Democracy Without Borders

Democracy Without Borders (Engels voor Democratie zonder grenzen) is een organisatie voor democratie op wereldschaal. Democracy Without Borders vervult een centrale rol in de Campagne voor een parlementaire vergadering bij de VN (UNPA Campaign).

Het hoofdkantoor is gevestigd in Berlijn. DWB is aangesloten bij de World Federalist Movement als “geassociëerde organisatie”.

Democracy Without Borders is sinds begin 2017 de voortzetting van het Comité voor een democratische VN (Committee for a Democratic United Nations, KDUN) dat sinds 2003 actief was.

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Democratic World Federalists

Democratic World Federalists (Democratische wereldfederalisten, DWF) is een vereniging die streeft naar democratisch federaal wereldbestuur. De groep benadrukt dat er verschillende wegen mogelijk zijn naar een wereldfederatie.

De organisatie werd in 2004 gevormd uit de afdeling voor Noord-Californië (WFA-NCa) van de Amerikaanse wereldfederalistische organisatie World Federalist Association (WFA-USA). Sinds 2005 wordt de naam Democratic World Federalists gebruikt. Het kantoor van DWF bevindt zich in San Francisco, maar de groep heeft leden in vijf continenten.

DWF is bij de World Federalist Movement aangesloten als “geassociëerde organisatie”.

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Democratic World Federalists

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Democratic World Federalists
FoundedJanuary 28, 2004
FounderJohn O. Sutter
TypeNon-profit, NGO
Legal statusTax Exempt 501(c)(3)
FieldsAdvocating democratic world federation
Roger Kotila, Ph.D.
Fritz Pointer
Etienne R. Bowie
Roger Kotila, Fritz Pointer, Bob Hanson, Bob Neumann
Formerly called
Northern California World Federalists

Democratic World Federalists, a civil society organization based in San Francisco with supporters worldwide, advocates a democratic federal system of world government in order to end war and crimes against humanity and to promote “a just world community and the preservation of a livable and healthful global environment” through the development of enforceable world law. It is affiliated with the Coalition for Democratic World Government, the Community of World Citizens, and the World Federalist Movement.

Antecedents of a democratic, federal system of world government

Although the organization was incorporated as an independent public-benefit educational organization in California on 28 January 2004, it traces its origins to further back in history.

During the 1930s and 1940s numerous attempts were made locally, nationally, and regionally by activists to prevent the outbreak and spread of war and to mobilize initiatives and forces favoring a World Federation. In 1938—1939 Federal Union was launched in the United Kingdom and the U.S.A.

In April 1942 high-school student Harris Wofford Jr., formed the Student Federalists. It rapidly grew into a national organization with thousands of members from secondary and university students, later including young veterans returning from World War-II. (Several were among the founders of Democratic World Federalists sixty years later.)

In 1945-46 a Hungarian news agency head, Emery Reves, published the seminal The Anatomy of Peace, which declared that sovereignty lay with the citizens, who could delegate powers to governments at all levels, including the global level. This turned on thousands to the idea of a world federation.

In February 1947 a number of world federalist and world government representatives met in Asheville, North Carolina, and formed the United World Federalists.

In 1946-47 representatives of early world federalist groups met first in Luxembourg, then in Montreux, Switzerland, formed the World Movement for World Federal Government, and issued the Montreux Declaration, which declared the need for world federal government if wars were ever to be ended.

Activism by Northern California World Federalists and Democratic World Federalists

In 1949, a team including the President of the United World Federalists of California Alan Cranston and its Executive Director Robert Walker convinced the State Legislature to pass the California Resolution, the first of several post-war state resolutions calling for the United States to participate in a world constitutional convention.

In 1965, during the 20th anniversary of the drafting of the U.N. Charter in San Francisco, the World Congress of the World Association of World Federalists (successor to W.M.W.F.G.) was held in San Francisco.

In 1983 the World Federalist Association was organized from the chapters and members of the old United World Federalists, and the Northern California region became active again with a staffed office first in Oakland, then in San Francisco.

In 1989 and throughout the 1990s activists in Northern California supported Philadelphia-II and its sister organization, One World, a movement for direct democracy leading to a world constitutional convention through the citizens’ initiative.

Since 1992 D.W.F. has published the quarterly Toward Democratic World Federation, which provides articles from leading world federalist scholars, activist citizens and like-minded organizations on World Government and related current topics. (To access T.D.W.F. articles in D.W.F.’s e-archives click here.)

In 1993 when the World Federalist Association was promoting United Nations Reform, its Northern California branch played a major role in organizing a hearing in San Francisco of Congressman Jim Leach’s U.S. Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the United Nations. This took place in the Green Room of the War Memorial Building, where the Charter of the U.N. had been negotiated in 1945.

In 1995 W.F.A.’s Northern California branch hosted the XXIInd World Congress of the World Federalist Movement (successor to WAWF), and organized an all-day forum on “Restructuring the United Nations: Achieving Democratic Global Governance for the 21st Century” with speakers from fourteen countries.

