Program Areas

Program Areas


Global Governance


 We need to promote the democratization of globalization, before globalization destroys the foundations of national and international democracy. The establishment of a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations has become an indispensable step to achieve democratic control of globalization. — former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros Ghali

We advocate global institutions that are democratic and effective

We consider parliamentary representation of the world’s population at the global scale an essential part of democracy.

As a first step towards a world parliament, a consultative UN Parliamentary Assembly should be created. We coordinate the campaign that is working on this goal.

Democracy Without Borders supports efforts towards strengthening trust between governments and improving global collaboration on global challenges such as climate change.

We want the United Nations to be an inclusive, democratic, representative and effective organization that provides adequate ways of participation to civil society and other major stakeholders.

We support changes that enable the UN to fulfill its mandate in the best interest of humanity. We endorse a process of stocktaking, reform and transformation that eventually leads to a review of the UN’s charter and a world organization fit for the 21st century and beyond.

"We The Peoples" campaign

DWB together with CIVICUS and Democracy International is convenor of the “We The Peoples” campaign for inclusive global governance, a common platform to promote a UN Parliamentary Assembly, a UN World Citizens’ Initiative and a High-Level UN Civil Society Envoy.

Campaign for a UNPA

DWB is running the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly and supports the Week of Action for a World Parliament.


DWB is collaborating with groups across the world in this program area. We are a member of the Coalition for the UN We Need and co-sponsoring organization of MEGA: Mobilizing an Earth Governance Alliance.


DWB endorses various campaigns and initiatives. Among them the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court and the UNMute initiative for expanding civic space at the United Nations.

News and developments in this program area

Sustainable Development Report calls for a UN Parliament, goals off track
This week, on June 17, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) published their annual Sustainable Development Report which evaluates and ranks the performance of UN Member States on the
DWB | 19.06.2024
A plea for transnational groups in international parliaments
On June 9th, Europe will vote. On this day, over 370 million citizens of the European Union’s 27 Member States have the opportunity to directly elect their members of the
Simon Taverna | 07.06.2024
Proposals for inclusive global governance put forward at UN conference
Proposals for inclusive global governance were discussed in two sessions at the UN Civil Society Conference in Nairobi and then presented to the conference plenary. The event, held at UN
DWB | 22.05.2024
MEGA: New campaign aims at strengthening global environmental governance
At a hybrid meeting held in Geneva on March 26, 2024, a new global campaign was launched that aims to strengthen environmental governance. Mobilizing an Earth Governance Alliance (MEGA) will
Nelleke Dekkers | 03.04.2024