Inaugurated at an event in Paris on March 31, the Boutros-Ghali Observatory is a new initiative promoted by the French, Canadian and Belgian governments which seeks to improve peacekeeping operations in Francophone countries. As many as 7 out of 16 United Nations peace operations are […]
On the occasion of the UN's 70th anniversary last year, a public event was held at the Political Sciences Institute in Lyon, France, on 11 May 2016 to discuss perspectives for making the world organization more effective and more democratic. Around 70 participants attended the event […]
On Tuesday last week, 31 January, the Manifesto for Global Democracy was presented in Paris at an event held at the university Sciences-Po which was attended by around 150 people including students of political sciences and international relations and several civil society activists. The speakers […]
As multilateralism and international solidarity are more than ever under threat, it is time to give a new democratic breath to global institutions. The United Nations organization must open up to representatives directly elected by the people in order to get the legitimacy necessary to act in the name of humanity's general interest. We need to move forward quickly with essential reforms in support of environmental protection, the fight against poverty or international trade regulation. The best way to ensure this is to create a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly. It would be complementary to the General Assembly which brings together the governments representing the interests of the states. As a progressive, I support this goal of democratic and not only economic globalization, and therefore I give my full support to the international campaign for the creation of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.
Marietta Karamanli, Member of the French National Assembly, August 2018
The only way out of international dictatorship is to place international law above governments, which means that there must be a parliament for making it, and that parliament must be constituted by means of worldwide elections in which all nations will take part.
Albert Camus, French author, philosopher, and Nobel Laureate, 1946