We promote
global democracy.

The right to democracy transcends national boundaries.

Brussels, 27-28 Nov. 2018: How to Assemble Parliamentary Assemblies

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.

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.

Published 11 April 2018.

Together First: A new campaign for global governance reform 1038 464 DWB

Together First: A new campaign for global governance reform

Democracy Without Borders supports Together First, a global campaign that advocates a reform and transformation of today’s global governance into “a global system that works for all.” A global system that works for all Launched on the occasion of the Paris Peace Forum on 11 November 2018, the new movement of global citizens and non-governmental organizations…

Renewing democracy: proposals and ideas from civil society 1000 596 Mandeep Tiwana

Renewing democracy: proposals and ideas from civil society

Worldwide consultations If we could reimagine the kind of democracy we live in and the way we experience democracy, what would it look and be like? This was the question our global civil society alliance CIVICUS put to thought leaders and activists from nearly 80 countries across the globe, in a year-long Reimagining Democracy initiative.…

From idea to prototype: The New Shape Process for global governance innovation 1000 516 Julien Leyre

From idea to prototype: The New Shape Process for global governance innovation

Democracy Without Borders is one of the organizations that has been participating in the New Shape Process of the Global Challenges Foundation. With kind permission we republish in the following the executive summary by Julien Leyre of their quarterly report of November 2018 that provides an overview: More than seventy years have passed since the…

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