10. To set loose a
citizen watchdog in the
halls of the UN and
watch it nip at the heels of self-interested national states and
parliamentary debates and question
period to the UN and thereby bring
about more media
scrutiny, more public attention and more political pressure to deal
great problems that beleaguer the world: militarism, the environment,
To catch up with Europe
and the African
which have parliaments; and with NATO,
OSCE, the Commonwealth, La
Francophonie and the Council
which all have parliamentary assemblies. Why is the UN one
few international bodies that doesn't have a parliamentary dimension to
make it more accountable and effective?
have representatives at the UN that
answer directly to us, that can't be fired by national governments,
and who are mandated to act according to conscience and the common good.
Citizens of most democratic countries have their elected representatives at city, state, and national levels. Why not at the UN?
provide a behavioural model of democracy that we
want non-democratic countries to learn, and to provide an opportunity
for democratic countries to actually practice what they preach.
Because the Campaign is supported by actress
Emma Thompson, not to mention former UN Secretary-General Boutros
Boutros-Ghali, astronaut Edgar Mitchell, entrepreneur Anita Roddick,
journalist George Monbiot,
writers Günter Grass and Arthur C. Clarke, and we might even
include Alfred, Lord Tennyson,
who in 1842, wrote:
Because according to the TV series Star Trek,
Earth will be represented in the Planetary Federation by The
United Earth (UE) Government, operating according to a
parliamentary system. A World Parliament is
preordained! All we need do is: Make it so!
Because individuals with diverse political perspectives and
philosophies find common ground and are
supporting the UNPA:
greens, liberals, socialists and independents.
Because the train has already left the
station. Just several months after the starting whistle, the
been endorsed by over 465 members of parliaments, over 100 civil
and over 1100 individuals - with participation currently from 112
countries. All aboard!
And the Top Reason
to endorse the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly:
UN Parliamentary Assembly in a Nutshell (PowerPoint Presentation)
International Website: www.unpacampaign.org
Please show your support by endorsing the Appeal
at http://en.unpacampaign.org/appeal/index.php !