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Democratic accountability should be an antidote for the world crisis, for it promotes the construction of a more liberated society, where the human being is the epicenter of our attention and where all of us are called upon to reverse the crisis of values before the superiority of the economic and financial power.

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The time for paying lip service to the need for global democratic accountability is past.  Parliaments can no longer be mere chambers of debate and time worn speeches without bringing about change. We can not call for this change from the sidelines, but must take up the challenge and become activists for change within our parliaments. We do this not for ourselves, but for the people we serve and to whom we, as their freely elected representatives, owe a world where human dignity and human security are paramount.

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Interview in French

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At the United Nations level, my view is that the relevant statutes need to be amended to give room for the participation of parliaments in decision making. For instance it can be made a requirement that every decision of the UN General Assembly or the UN Security Council is subjected to some form of a parliamentary process before it becomes binding. We can do this by strengthening the existing international parliamentary forums like the Inter-Parliamentary Union to co-determine with the UN General Assembly or Security Council the shape of world policies.

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There is growing empirical evidence to suggest that there is positive correlation between the absence of a parliament, or a non-functioning or vibrant parliament, and failed states.

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I call upon parliaments to enact laws that will allow authorities to have more oversight and regulation of the financial systems, both at national and international levels.   We are told that the G20 represents some 85 per cent of the world economy and two-thirds of the world population. But…the G20 is not accountable and neither does it represent 85 per cent of the poor in the world.

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