PGA, a non-profit, non-partisan international network of 1,100 legislators in 139 elected parliaments around the globe, aims to promote peace, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, gender equality and population issues.
Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA), a non-profit, non-partisan international network of approximately 1,100 legislators in 139 elected parliaments around the globe, aims to promote peace, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, gender equality and population issues by informing, convening, and mobilizing parliamentarians to realize these goals.
PGA was established in 1978-1979 in Washington, DC, U.S.A. by concerned parliamentarians from around the world to take joint action on global problems, which could not be solved by any one government or parliament. While its initial driving force was on the critical need for nuclear disarmament, PGA today works on an expanded list of global issues such as fostering democracy, conflict prevention and management, international law and human rights, gender, equality and population.
The network of legislators’ programme of work is under the political direction of an Executive Committee of 15 members. This structure allows PGA to effectively push policies at the national, regional, and international levels.
By regulation the Executive Committee must retain a 40:60 gender ratio for either gender. The Executive Board elected by 40-member International Council represents all the regions of the world. PGA also works closely with the UN system through the advisory body of the UN Committee for PGA - comprising senior UN ambassadors, high-level UN officials, and some leading NGO representatives.
PGA also has had an extremely effective track record with intergovernmental agencies such as the UNFPA, UNDP, UNODA, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNESCO, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and International IDEA. PGA's programs on peace and democracy, sustainable development and population, and international law work in close cooperation with NGOs and leading research institutions in these fields.
PGA Membership is open to individual legislators from elected parliaments. Currently it consists of over 1,100 members in approximately 139 parliaments.
PGA includes in its membership a concentration of high-level politicians, including Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers, and Chairs of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Population, Health, and Defense Committees.
Many of PGA's members leave parliament for higher government posts such as the Presidencies of Iceland, Botswana, Trinidad & Tobago, the Philippines, Prime Ministership of New Zealand and Pakistan, and Vice Presidency of Dominican Republic. With a membership of only elected parliaments, PGA members bring authority and mandate of their constituents and a responsibility to them as well.