We promote
global democracy.

The right to democracy transcends national boundaries.

We strive for a democratic world order in which citizens participate beyond national boundaries.

A Holistic Approach

Democracy Without Borders supports a holistic approach to democracy promotion that spans from the local to the global levels and at the same time embraces the dimensions of representation, participation, deliberation and co-decision.

A Transnational Focus

In our planetary age it’s no longer the nation-states where key decisions are being taken. While advocating ongoing national democratization, we focus on promoting democracy in transnational regional and global institutions.

An international network

Democracy Without Borders is working with international partners and has associations in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. We hope to expand further to promote our cause more effectively across all world regions.

We advocate a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly to strengthen the voice of the world’s citizens.

We, the Peoples

The UN believes that democracy belongs to its universal and indivisible core values and principles. The UN Charter begins on the promising opening words: “We the peoples.” However, one will seek in vain for a means by which ordinary people can play a role in the world organization. It is high time that the UN allows citizen-elected representatives to participate in its deliberations.

An Incremental Approach

Initially, states could choose whether their UNPA members would come from national (or regional) parliaments or whether they would be directly elected. Starting as a largely consultative body, the rights and powers of the UNPA could be expanded over time as its democratic character increases. In the long run, the assembly could develop into a real world parliament.

An International Campaign

Democracy Without Borders coordinates the international Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly that was launched in 2007. The campaign is supported by various civil society organizations as well as by individuals from 150 countries, among them nearly 1,500 current and former members of parliament and numerous distinguished personalities from all walks of life.

A World Parliament

Governance and Democracy in the 21st Century

The new book on global democracy by Jo Leinen and Andreas Bummel.

Published 11 April 2018.

United Humans: Internet voting for a world parliament and a new world organization 1073 475 DWB

United Humans: Internet voting for a world parliament and a new world organization

A new discussion paper was released today by Democracy Without Borders titled United Humans: Internet voting for a world parliament, a global cyberspace (‘World Parliament Experiment’) and a new world organization of the third generation. It was authored by Rasmus Tenbergen, a board member of the organization in Germany. DISCUSSION PAPER United HumansDr. Rasmus TenbergenJune…

The role of parliaments in implementing the 2030 Agenda 1000 370 Uwe Holtz

The role of parliaments in implementing the 2030 Agenda

With 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 2030 Agenda offers a comprehensive plan to combat some of the biggest global challenges such as poverty, hunger, inequality, unrest, unsafe migration, climate change, and weak institutions. The agenda clarifies that the transformation of our world necessitates a strengthening of parliaments, human rights, democracy, political participation, participatory decision-making…

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Three proposals for improved global governance awarded in Stockholm

At a conference in Stockholm the winners of the The New Shape Prize competition were announced at an award ceremony on Tuesday. Arranged by the Global Challenges Foundation, the conference gathered over 200 participants from all over the world that convened for two days. From a total of 2,700 entries and around 60 semi-finalist submissions…

The Global Week of Action for a World Parliament 2018 begins in

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Didier Coeurnelle, Belgium