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UAE calls for world body for democratic accountability

posted on 21/07/2010: 675 views

Geneva - The UAE called yesterday for establishing an international independent body representing peoples of the world to act as a parliamentary arm for the United Nations (UN) and hold any country - whatever be big or small - accountable democratically if it flouts its international responsibilities as per principles of international law and legitimacy.

The UAE proposal was floated by Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC) Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair in an address yesterday before the 3rd World Conference of Speakers of Parliament - a global summit focusing on democracy, the role of legislative institutions and their relationship with the United Nations.

Being held by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) from 19-21 July 2010 at the UN Office (Palais des Nations) here, the broad theme for the 2010 Conference is Parliaments in a world of crisis: securing global democratic accountability for the common good.

'I believe the new international accountability organisation should represent all peoples of the world and serve as a voice for principles of international justice. It's necessary for the UN to mull deeply creating such a parliamentary arm,' Al Ghurair said.

'I don't mean the new institution will replace the IPU, which should maintain its independence and role as a pool for MPs of the world and a voice for peoples, 'he explained.

To advance the democratic accountability through parliamentary diplomacy, the UAE top MP stressed the importance of the fact that no international any party irrespective of its weight or value in the world scene should think that it is above the rule of law.

'We are against duplicity of principles of international legitimacy which prompts peoples lose trust in international organisations resolutions, he affirmed.

The Speaker of the UAE Federal National Council drove home how the Arab nation and its developing peoples are suffering from Israel's arrogance, its disregard to principles of international law, disrespect for UN resolutions, its insistence on policies of illegal occupation of lands of other peoples, and violation of the Geneva conventions on nuclear armament without punishments.

'There are many international events where conflicts are flaring up due to the absence of international transparency and clarity, he noted.

The role of parliaments in democratic accountability towards serving the public good remains closely associated with ability to realise the Millennium Development Goals. No doubt, spread of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and violence, as well as lack of sound educational standards, and deterioration of environment and security undermine efforts for introducing criteria for democratic accountability, he stressed.

'Rife of these international plagues leads to deepening corruption, non-governance and spread of conflicts between countries,' he warned.

Apart from the General Debate: Parliaments in a world of crisis: securing global democratic accountability for the common good, the agenda of the conference features a number of reports on how parliaments organize their work with the United Nations, progress since the 2005 Speakers Conference, meeting the Millennium Development Goals, building global standards for democratic parliaments, and strengthening the IPU and its relationship with the United Nations and strengthening trust between parliament and the people.

A report on the Sixth Meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament will also be discussed. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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