On November 5th, the Senate of the Republic of Argentina became the first national parliament in the world to adopt a declaration unconditionally calling for the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) “in order to strengthen the effectiveness, transparency, representativeness, plurality and legitimacy of the resolutions of the institutions that compose the UN system.”
Without the need to change any of the 111 articles of the UN Charter, an Assembly of this range can create an important link between the United Nations, its agencies, national governments and parliaments, and civil society.”
The assembly would be an advisory body that would review the activities of the UN and its agencies and give elected representatives for the first time direct representation at the global level.
The Campaign for the Establishment of a UN Parliamentary Assembly, (currently a global network of parliamentarians and non-governmental organizations) launched in April 2007. The campaign would like to see the UNPA eventually develop into a “world parliament” vested with distinctive rights and functions.
At a recent UNPA conference of 15 countries in the European Parliament in Brussels the European deputy Jo Leinen stressed the “immense importance” of global parliamentary monitoring in the field of climate regulations.
More on the UNPA campaign.