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About Us - Overview

About Us - Overview
PGA’s vision is to contribute to the creation of a Rules-Based International Order for a more equitable, safe and democratic world.

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.

Mission Statement

Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA), a non-profit, non-partisan international network of committed legislators, informs and mobilizes parliamentarians in all regions of the world to advocate for human rights and the rule of law, democracy, human security, non-discrimination, and gender equality..

History

PGA was established in 1978 in Washington, D.C. by a group of concerned parliamentarians from around the world to take collective, coordinated and cohesive actions on global problems, which could not be successfully addressed by any one government or parliament acting alone. Founded during the Cold War era, an early focus and priority of the organization was mobilization of Parliamentarians worldwide in support of nuclear disarmament., Today, and reflecting the more complex and interconnected world in which it now lives, PGA and its members worldwide devotes their time and energies  to promoting human rights, international justice and accountability, advocating for conflict prevention mechanisms and security sector reform as well as promoting  gender, equality and non-discrimination.

How We Work

The network of legislators’ programme of work is elaborated under the political direction of an Executive Committee of 15 elected members. This structure allows PGA to effectively advocate for needed policies at the national, regional, and international levels.

In accordance with the by-laws of the organization, the Executive Committee must – at all times - retain a 40:60 gender ratio for either gender. The Executive Committee is elected by a 40-member International Council which 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, UN Women, UNESCO, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and International IDEA.  PGA's 3 Programmatic Areas – International Law & Human Rights, Peace & Democracy and Gender, Equality and Population also work in close cooperation with NGOs and leading research institutions in these fields.

Membership

PGA Membership is open to individual legislators from elected parliaments. Currently it consists of over 1,100 members in approximately 139 parliaments.

PGA includes among its membership a concentration of high-level politicians, including past and present Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers, and Chairs of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Population, Health, and Defense Committees.

Many of PGA's members have left parliament for higher government posts such as the Presidencies of Albania, Botswana, Iceland, the Philippines, Trinidad & Tobago, Prime Ministership of New Zealand and Pakistan, and Vice Presidency of Dominican Republic. With a membership of only elected parliaments, PGA members bring the authority and mandate of their constituents and an accompanying responsibility to them.

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PGA’s vision is to contribute to the creation of a Rules-Based International Order for a more equitable, safe and democratic world.

Latest Activity

Sub-Regional Working Group on Challenges for the Effectiveness of the Rome Statute system in the AmericasCampaign Launched to Protect the Integrity of the Rome StatuteConsultations on the fight against impunity and the ratification of the Rome Statute by Togo 26-27 June, Lomé, TogoOn 26 and 27 June, PGA conducted a field mission in Lomé, Togo, in the framework of the PGA Campaign for the Universality and Effectiveness of the Rome Statute system (PGA ICC Campaign) to generate political will for the fight against impunity.Kinshasa Workshop on the obstacles to the fight against impunity complementarity projectPGA together with Réseau Parlementaire pour les Droits de l’Homme (Repadhoc) organized a workshop where 60 MPs from DRC discussed the challenges of putting an end to impunity for those allegedly responsible for the commission of international crimes in thRegional Asia Pacific Parliamentary Workshop to Promote Signature and Ratification of the Arms Trade TreatyThe Arms Trade Treaty was adopted on 2 April 2013 to address the devastating consequences of the inadequate regulation of the international arms trade around the world. To date, it has been signed by 118 countries and ratified by 41 countries.PGA Roundtable on Ending Impunity for International Crimes through Multilateral Interstate CooperationOn the occasion of the 23rd session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) that took place from 12-16 of May 2014 at the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria, PGA organized a Round-Table...Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the ICC and the Rule of Law - 8th sessionThe Moroccan Parliament will host from 04-05 December 2014 the 8th Consultative Assembly of Parliamentarians for the International Criminal Court and the Rule of Law (CAP ICC), a global gathering of legislators focused solely on the ICC and...6th International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (IPCI/ICPD)The Sixth International Parliamentarians’ Conference on the Implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (IPCI/ICPD) begins on April 23rd in Stockholm, Sweden to promote dialogue among parliamentarians fFirst Annual High-Level Meeting of the “Group of Friends of the ICC” Proposal for an annual high-level meeting in April of the “Group of Friends of the ICC” to highlight the importance of the ICC in relation to accountability, prevention and justice for victims.Meeting of the Working Group on the Fight against Impunity in Francophone AfricaThe Working Group on the fight against impunity in Francophone African countries met for its 1th session under the gracious auspices of the National Assembly of Côte d’Ivoire in Abidjan on 31 January and 1 February 2014. The aim of the Working group is toPGA Regional Parliamentary Workshop to Promote Ratification and Implementation of the Arms Trade TreatyPGA, junto al Parlamento de Argentina, auspiciará un Taller Parlamentario Regional para la Promoción de la Ratificación e Implementación del Tratado de Comercio de Armas el que tenrá lugar en Buenos Aires en abril de 2014.
 
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