Welcome to the PGA Network
Dear Mrs. Nelson,
Welcome and thank you for joining Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA), the oldest, largest and most dynamic cross-party, non-governmental network of legislators with over 1300 members in 140 parliaments around the world. Our members are the most active change makers in their parliament, committed to advocating for human rights and the rule of law, democracy, human security, inclusion and gender equality. It is the very active engagement of PGA members that enables PGA to be effective in its Campaigns and “to contribute to the creation of a rules-based international order for a more equitable, safe and democratic world
” (PGA’s vision).
PGA is an independent
NGO in general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations with headquarters in New York. Its office in The Hague, Netherlands fosters cooperation with The Hague-based International Organisations, especially the International Criminal Court (ICC). The independence of PGA is guaranteed by a democratic governance
structure: All members are invited to the Annual Forum of the Organisation and may be able to form National Groups based on criteria of gender-balance, multi-partisanship and adherence to the Mission Statement. National Groups constitute the PGA International Council, which meets every year during the Annual Forum and elects the Executive Committee of the Organisation (the Board). The Board meets twice per year to supervise the Organisation, including the election of the Secretary General, who is the head of the secretariat.
All strategic decisions of the Organisation are taken by the Board of democratically-elected parliamentarians. Such decisions have included the adoption of the new Strategic Plan for the three-year period of 2019-2021. In developing the Plan, PGA has built on its 40 years of experience and incorporated relevant results, innovations and lessons-learned.
PGA’s work is organized into results-oriented Campaigns:
International Law and Human Rights Programme
Gender, Equality and Inclusion Programme
- Campaign on the Universality and Effectiveness of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) system
- Campaign for the Abolition of the Death Penalty (ADP)
- Campaign on the Protection of the Oceans and Implementation of SDG 14 (to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources)
International Peace and Security Programme
- Campaign to Ending Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)
- Campaign to Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM)
Democratic Renewal and Human Rights:
- Campaign to Address the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) to promote the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)
- Campaign on the Universality and Implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) and Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)
As part of its core programming, PGA’s newest campaign, the Campaign for Democratic Renewal and Human Rights
, will contribute directly to PGA’s vision by 1) promoting norms, regulations and best practices reinforcing and protecting civil and political democratic space; and 2) protecting the human rights of democracy activists, especially parliamentarians in opposition, women in politics, minorities and vulnerable groups.
Now that you are a member of this action-oriented network, we encourage you to reach out to the PGA Secretariat to discuss ideas on how you can become involved in PGA’s Campaigns in your country. Please check PGA’s Calendar of activities and events for this year
. Depending on funding availability, there may be the possibility to represent PGA in parliamentary delegations/missions or to organise a PGA event in your parliament. In addition, we encourage you to contact your Speaker to request that you be included in your country’s official delegation to the PGA Annual Forum
PGA members are requested to pay a voluntary membership fee of US $20 or 20 Euros per year. The amount of the fee is set at a rate that is accessible for all members and its purpose is to demonstrate commitment to the organisation. Because PGA is a non-profit organization, some members choose to send an additional voluntary contribution to support PGA’s work around the world.
Every PGA member has the right to stand for a position on the Executive Committee and every National Group has the right to apply for a seat on the International Council. To be eligible for these leadership positions in PGA, individuals standing for the Board must have paid the annual membership fee, and viable National Group chairs must have collected the annual fee from all National Group members.
If you have any questions about your PGA membership, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Brian Kett, Membership and Communications Officer, at tel. +1 (212) 687-7755 or e-mail at email@example.com
Thank you and we look forward to working with you.
|Ms. Margareta Cederfelt, MP (Sweden), President,
Parliamentarians for Global Action
|Dr. David Donat Cattin,
Parliamentarians for Global Action
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