We promote
global democracy.

The right to democracy transcends national boundaries.
Conference in Lecce on 26/27 April 2018

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.

A Decade of Experience

We are the successor organization of the Committee for a Democratic U.N. which was active since 2003. In 2017, we decided to continue our work with a new name, a new approach and an expanded mandate.

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.

Forthcoming in 2018.

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Campaign suggests that General Assembly should vote on Security Council reform

This month the Elect the Council campaign that is coordinated by the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria released a recent summary of their suggestions on how to reform the United Nations Security Council authored by their coordinator Jakkie Cilliers. The proposals in the paper titled “The UN Security Council: From a 20th century relic to…

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The Security Council has failed Syria. It is time to question its authority.

In his final address to the Human Rights Council, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid decried the “pernicious use of the veto” by the permanent members of the UN Security Council – China, Russia and the United States in particular – that blocks any unity of action to reduce the suffering of innocent…

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Human Rights Watch report highlights dissent against rising populism

Human Rights Watch released its annual report in January 2018, providing a summary of the key human rights issues investigated from late 2016 to November 2017 in over 90 countries and territories. As with previous years, the bulk of the document was dedicated to the examination of grave human rights abuses by individual countries and the…

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