Towards a more democratic United Nations

Crawford School of Public Policy

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 05 September 2019


Weston Theatre, #132 Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, The Australian National University




Engagement Team

We all face some increasingly critical global challenges to our future, involving issues such as continued global warming of the planet, and possible nuclear annihilation. To deal effectively with these global challenges, we need a stronger system of democratic global governance, and ultimately a world parliament.

This Symposium will discuss various possible routes towards a more effective and democratic system of global governance, and an eventual world parliament. Speakers from academia, government, and the world federalist movement will take part. The Symposium will feature a presentation and Q & A session with Andreas Bummel, the global coordinator of the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly. This is perhaps the most lively movement for UN reform on the table at present.


Andreas Bummel, global coordinator of the international Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly.

Ramesh Thakur, Emeritus Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy. Former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Bob Brown, former parliamentary leader of the Australian Greens Party.

Richard Ponzio, director of the Just Security 2020 Program at the Stimson Institute

Chris Hamer, founder of the World Citizens Association of Australia.

Pera Wells, former Secretary-General of the World Federation of United Nations Associations

The event is presented by the World Citizens Association of Australia, the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly and the Crawford School of Public Policy.

Morning tea will be provided.

Enquiries: Professor Chris Hamer at; Ms Pera Wells at

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