Program Areas

Program Areas

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Global Citizenship

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 The principle of basing all government on the consent of the governed is undenied and undeniable. Is democracy a failure? Train up citizens that will make it succeed. — W.E.B. DuBois

We advocate equal global citizenship

All human beings, irrespective of place of birth or any other differences, need to enjoy equal rights as global citizens of a democratic global community.

We support a planetary world view that allows individuals to understand their close connection to the planet and all of humanity and to develop a sense of global identity and solidarity. 

We support global citizenship education as an essential part of education worldwide. 

We are playing a leading role in the campaign for a UN World Citizens’ Initiative. This new tool will enable all world citizens to put forward proposals on important global issues.

We endorse the use of deliberative global citizens’ assemblies to seek citizens’ input for the agenda-setting and policy-making of the UN and other intergovernmental bodies.

A World Citizens' Initiative

DWB together with CIVICUS and Democracy International is running the Campaign for a UN World Citizens’ Initiative.

Global citizens' assemblies

DWB in principle endorses the use of global citizens’ assemblies for deliberation of global issues as outlined in its policy on the subject.

Global voting platform

DWB supports the World Parliament Experiment in developing a scalable online platform that allows for debates, voting, and elections.

Partners

DWB and its chapters are seeking donors and partners to develop projects in the field of global citizenship education and citizens’ empowerment at all levels.

News and developments in this program area

Proposals for a more democratic UN broached at Gwangju Democracy Forum
Civil society statement and UN75 On May 20th, Democracy Without Borders hosted a fruitful online session at this year’s Gwangju Democracy Forum in collaboration with Democracy International, CIVICUS, Together First
Amy Oloo | 27.05.2021
Over 100 civil society groups issue statement for a more democratic UN
On the occasion of the International Day for Multilateralism on 24 April, a group of 100 civil society organisations has issued a joint statement calling for a more democratic UN.
DWB | 23.04.2021
Panel explores a global referendum: a voice for humanity?
On February 16th the World Academy of Art & Science (WAAS) hosted an online session on the question of a global referendum as part of their conference A Planetary Moment
Michael Weidinger | 17.02.2021
Three proposals to create a UN that listens
The UN was conceived as a ground-breaking experiment in global cooperation and people-centred multilateralism. Born out of the ashes of the Second World War, its Charter outlines four lofty aspirations in the
Lysa John and Mandeep Tiwana | 20.01.2021