Democracy Without Borders

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 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.

Collaborations

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.

Endorsements

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

Global democracy and the UN discussed in New York
Proposals for improving citizen participation and representation at the United Nations took center stage at an event in New York that was part of this year’s Global People’s Assembly, a…
DWB | 11.10.2023
International poll: public supports a world parliament and world law
An international survey on behalf of Friedrich Ebert Foundation found that public sentiment strongly approves of a world parliament in 13 of 15 countries covered.
Andreas Bummel | 05.10.2023
Declaration calls for UN Charter review, study group presents proposals
This week, heads of state and government gather in New York for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. On this occasion, a declaration endorsed by former officials, representatives…
DWB | 20.09.2023
Time for the UN to take action on strengthening civil society involvement
How do you get a seat at the table when you can’t even access the building? This question loomed as activists, faith-based leaders, and NGO representatives gathered at the NY…
Abigail Van Neely | 10.08.2023