“The United Nations Parliamentary Assembly is an effort to overcome the democratic deficit in global governance by bringing citizen representatives and giving them a voice at the UN. We need it because there are a growing number of global problems that are common to people in many parts of the world, and they’re not being adequately resolved by nation states, each acting on their own interests. We need a body that represents the global common interest.
Whereas states bring their own particular national interests to the discussions at the General Assembly, parliamentarians in a Parliamentary Assembly would be charged to think about the global common good. So it’s quite a different perspective and would yield different different types of decisions and conclusions.”