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Committee on United Nations Affairs

First established as an advisory group, the Committee on United Nations Affairs was formed in 2007 in an effort to connect parliaments with UN activities and goals. This had been preceded by the UN’s recognition of the importance of cooperation with national parliaments in its Millennium Declaration of 2000, followed by the IPU becoming a permanent observer to the UN in 2002.

A unique platform for MPs to engage with senior UN officials, the Committee helps to close the "democracy gap" between citizens’ voices and global decision-making. Its meetings ensure the voice of “we the people” is communicated to UN policy-makers.

The Committee also aims to find ways for parliaments—who play a vital part in implementing global commitments—to work better with the UN globally and nationally. MPs share ideas on mechanisms to monitor whether individual countries are honouring their international pledges.  

The Committee is assisted by an 18-member bureau that monitors and reports on the involvement of parliaments in UN activities in areas concerning sustainable development, peacebuilding, UN budgets and reform, and human rights.

The bureau conducts investigations, including field missions, to assess aid effectiveness and cooperation between parliaments and the UN in peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts.

In 2013, the Committee formally became our fourth permanent committee. It underlined and acknowledged the importance of connecting the work of the world’s governments with that of the world’s legislators. The Committee’s operations are part of our overall work with the UN and on global governance.

The Committee meets at our twice-yearly Assemblies and is open to all our Members

Composition

Mr. J.C. Romero

Argentina
President
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Ms. S. Al-Hashem

Kuwait
Vice-President
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. P. H. Katjavivi

Namibia
African Group
End of mandate: Oct 2020

Ms. A.D. Dagban-Zonvide

Togo
African Group
End of mandate: Oct 2019

Mr. P. Akamba

Uganda
African Group
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Mr. A. Al-Amri

Oman
Arab Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. Mohamed Ben Souf

Tunisia
Arab Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. U. Nyam-Osor

Mongolia
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Vacancy

Asia-Pacific Group

Mr. F.H. Naek

Pakistan
Asia-Pacific Group
End of mandate: Oct 2020

Ms. D. Nazarbayeva

Kazakhstan
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Mr. M. Melkumyan

Armenia
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Oct 2020

Mr. S. Gavrilov

Russian Federation
Eurasia Group
End of mandate: Apr 2021

Ms. M.J. Carrion

Ecuador
Latin America/Caribbean Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020

Vacancy

Latin America/Caribbean Group

Ms. A. Theologou

Cyprus
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Oct 2020

Mr. L. Iemets

Ukraine
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Oct 2020

Mr. L. Wehrli

Switzerland
Twelve Plus Group
End of mandate: Mar 2020
Bolivian woman after voting

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