United Nations Parliamentary Assembly
A collection of background resources:
Democratize the UN! - overview
Official website of the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly
"Steps to Planethood: The Politics of Global Citizenship"
This is an excellent overview with comprehensive links:
A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, or United Nations People's Assembly (UNPA), is a proposed addition to the United Nations System that eventually would allow for direct election of UN delegates by citizens of member states. Proposals for a UNPA date back to the UN's formation in 1945, but largely stagnated until the 1990s. They have recently gained traction amidst increasing globalization, as national parliamentarians and citizens groups seek to counter the growing influence of unelected international bureaucracies.
parliamentary assembly is a consultative
body attached to an international organization. It
is composed of parliamentarians appointed or
elected by the national parliaments of the organization’s member
states. Examples of existing parliamentary
listed and described briefly. As yet no
assembly exists on the global level.
KDUN was founded in February 2004. Its main project is to mobilize support for the establishment of a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations.
FAQ regarding the establishment of a
United Nations Parliamentary Assembly http://www.uno-komitee.de/en/projects/unpa/faq.php?id=rem
KDUN flyer Kdun pdf flyer
KDUN briefing paper Kdun pdf briefing paper
Reader on Second Assembly and Parliamentary Proposals:
Does the UN Have a "Democracy Gap”?
(2003) Edited by Saul H. Mendlovitz and Barbara Walker
Book, 150 pages
Includes analyses and proposals by noted authors to improve democratic procedures at the United Nations. Contributing authors are; Richard Falk & Andrew Strauss; Senator Dougles Roche; Jeffrey Laurenti; Robert C. Johansen; Joseph E. Schwartzberg; George Monbiot; Dieter Heinrich; and Lucio Levi
Complete book available on-line at
Taking Democracy Global by Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss makes the point that a PA is unlikely to come into existence via civil sociaty initiatives alone, and that the support of some like-minded governments would be essential. This accords with the way the Landmines Treaty and the ICC came into existence.
How to Democratize the United Nations by Hanspeter Bigler
In his article "How to democratise the United Nations, Hanspeter Bigler points out that multinational support is definitely within the realm of the possible.
The European Parliament adopted a resolution supporting the call for the establishment of a UN parliamentary assembly in June 2005.
In addition, in Bern, an open letter was presented to Secretary General, Kofi Annan. With their signature, 108 members of parliament, among them the majority of the Swiss National Council, support the idea of the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA).
Bigler also mentions parliamentary initiative regarding the UNPA taking place in France, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, India and Mexico.
This group is in the midst of a major Open Letter campaign. In June 2005, they hand-delivered an Open Letter with accompanying signatures to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan requesting that a high level panel be convened toward establishing a Peoples' Parliamentary Assembly within the United Nations organization.
On July 15th Kofi
Annan replied that the UN treats the views of civil society seriously
and the request would need the support of the people.
We are now actively pursuing this initiative and ask that people and organizations endorse this Open Letter. PLEASE TAKE TIME NOW and visit www.EmpowerTheUN.org (Open Letter) to add your voice to this campaign!
Campaign For A More Democratic United Nations (CAMDUN)
CAMDUN was established in 1989 as a project of the International Network For A UN Second Assembly (INFUSA), which was formed in 1983.
Welcome to the e-Parliament
The e-Parliament is the first world institution whose members are elected by the people. It links democratic members of parliament and congress into a global forum, combining meetings and electronic communication. Organizations, companies, journalists and individual citizens are all invited to participate. You don't need advanced computer skills.Take your place at the table