A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly: A policy review of Democracy Without Borders

A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly: A policy review of Democracy Without Borders

by Maja Brauer, Andreas Bummel


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The creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly as an initial step towards a world parliament is a key goal of Democracy Without Borders. This study examines the proposal and presents official recommendations

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ISBN-13: 9783942282178
Publisher: Democracy Without Borders
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents



Executive Summary

Overview of conclusions and recommendations

1. A voice of humanity

1.1. The failure of global governance

1.2. The proposal of a UN Parliamentary Assembly

1.3. "We the People" - The human right to democracy

1.4. A parliamentary umbrella for international cooperation

1.5. A catalyst for integration and change

2. Pathways to a UNPA

2.1. Amendment of the UN Charter

2.2. A direct election of the General Assembly?

2.3. Transformation of the Inter-Parliamentary Union?

2.4. Transnational self-organization of civil society

2.5. Affiliation as an organ of a specialized organization

2.6. Establishment as a subsidiary body under Art. 22 UN Charter

2.7. A UN Parliamentary Network and parliamentary committees

2.8. Establishment by an intergovernmental treaty

2.9. Conclusions

3. The UNPA as a driver of democracy

3.1. The inclusion of states with non-democratic governments

3.2. The share of democratic systems in the world

3.3. A parliamentary assembly on the basis of democratic standards

3.4. A parliamentary assembly with universal membership

3.5. Dealing with autocratic and nationalist perspectives

3.6. The importance of transnational groups

4. The procedure for the election of delegates

4.1. Selection of delegates by parliaments or popular vote

4.2. Parliamentary selection as a minimum condition

4.3. Moving toward direct elections: a two-speed UNPA

4.4. Key elements of electoral regulations

5. The allocation of seats

5.1. A uniform number of seats per country

5.2. Direct proportionality

5.3. Degressive proportionality

5.4. Models for the allocation of seats

5.5. Conclusions on the models

5.6. Participation of international parliamentary institutions

5.7. The question of weighted voting

6. Functions and financing

6.1. A wide range of possible powers and tasks

6.2. Substantive work on global problems

6.3. An institutionalized network of networks

6.4. The inclusion of world society

6.5. Media presence and digital participation

6.6. Funding requirements

7. Prospects for development

7.1. From a UNPA to a global parliament

7.2. Parliamentarians as catalysts for reforms - the example of the EP

7.3. A call for participation


Tables on the allocation of seats

1. Possible allocation per political groups in selected countries

2. Possible allocation for all UN member states


1. Campaign documents

2. Parliamentary documents

Literature and sources

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