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 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..
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.
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.
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 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 the authority and mandate of their constituents and an accompanying responsibility to them.