The East African Legislative Assembly has agreed to the formation of the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly .
A key Resolution on the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly sailed through at the EALA Sitting in Bujumbura Burundi this week . The Resolution was moved by Hon Mike Sebalu.
The resolution urges the EAC to take the initiative to promote the development of a common African position in support of the envisaged Parliamentary Assembly.
According to the Resolution, the formation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly would improve the transparency, accountability and the effectiveness of the United Nations.
The Treaty for the establishment of the East African Community provides that Partner States shall accord special importance to co-operation with the African Union, the United Nations and its agencies and other international organizations.
Members supported the motion with amendments during debate. Hon Makongoro Nyerere, Hon Frederic Ngenzebuhoro, Hon Adam Kimbisa, Hon Dan Kidega, Hon Nusura Tiperu and Hon Abubakar Zein Abubakar rose up in support.
The Members however call for caution and emphasise the need for equity and justice once established, if its mandate as an Assembly is to be fully realized.
The Resolution outlines the growing role and involvement of international organizations such as the United Nations and its specialized agencies in key sectors such as the promotion of peace and security, economic development, health, education, the environment and sustainable development.
Currently, there is no formal parliamentary body that exists at the United Nations that allows for Parliamentarians to take part in its deliberations. According to Hon Sebalu, the insufficient formal involvement of elected representatives limits the democratic legitimacy of the world organization. The legislator thus re-affirms formation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly as a critical tool towards enhancing the transparency, accountability and effectiveness of the UN.
With the approval of the Resolution, EALA now joins a number of regional and continental Parliaments that have pronounced themselves on the matter. The Resolution follows a similar one passed by the Pan African Parliament on October 24, 2007.