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.

Yellow vests protest in March 2019
Survey explores causes for dissatisfaction with democracy 1000 523 Charles Marsh

Survey explores causes for dissatisfaction with democracy

A new report by the Pew Research Centre published last month found that a population’s satisfaction with democracy is tied to subjective assessments of economic wellbeing, respect of individual rights, and of separation of the “elites” from the rest of the population. The report, which gathered data from interviews in 28 nations, provides evidence for…

Join the Week of Action for a World Parliament from 19-27 October 2019 1000 518 Petter Ölmunger

Join the Week of Action for a World Parliament from 19-27 October 2019

Join our Global Week of Action from October 19-27 2019 and support the call for the establishment of a World Parliament that will give representation and political power to all world citizens. The threat of climate change is global and demands global decisions that pave the way for effective global action. But the conditions for…

Walls, fences, and a borderless world: Recent arguments 1000 517 Amy Oloo

Walls, fences, and a borderless world: Recent arguments

With millions of people across the world fleeing violence, oppression, economic desparation or because of environmental reasons, migration remains a key issue on the political agenda. Two years ago we reported on our blog that a powerful case was made that the global benefits of open borders and free movement of people may strongly outweigh…

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