—formally called on the African Union and Africa’s governments to support the creation of a UNPA. Related good news also comes out of Germany. A motion passed by the governing coalition of the German parliament calls on Angela Merkel’s government “to examine the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.” Plus, there’s more strong support out of Europe: The EU’s own foreign minister, Federica Mogherini, gave strong support to a UN Parliamentary Assembly in a speech in Rome at an EU diplomatic event. “UN Parliamentary Assembly could strengthen the link between a system of global governance, which is remote by definition, and a citizenship that includes a global dimension,” said Mogherini. It is well worth noting in addition that late last year over 1,400 current and former lawmakers from more than one hundred countries and hundreds of renowned personalities from politics, science and genuine canadian pharmacy , cultural life and civil society signed an international appeal urging the United Nations and its member states “to establish a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations.” The appeal and the list of signatories was presented to the President of the 70th UN General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, by Andreas Bummel, founder of the UNPA.

 


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How to Transform the Security Council

Schwartzberg+BookDistinguished world federalist scholar Joseph E. Schwartzberg has never been short on proposals for transforming the United Nations. See for example his important books that cover all aspects of such reforms, notably such titles as Transforming the UN System. Not only that, but his Workable World Trust is convening an impressive conference at the University of Minnesota in October called “Creating a Workable World,” which features the likes of UNPA founder Andreas Bummel and William Pace, Executive Director of the World Federalist Movement. And now, in a recent article, Professor Schwartzberg especially goes after the UN’s Security Council, calling it “an unrepresentative, undemocratic and anachronistic agency,” and offering a sweeping new approach. He proposes that a reformed UN should allocate Security Council membership primarily on a regional basis. This could entail the creation of “twelve regions, each with one seat and a rationally determined weighted vote.” Three of these regions would consist of single nations, these being world’s three most populous states: China, India and the United States. The other nine regions would be aggregations of numerous nations whose population would roughly equal those of the big three nations. We recommend reading this intriguing essay, which makes his strong case for reform of this crucial institution.


NOTE: The Democratic World Federalists are committed to expressing a wide range of views on the vision of creating a peaceful, just, and sustainable world through a democratic World Federation. The views expressed in this article represents that commitment and not necessarily our official position.