A UN expert advocates for World Parliamentary AssemblyListen /
The idea of a world body of elected parliamentarians who can express the views of ordinary people is gathering momentum, according to a United Nations independent expert.
Alfred de Zayas, the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, spoke to journalists after presenting his report to the General Assembly on Monday.
He said the idea is to use the European Parliament as a model for what could be a consultative body alongside the UN General Assembly.
"The idea is that they will not have legislative powers but there is a way taking the temperature of world public opinion if you have directly elected parliamentarians in a world parliamentary assembly. They may not have the power to legislate but at least have the power to say what people are thinking and you don't always have it in the General Assembly. In the General Assembly you have governments. You have ambassadors who represent their governments but how many of those governments are truly representative of their people?"
Mr. de Zayas says from that aspect, it's a good idea to create this special body which could initially exist outside the United Nations and then later be linked to the Organization by a treaty.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.