Status on the Resolution of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) 2007, which recommends that the PAP takes the initiative to achieve the establishment of a consultative United Nations Parliamentary Assembly within the UN
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO: 1835 (NW2069E)
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 20-2011 OF 29 JULY 2011
Mr LW Greyling from the Independent Democrats (ID) to ask the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation:
- Whether she has taken any steps to carry out the resolution that was adopted by the Pan African Parliament (PAP) 2007 recommending that the PAP takes the initiative to achieve the establishment of a consultative United Nations Parliamentary Assembly within the UN; if not, why not; if so, what steps have been taken?
- Whether she intends taking any steps in this regard at the forthcoming meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to raise the issue of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?
1. No, as the Pan-African Parliament resolution under question speaks to supporting the campaign for the establishment of the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, which in essence is a network of parliamentarians and non-governmental organizations advocating citizen's representation at the UN.
South Africa is represented by its Members of Parliament in the Pan-African Parliament who continue to support the campaign through their participation in the PAP Committee on Cooperation, International Relations and Conflict Resolution.
No, the Minister will not be taking up this matter. This matter falls within the purview of the PAP and various legislators, including members of the South African legislature, who have advocated for the implementation of the said resolution within their respective Parliaments.
It is therefore expected that the PAP, the network of parliamentarians and non-governmental organisations will support efforts by the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly Campaign Secretariat to have the matter raised at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly.