Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly

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The official logo of the CEUNPA.

The Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (CEUNPA) is a global network of more than 270 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and 700 parliamentarians from around 140 countries devoted to establishing a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.[1]

Campaign objectives[edit]

CEUNPA-supported symbol of a UNPA, reflecting parliamentary benches and recalling the Flag of the United Nations

The Campaign's objectives:[1]

  • To make the UNPA proposal visible in political debates and the media
  • To facilitate the creation of national and local networks of individuals, non-governmental organizations and parliamentarians advocating a UNPA in their sphere of influence
  • To establish a global multi-stakeholder coalition which unites parliamentary and civil society efforts for a U.N. Parliamentary Assembly
  • To facilitate contacts and debates with potentially like-minded parliaments and governments

Profile[edit]

Steering Committee[edit]

The Campaign's Secretariat is led by the Committee for a Democratic UN.[2] The work of the Campaign is guided by an informal Steering Committee, which helps to define the Campaign's goals, policies and strategies. The Steering Committee consists of the NGOs Committee for a Democratic UN, Society for Threatened Peoples International, World Federalist Movement-IGP, 2020*Vision Ltd. and since October 2010 also Democracia Global.[3]

Regional and National Networks[edit]

The Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly has built coalitions and established national and regional networks all over the world as for example in New Zealand,[4] in the Dominican Republic,[5] in Nigeria,[6] in Norway,[7] in Libya,[8] in Germany,[9] in Uganda,[10] in Nepal,[11] in Mexico,[12] in Bulgaria,[13] in Argentina,[14] in France,[15] in India,[16] in the United States,[17] in China,[18] in Kenya,[19] in Switzerland,[20] in Canada,[21] in Great Britain,[22] in Tanzania,[23] in Spain,[24] in South Africa[25] and in Italy.[26]

Funding[edit]

Current major funding is provided by the Ford Foundation, the Committee for a Democratic UN and Stiftung Apfelbaum, but the primary contributions to the CEUNPA's work come from the campaign participants that carry out the work necessary to realize a UNPA.[27]

History[edit]

The policy of the Campaign is based on the "Appeal for the Establishment of a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations" which was presented at launch events in over ten countries during April and May 2007.[28] 552 persons were initial signatories to the petition, among them parliamentarians and individuals such as Nobel Prize laureates, Right Livelihood Award laureates, civil society leaders, three former prime ministers, several former foreign ministers and Boutros Boutros-Ghali (former UN Secretary General ).[29] At a meeting in November 2007 the Campaign reiterated its policy as formulated in the appeal.

Although the CEUNPA's early literature seemed to emphasize indirect election of the UNPA as a necessary first step, in November 2007, the organization noted that some countries could choose direct election of delegates in the first stage of the body's existence.[30] Similarly, early CEUNPA statements stressed the UNPA's oversight role over the UN and its bodies, but the November 2007 statement clarified that the UNPA could also have a role overseeing the Bretton Woods institutions. In a statement on the financial crisis issued in April 2008 this position was confirmed and outlined in more detail.[31]

As to September 2010 the appeal has been signed by around 3,670 people.[32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About the Campaign | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly « KDUN". United Nations. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Steering Committee | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.unpa-oceania.org/
  5. ^ "Civil society creates pro-UNPA network in Dominican Republic | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Seminar in Lagos debates proposal for a UN Parliamentary Assembly | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  7. ^ ""Norway should advocate a democratization of global institutions," says Én Verden | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Forum of Libyan civil society backs campaign for UN Parliament | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "German United Nations Association calls for concrete proposals for establishing a UN Parliamentary Assembly | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Workshop on UN Parliamentary Assembly held in Kampala | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "South Asian Federalists seek support for UNPA in Nepal | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "International meeting of NGOs in Mexico calls for review of UN Charter and world parliament | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Sofia: Proposal for a global parliamentary assembly discussed at Model UN | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Argentina: Chamber of Deputies joins call for UN Parliamentary Assembly | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Committee for a World Parliament joins global campaign | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "Event in Delhi: "India could play a significant role in a UN Parliamentary Assembly" | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  17. ^ "Panel in Washington D.C. debates Global Parliament | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  18. ^ "Proposal for UN Parliamentary Assembly presented at Renmin University of China | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  19. ^ "Kenya: Speaker of National Assembly supports campaign for elected UN body | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  20. ^ "Swiss government expresses "sympathy" for UNPA proposal | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  21. ^ ""Opportunity for Canadian Government to show leadership" | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  22. ^ "Clare Short hosts U.K. launch of Campaign | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  23. ^ "Public conference in Dar Es Salaam on UNPA Campaign | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  24. ^ "Campaign launch: MPs, NGOs meet in Madrid | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  25. ^ http://en.unpacampaign.org/news/56.php
  26. ^ "Support for UNPA Campaign in Italy | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  27. ^ http://en.unpacampaign.org/sponsors/index.php
  28. ^ "Campaign for elected UN assembly launched – World Politics, World". The Independent. UK. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  29. ^ http://www.unpacampaign.org/documents/en/POLICY1107.pdf
  30. ^ "Call for global democratic oversight of international financial and economic institutions | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 1 April 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  31. ^ "Supporters | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 

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