The case for creating a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) rests on two widely accepted truths. The first is the proposition that democratic governance is a good thing. Most people would agree with that. Indeed, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 21, clause 3) […]

A few days ago we reported on the International Conference of Chief Justices of the World that was organized for the 13th time by City Montessori School in Lucknow, India. At the closing session of the conference, the participating chief justices and judges unanimously passed […]

The first sitting U.S. parliamentarian to endorse the establishment of a UN Parliamentary Assembly easily secured re-election in U.S. elections last month. Senator Benjamin Cardin of Maryland has served in the U.S. legislature since 1987, first in the lower chamber and then, from 2007, in […]

Following a similar statement at the UN General Assembly's Third Committee in New York earlier this month (here's our report), the UN's Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order, Alfred de Zayas, has now reasserted this week that the establishment […]

There are many remarkable sound bites on the need and the importance of a UN Parliamentary Assembly, a world parliament, and global democracy. We've collected around one hundred of them so far in this document. Recently, we've started to post them one by one as […]

This Monday, the 18th UN Climate Change Conference started in Doha, Qatar. On this occasion, I've interviewed Frank Biermann, one of the world's leading experts on global environmental governance. Frank is a professor of political science and of environmental policy sciences at the VU University […]

In mid-November I attended the presentation on a UN Parliamentary Assembly at the Swedish forum for Human Rights in Göteborg. There, I was lucky enough to get five minutes to chat to Petter Ölmunger, the national co-ordinator of the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly in Sweden. We […]

At international meetings, top government representatives such as heads of state or foreign ministers often address the need of making the United Nations "more democratic" and "more representative." In recent times, for example, this was the case at the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in […]

In this second interview for the UNPA campaign’s blog I talk to Andreas Gross, a Member of Parliament from Switzerland and Chair of the Socialist Group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, who recently participated in the "World Forum for Democracy" in […]