Bhubaneswar, March 9 (LocalWire): An international group of parliamentarians has called for the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) to boost representation of the world’s citizens in global affairs and the United Nations’ decision-making.
Currently, the group comprises of 33 parliamentarians from 20 countries, including Odisha’s Achyuta Samanta from India.
In a petition to the UN secretary general, heads of states and representatives of UN member states, it urged them to initiate steps to hold a UN reform summit in 2020 for creation of UNPA.
They warned UN that the multilateral order and democracy are under attack, and “businesses as usual and lofty rhetoric”, are not enough to counter the threat.
“Despite warnings and recommendations, not much has been done to prepare the UN for this challenge. The time for complacency is over,” the group said in a press statement.
The campaign for a UNPA was first launched some 11 years ago.