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, Kenya, 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.

On the need of a democratic global government 1000 459 Jo Leinen & Andreas Bummel

On the need of a democratic global government

This essay was originally published in the May 2019 edition of Cadmus, the journal of the World Academy of Arts and Science.  Human civilization may not be able to survive if we do not manage to create a global government. This proposition may seem out of place at a time of rising international tensions, nuclear…

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World Citizens’ Initiative promoted at international civil society week

A World Citizens’ Initiative as an instrument of citizen participation at the United Nations was promoted on 11th April 2019 at a plenary session of the International Civil Society Week 2019 (ICSW) in Belgrade that brought together over 850 civil society leaders, activists and concerned citizens from across the world. A voice for global citizens…

International organizations and the promotion of democracy 1000 559 Daniele Archibugi & Marco Cellini

International organizations and the promotion of democracy

In the last years, populism has advanced in many consolidated as well as in young democracies. As highlighted by the latest Freedom House’s report, global freedom is experiencing an unprecedent stagnation. For the 13th consecutive year the countries who suffered a retreat outnumbered those who registered a democratic gain. Democratic partisans have proposed several strategies…

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