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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Who should elect the World Bank’s president?

A week ago the World Bank made the surprise announcement that its president Jim Yong Kim quits his position effective February 1 to join the private sector. In a letter to his staff, quoted by The Guardian, Mr. Kim explains his decision as follows:  “The opportunity to join the private sector was unexpected, but I’ve concluded…

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Call for a world parliament during week of action

Around United Nations Day on 24th October 2018, a global week of a action was celebrated for the fifth time with activities across the world in support of the establishment of a democratic world parliament. The week of action’s declaration points out that “in order to create global solutions we need a global political body…

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The Swiss World Federalist Association is now Democracy Without Borders Switzerland

The Association of World Federalists of Switzerland has joined the international organization of Democracy Without Borders (DWB) and renamed itself Democracy Without Borders Switzerland. This was decided at a general assembly in March this year and confirmed at an extraordinary meeting in October. The mission of Democracy Without Borders makes it clear that we will…


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