What is a Model Global Parliament? The participants act out or simulate a democratically constituted global forum in a parliamentary setting, debating motions on how to deal with global issues and problems. The members are assigned to represent both geopolitical regions, and existing globally significant non-governmental networks to work together in identifying global problems and seeking practical and attainable solutions to them.
We see it essentially as an educational platform for students to learn to think and talk together about global issues, using parliamentary procedures. It is an imaginative creation, quite separate from the United Nations or any other international organization. It is intended to enable students to explore new ways of addressing the evident gaps in democratic global governance arrangements and to present, contest and enact ideas about how to shape the future for the benefit of a better world for all living things.
Patron: Peter Mousaferiadis
Founding Director: Pera Wells
A very successful series of model global parliaments was organized around Australia, on the initiative of Pera Wells. The aims are:
To publicize the idea of democratic global governance
To give students practical experience in standing up and debating some of the vital issues concerning our global village
This educational program is the principal focus of our sister organization, the Institute for Global Peace and Sustainable Governance. More information can be found at their website.
MGP in session, Parliament House Melbourne 2013
Previous Model Global Parliaments:
1st Model Global Parliament, Melbourne 2012
2nd Model Global Parliament, Melbourne 2013
3rd Model Global Parliament, Canberra 2013
4th Model Global Parliament, Sydney 2013
7th Model Global Parliament, Sydney 2014
8th Model Global Parliament, Sydney 2015
9th Model Global Parliament, Sydney 2016
10th Model Global Parliament, Sydney 2017
11th Model Global Parliament, Sydney 2018