World Federalist Movement Co-Chair Fernando IGLESIAS meets Mr. Seishiro ETO and Mr. Masaharu NAKAGAWA, Chairman and Secretary-General of the Japan Parliamentary Committee for World Federalism. (28/05/2019)

 Argentine legislator Fernando Iglesias, co-chair of the World Federation Movement International Office (WFM), proposed the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly as a concrete action to make the United Nations a more democratic organization. President Seishiro Eto, indicated that to achieve world peace the Diet of Japan created the Parliamentary Committee for World Federation on as early as December 20, 1949. Chairman of the House of Representatives Komakichi Matsuoka was appointed as Chairman and Member of the House of Councilors Kotaro Tanaka as Vice-Chairman by a group of 104 bipartisan members of the Diet. He explained that about 100 members of bipartisan members have joined the Parliamentary Committee which aims at realizing the World Federation by building democratic governance.

 Mr. Masaharu Nakagawa, a member of the House of Representatives, echoed the importance of democratic governance in the world and pointed out the need to seek find measures for establishing the UN Parliamentary Assembly.

 The Chairperson of the Japan Commission on Global Governance, Mr. Sukehiro Hasegawa, suggested that UN Charter Article 109 could be activated to start the process of revising the UN Charter and restructure the United Nations structure. He advocated not only the creation of the UN Parliamentary Assembly but also the incorporation of G20 into the United Nations system. It would not only give legitimacy to G20, but it would empower the United Nations to carry out better global governance if the UN reflects the current political power structure.

 In addition, Mr. Tadashi Inuzuka, former member of the House of Councilors and Director of the World Federation Movement Association, noted that the headquarters of the World Federation is located in NY and The Hague, but that Japan was the only country that has passed a parliamentary resolution in support of the World Federation. And this time, the Co-Chairman, Mr. Iglesias, recognized that Japan had already done this much.

 Hiroyuki Moriyama, a member of the World Federation Japan Committee, said that it would be worthwhile to hold the G20 in his local Osaka. Under the guidance of former Prime Minister Haneda Maki, he became a member of the House of Representatives, but he explained that he was originally a volunteer from an international volunteer organization and a journalist, was very interested in World Federation activities, and opened a World Federation convention in Osaka.

 From the government, Ambassador Kansuke Nagaoka of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who oversees the World Federation Movement, said that he would like to assess what the government can do based on the opinions of participants including Co-Chairman Iglesias.

(Reported by M. Tanimoto, Deputy Secretary-General, the Parliamentary Committee for Federalist Movement)

From right to left: Ambassador Kansuke NAGAOKA, Deputy Director-General and Deputy Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Hiroyuki MORIYAMA, member of the House of Representative, Mr. Seishiro ETO, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for World Federation, World Federalist Movement Co-Chair Fernando IGLESIAS, Cesar CAMPOY, Minister of the Embassy of Argentine, Mr. Masaharu NAKAGAWA, member of the House of Representative and Secretary-General of the Parliamentary Committee for World Federation, Sukehiro HASEGAWA, Former Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Mr. Tadashi INUZUKA, Executive Director of the World Federalism Movement of Japan and former Member of the House of Councilors of the Diet of Japan.