Democracy Without Borders


Global Citizenship


 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.

Campaign for a UNWCI

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

Global Voting Platform

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


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

A World Citizens’ Initiative as a tool to strengthen global movements
At an online discussion hosted by Democracy International on the occasion of the 2020 Global Online Forum on Modern Direct Democracy and the United Nations’ 75th anniversary that was commemorated…
DWB | 22.12.2020
European progressive foundations want a more democratic UN
In a joint report published last week, a group of seven European think tanks led by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Italian Istituto Affari Internazionali recommends…
Jessica Seiler | 23.09.2020
More than 200 civil society groups want citizens to be heard at the UN
More than 200 civil society groups from over fifty countries, among them sixty that operate internationally, call on the United Nations and its member governments to establish the instrument of…
DWB | 17.06.2020
Support for a more democratic United Nations gains momentum
Civil society statement on UN75Ahead of the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations’s Charter on 26 June 1945, calls for making the world organization more democratic are…
DWB | 26.05.2020