Democracy Without Borders


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.

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. Partners in 2023 activities included Global Call to Action Against Poverty, Global Governance Forum or the Bahá’í International Community. DWB is 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 Global Futures Forum and the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court.

News and developments in this program area

International democracy as a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
The Israel-Hamas war is a symptom of a dysfunctional United Nations system and its Security Council, says a University of Michigan researcher, Israeli peace activist and survivor of an earlier…
Shimri Zameret | 11.11.2023
World’s largest school in India hosts conference on UN reform
The 24th International Conference of Chief Justices was held at City Montessori School in Lucknow, India
DWB | 09.11.2023
Better procedures needed for appointing top UN positions, NGOs say
According to a statement signed by over 40 civil society groups, including Amnesty International, CIVICUS and Human Rights Watch, the people “have a right to know who is exercising the…
DWB | 20.10.2023
Groups request improved civil society access and participation at the UN
In a joint letter sent last week, a number of civil society groups request UN chief Antiónio Guterres “to take immediate action” to improve civil society access and participation at…
DWB | 18.10.2023