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.

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 creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court.

News and developments in this program area

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
Civil society fights global human rights, governance and climate failures
Hypocrisy by powerful countries undermined the rules-based international order in 2023, making it harder to promote human rights and resolve the world’s most devastating wars, global civil society alliance CIVICUS
DWB | 14.03.2024
UN: Costa Rica, UK to push for long-overdue reform of NGO approvals
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations, a little-known but powerful United Nations body, is crippled by politics and failing to carry out its mandate of enabling NGO participation in the work
Maithili Pai and Francisco Pérez | 12.03.2024
Experts urge governance of planetary commons to manage climate change
Earlier this year, an international group of 22 experts from a range of disciplines, including environmental science, governance, and law, emphasized the importance of establishing “planetary commons” in an article
Elena Frie | 04.03.2024