Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly

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The official logo of the CEUNPA.

The Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (CUNPA) is a global network of more than 300 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and 1,500 current and former parliamentarians from around 150 countries devoted to establishing a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.[1]

Campaign objectives[edit]

CUNPA-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 Democracy Without Borders.[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 Democracy Without Borders, Society for Threatened Peoples International, World Federalist Movement-IGP, Democracia Global, and The Workable World Trust.[3]

Regional and national networks[edit]

The Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly has built coalitions and established national and regional networks all over the world as for example in Israel[4], Germany[5], Argentina[6], Sweden[7], Canada[8] and Spain[9], among others. Multiple Global Weeks of Action for a World Parliament have also been held, with supporting activities taking place across the world[10].

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.[11] 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).[12] At a meeting in November 2007 the Campaign reiterated its policy as formulated in the appeal.

Although the CUNPA'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.[13] Similarly, early CUNPA 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.[14]

In 2016 the Campaign received strong support from the Pan-African Parliament[15], and in 2017 the Campaign's chairman, Andreas Bummel, was invited to give a statement to the Parliament[16].

As of 2018, the campaign claimed the support of 1535 former and current members of parliament around the world[17], as well as the support of some other academic and public figures. Support has also come from some national political parties[18], inter-governmental organisations[19], governmental bodies[20][21], and non-governmental organisations[22][23]. The Campaign has also been discussed in motions at the German[24], Icelandic[25], Canadian[26], Mercosur[27] and European[28] parliaments, among others. Support for the Campaign has been diverse in nature, coming from both ends of the political spectrum[29].

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Supporters | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Democracy Without Borders". Democracy Without Borders. United Nations. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Steering Committee Campaign for a UN Parliament". Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly. En.unpacampaign.org. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  4. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "New Israeli NGO supports global democracy and a world parliament". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  5. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "Fresh call on German UN policy to support a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  6. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "Global Week of Action for a World Parliament launched in Buenos Aires". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  7. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "United Nations Association of Sweden supports a UN Parliamentary Assembly". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly". www.vcn.bc.ca. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  9. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "New association to push for Spain's support of a UN Parliamentary Assembly". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  10. ^ "About the Global Week of Action". Global Week of Action for a World Parliament. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Campaign for elected UN assembly launched – World Politics, World". The Independent. UK. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  12. ^ http://www.unpacampaign.org/documents/en/POLICY1107.pdf
  13. ^ "Call for global democratic oversight of international financial and economic institutions | Campaign for a UN Parliament". En.unpacampaign.org. 1 April 2009. Archived from the original on 25 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  14. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "Pan-African Parliament calls on African Union to support the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  15. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "Campaign welcomes Pan-African Parliament's "pioneering role" in efforts for a UN Parliamentary Assembly". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  16. ^ "CEUNPA - Supporters". Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  17. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "Green party of Sweden supports a UN Parliamentary Assembly". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  18. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "Campaign welcomes Pan-African Parliament's "pioneering role" in efforts for a UN Parliamentary Assembly". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  19. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "Dominican Republic: Commission on Foreign Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies supports a UN Parliamentary Assembly". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  20. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "Government of Catalonia endorses a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  21. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "Rwandan NGO calls for a UN Parliamentary Assembly as "a means to prevent genocide"". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  22. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "Pirate Parties support the creation of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  23. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "German parliament urges the government to examine a UN Parliamentary Assembly". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  24. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "Parliament of Iceland to discuss support for a UN Parliamentary Assembly". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  25. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "Group of Canadian parliamentarians advocates more democratic global governance". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  26. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "News". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  27. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "Call on EU Council to support UN Parliamentary Assembly adopted". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  28. ^ Kazdan, Larry. "Campaign to Establish a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly". Big Think. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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