Citizens for Global Solutions consider United Nations reform at annual meeting in St. Louis

Secretariat, 14. November 2017

Conference looks at 75th anniversary of the UN in 2020 as opportunity for UN reform

Group photo of the participants

This year's annual meeting of Citizens for Global Solutions, in short CGS, was held under the theme of "citizen action for an effective and inclusive United Nations." With a view of the upcoming 75th anniversary of the UN in 2020, the event's main speaker, Dr. Richard Ponzio, presented ways in which CGS chapters and individual members may help bring about a meaningful UN 2020 Summit that would lead to a number of innovative reforms toward making the world body more participatory, effective, and accountable.

The Director of the Stimson Center's Just Security 2020 Program underscored in particular how civil society can help shape the agenda of the gathering of world leaders in September 2020 in New York, including by advocating for a United Nations Parliamentary Network created under Article 22 of the UN Charter which allows the General Assembly to establish new consultative bodies. According to Dr. Ponzio, a UN Parliamentary Network should be understood as "an important step towards the creation of a more authoritative and representative United Nations Parliamentary Assembly."

Ahead of the annual meeting CGS members came together to discuss topics related to its World Federalist Institute that "aims to advance education about federal world government and steps towards it." One of the sessions included a video conference with Andreas Bummel, director of the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly, who reported on the current state of play in the international campaign.

During the conference, participants supported the Global Week of Action for a World Parliament that was held for the fifth time this year from October 20-30.

CGS is a grassroots membership organization in the United States that was established in 1947. According to its website, it promotes "a peaceful, free, just and sustainable world community" and "democratic international institutions that respect the rights of people and nations".

The annual meeting in St. Louis was held from October 20-22.

Top image: Skyline of St. Louis by Capt. Timothy Reinhart, USAF, public domain