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.

Global Campaigns

Democracy Without Borders supports global campaigns and programs for a UN Parliamentary Assembly, a UN World Citizens’ Initiative and an Internet Platform for Global Debates, Votes, and Elections.

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.

A Global Campaign

Democracy Without Borders coordinates the global 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.

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Global freedom continues to decline but promise of democracy endures

Freedom House in Washington D.C. recently published its 2019 report on Freedom in the World, finding that in the previous year overall global freedom declined for the 13th consecutive time. While the report states that “overall losses are still shallow compared with the gains of the late 20th century”, the ongoing trend is a concerning one.…

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The case for a UN Parliamentary Assembly and the Inter-Parliamentary Union

A new policy review was released by Democracy Without Borders titled The case for a UN Parliamentary Assembly and the Inter-Parliamentary Union. It was authored by Andreas Bummel, co-founder and executive director of the organization. POLICY REVIEW The case for a UN Parliamentary Assembly and the Inter-Parliamentary UnionAndreas Bummel2019 Download This paper looks into the…

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European Parliament calls on Council to become more transparent

On 17 January 2019 the European Parliament adopted a resolution demanding the Council of the European Union (Council) to become more democratic, transparent and accountable to the European public. The resolution, that was adopted with a big majority (479 for and 18 against), calls attention to the fact that there are “two components of the…


We would like to thank our main sponsors in 2017/18

In addition, we wish to thank our individual donors and supporters, in particular

Didier Coeurnelle, Belgium