This October 24th, 2021, organizers around the world will be celebrating the 8th annual Week for World Parliament. For information about events in your area or how you can get involved in other ways, please visit worldparliamentnow.org
Now more than ever, we find ourselves plagued by a deluge of global problems that the current international system has proven wholly unfit to address. Look no further than the global pandemic that national governments failed to coordinate an adequate response to, or necessary action on the climate crisis that national governments continue to put off in their own self-interest. The scale of these challenges demands ambitious action. We need a global institution that can implement effective solutions to global threats in ways that the existing multilateral order cannot. We need a democratic body that reflects the will of all people, something that our current intergovernmental organizations fail miserably to do. We need a body that gives everyone a say in addressing the increasingly global challenges we face. What we need is a democratic world parliament.
A world parliament would provide a level of democratic governance above the self-interest of individual nations and in the interest of humanity as a whole for those issues which impact us all. It would provide democratic representation to all people and facilitate global action. A world parliament is a necessity if we hope to ever make progress in addressing existential global challenges.
We, the undersigned individuals and organizations who dream of a better and more equitable world, affirm our commitment to the goal of creating a world parliament in order to address global problems with truly global solutions, strengthen the democratic representation of the world’s citizens, and give voice to those who lack it most in global affairs.
We invite everyone around the world to sign this letter and express their support for the formation of a world parliament. There are many proposed ways to achieve this goal — chief among them, a UN Parliamentary Assembly — that would bring us closer to the goal of democratic global governance, but they all require our support to make it a reality. Only together can we effectively promote global democracy and help solve the world’s greatest challenges.
We call on the UN Secretary-General, the President of the UN General Assembly, and all UN Member States to support the creation of a world parliament and to initiate a World Summit for Inclusive Global Governance to deliberate on and approve the necessary reforms to our current system of global governance. We believe the proposed UN Summit on the Future should be devoted to this, among other things.