Committee for a
Democratic U.N.
Promoting democratic representation in global institutions


The Composition of a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations

by Andreas Bummel, 2010

A global parliamentary assembly has the potential to restructure the geopolitical setup of the United Nations. The composition of the body therefore is of fundamental importance. This analysis explores in detail principles and different models.

If a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly is to become a reality, we need to move beyond general discussions regarding feasibility and desirability. We need to begin the concrete work of conceptualizing how an assembly can be structured. This is exactly what Andreas Bummel does in this analysis. This thoughtful background paper, explaining options for who the members of the assembly might be, and how they might be chosen, is certain to be an invaluable resource for all of us concerned with democratizing the international system.

Andrew Strauss, Distinguished Professor of Law, Widener University School of Law

Given the increasing importance of the United Nations in a range of fields such as the promotion of human rights and democracy standards worldwide and its central role in the climate change agenda, it is now time to consider the establishment of a parliamentary assembly to provide democratic oversight of this global institution.

Edward McMillan-Scott, Vice-President of the European Parliament for Human Rights and Democracy