An international group of Members of Parliament has called for the creation of UN Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA), a body to strengthen the democratic representation of the world’s citizens in global affairs and the UN’s decision-making.
Thirty-three Parliamentarians from 20 countries, including Dr Achyuta Samanta from India, have formed an international Parliamentarian group and started campaign for creation of UNPA.
The international Parliamen-tarian group called on the UN Secretary General, the President of the General Assembly, the heads of states and Governments and their foreign ministers as well as the representatives of UN member states in New York to initiate and support necessary steps in preparation of a meaningful UN reform summit in 2020 and towards the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly.
They warned, the UN, the multilateral order and democracy are under attack and businesses as usual and lofty rhetoric are not sufficient to counter this threat. The group invited MPs from across the world, who were democratically elected, to join the group for a UN Parliamentary Assembly in order to strengthen and coordinate efforts.
The panel of eminent persons on UN-civil society relations warned almost 15 years ago that the UN must do more to strengthen global governance and tackle democratic deficits.