Democracy Without Borders

International Team

Andreas Bummel

Germany/South Africa
Executive Director

Andreas Bummel is founder and executive director of Democracy Without Borders. He is known worldwide as an expert and advocate for a world parliament. The campaign he has been leading for a Parliamentary Assembly at the UN has been supported by more than 1,500 parliamentarians from over 100 countries. Since 2021, he has been one of the co-convenors of the new “We The Peoples” campaign, which advocates for more democracy at the UN. Over 200 groups from around the world have joined it, including leading environmental and civil rights NGOs. From 1998 to 2018, he served on the Council of the World Federalist Movement, which played a central role in supporting the creation of the International Criminal Court. In 2018, his book A World Parliament: Governance and Democracy in the 21st Century (with Jo Leinen) was published. Since 2023 he is among those promoting a UN Special Rapporteur on Democracy. He has spoken at Yale University, the London School of Economics, the Athens Democracy Forum, and before the Pan-African Parliament, among other venues. In recognition of his work, the Society for Threatened Peoples made him a honorary member. He was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1976.

Time for global democracy promotion to be ramped up
Democracy is under pressure across the world. According to the latest annual report by Freedom House, a United States-based non-partisan think-tank, the balance is shifting further “in favour of tyranny”….
Andreas Bummel | 11.03.2021
A World Parliamentary Assembly as a catalyst for global cooperation
More than half a century ago UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld said that “the United Nations was not created to bring us to heaven, but in order to save us from…
Augusto Lopez-Claros and Andreas Bummel | 06.01.2021
Survey: Majority agrees that binding global decision-making is needed
According to the Stockholm-based Global Challenges Foundation, an international average of 67 percent of people polled in a new ten-country global survey agrees that “a new global supranational organisation should…
Andreas Bummel | 30.11.2020
It is time for a democratic global revolution
The people of the world need to seize the moment and bring about a democratic global revolution. It is time for a global parliament and real representation. The world in…
Daniel Jositsch and Andreas Bummel | 28.08.2020