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Creating a UN Peoples’ Parliamentary Assembly
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Thursday, 05 May 2005
What has been a dream for many years is taking another step toward becoming a reality. Global Citizens are on their way to having their voices heard within the United Nations. Saturday, June 4th, 2005, the Citizens for a United Nations Peoples’ Assembly host the day-long dialogue “Creating a UN Peoples’ Parliamentary Assembly”, chaired by Dr. Robert Muller, former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. The program will include a High Tea Reception, Panel Discussion and Press Event. It will be held at the Sheraton Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco from 10:00AM-4:30PM as part of the UN-60th Anniversary Celebrations and UN World Environment Day. Canadian Senator Douglas Roche will be the featured speaker. Presenting their expert perspectives on establishing this democratic body within the United Nations system will be panelists Joseph E. Schwartzberg, Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota; Andrew Strauss, Professor of International Law at Widener University School of Law; and Susan Zipp, Advisor to the Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations and Co-Chair of the Global Peoples Assembly. Douglas Mattern, President of the Association of World Citizens, will serve as moderator.

This special event will build upon the proposal from members of Switzerland’s Parliament and their National Council, to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, calling for the Establishment of a Parliamentary Assembly within the UN. Highlighting efforts from parliamentarians and civil society organizations around the world, we will present an Open Letter to be forwarded to Secretary-General Annan requesting that he convene a High Level Panel to explore the possibility of establishing a Peoples’ Parliamentary Assembly within the United Nations.

Many people have worked for decades towards reforming the United Nations and empowering the organization with the voices of the people. Now, the current status of this campaign will be presented to the press and the public. Following the event the results will be forwarded to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Heads of State of the 191 UN member nations.

Co-sponsors presently include: Association of World Citizens, Celebrating Solutions!, Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations, Democratic World Federalists, Earth Charter–Marin, Global Exchange, Global Peoples Assembly, Global Security Institute, Pathways to Peace, Peace Sunday, Praxis Peace Institute, Soka Gakkai-USA, Syntony Quest, Unitarian Universalists 4 Peace, United Peoples Assembly, United Religions Initiative, Unity-and-Diversity World Council, and Unity Foundation, Young General Assembly.

Tickets are $35. (Box Lunch is available for $15 if ordered by May 30.). To purchase tickets or for more information contact Citizens for a United Nations Peoples’ Assembly, 55 New Montgomery St., Suite 224, San Francisco, CA 94105, by phone at (415) 896-2242, by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit our website at empowertheun.org.
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