unpa campaignCampaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly
The 1st Part
of the book explores the philosophical foundations of cosmopolitanism and a world parliament since ancient times and traces the history of the idea and of the attempts to bring it about from the French Revolution to the present day. For the first time, there is a detailed account of the efforts for the creation of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.
The 2nd Part
sets the issue in the context of today’s global challenges such as climate change and planetary boundaries, the management of public goods, the stability of the financial system, combating tax evasion, terrorism and organized crime, disarmament, and protecting human rights. The construction of global democracy also plays a decisive role in combating hunger, poverty and inequality and in global water policy. There is an overarching narrative that describes the dysfunctions and failings of today’s international order.
The 3rd Part
discusses a possible path and scenarios towards the realization of a world parliament and the transition to a democratic world order. The book takes a pragmatic approach and suggests that the establishment of a consultative United Nations Parliamentary Assembly represents a first step that is long overdue.