During the 1990s a committee of W.F.M. Councillors from 11 countries on four continents headed by one from Northern California produced a pamphlet of democratic world federalist principles, which D.W.F. published as Federalism and the Right of People to Self-Government.

In 2004-05 activists of the former W.F.A./N.Ca. incorporated as a civil society educational body (coming under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code) and, with citizens from a dozen countries active in its office and/or governance, it took the name Democratic World Federalists, as it attracted supporters of world federation from throughout the United States and on five continents.

In 2005 D.W.F. helped promote the launching of One World Democracy, written by two of its supporters.

Today, over sixty years after its foundation, D.W.F. promotes a democratic world federation and addresses contemporary global problems by e-mail, a quarterly publication, and outreach to media, politicians, educational institutions and libraries, and other civil society organizations.

Principles and objectives

The stated goal of D.W.F. is to end war and maintain peace, guarantee human rights, promote a just world community, and cope with environmental degradation and the squandering of natural resources. The D.W.F. argues this can best be achieved through establishing a democratic federal world government. (For D.W.F.’s purposes and objectives, click here.)

Rather than using force to solve international conflicts, political and judicial structures and procedures would be used. Although democratically elected national governments would still be in charge of domestic affairs at the country level, world courts with enforceable judgments would be able to try perpetrators of international and world-level crimes.

Since its beginning, D.W.F. has been promoting a better understanding of good government at all levels, up to the global level in the form of a democratic world federation.


[1] See Democratic World Federalists website,

[2] Emery Reves, The Anatomy Peace (New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1945–46)

[3] Barbara M. Walker, On the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution (Washington DC: World Federalist Association, 1987/1991)

[4] Ronald J. Glossop, World Federation? A Critical Analysis of Federal World Government (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 1993)

[5] Barbara M. Walker, Uniting the Peoples and Nations; Readings in World Federalism (1993)

[6] Gilbert Jonas, One Shining Moment: A Short History of the American Student World Federalist Movement 1942-1953 (Lincoln, NE:, 2001)

[7] Joseph P. Baratta, The Politics of World Federation (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2004).

[8] Jerry Tetalman and Byron Belitos, One World Democracy; A Progressive Vision for Enforceable Global Law (San Rafael, CA: Origin Press, 2005)


Het Comité voor een democratische Verenigde Naties (in het Engels: Committee for a Democratic United Nations, in het Duits: Komitee für eine demokratische UNO, afgekort: KDUN), sinds 2017 Democracy Without Borders is een in 2003 opgerichte internationale vereniging voor democratie op wereldschaal.

Het belangrijkste project was de Campagne voor een parlementaire vergadering bij de VN (UNPA).

Begin 2017 besloot de groep haar doelstelling te verbreden en de aanpak te veranderen en ging verder als Democracy Without Borders.

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Democracy Without Borders

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Democracy Without Borders
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TypeNongovernmental organization
PurposeAdvocates the "democratization and strengthening of the United Nations and other international organizations"
  • Germany, Kenya, Sweden and Switzerland
Andreas Bummel
AffiliationsCampaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, Campaign for a UN World Citizens' Initiative
Formerly called
Committee for a Democratic UN (Komitee für eine demokratische UNO)

Democracy Without Borders, or DWB is an international nongovernmental organization based in Berlin and founded in 2003[1] that advocates the "democratization and strengthening of the United Nations and other international organizations".[2] The organization supports "global democracy and a holistic approach to democracy promotion that spans from the local to the global levels and at the same time embraces the dimensions of representation, participation, deliberation and co-decision." The organization originates in what is now its German chapter. Prior to March 2017 its name was the Committee for a Democratic UN, or KDUN (for its German name "Komitee für eine demokratische UNO").[3]


DWB's mandate states that the organisation "strives for a democratic world order in which citizens participate beyond national boundaries in shaping policy that serves their joint long-term interests."[4]

Specifically, it advocates the creation of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA), through "democratization and reform of the United Nations and intergovernmental bodies in order to enable them to deal with transnational issues and threats successfully and on a legitimate basis." It seeks to achieve this through a gradual approach, starting first with forming the UNPA as a largely consultative body, before slowly empowering it as public support rises.[5]

DWB also maintains a blog, which publishes a range of articles relating to global governance and the proliferation of democracy.[6]

DWB is co-founder and coordinator of the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly;[7] the latter has since gained support from over 1,500 members of parliament from around the world.[8] In 2019, preparations for a Campaign for a UN World Citizens' Initiative were announced in collaboration with CIVICUS and Democracy International.[9]

DWB is associated member of the World Federalist Movement.[10]

National associations

In addition to the Berlin-based organisation in Germany, a Swedish DWB association was formed in February 2018 which focuses on the promotion of the UNPA in Sweden.[11] In December 2018, the creation of a Swiss DWB association was announced.[12] A Kenyan chapter was established in 2019.[13]

See also


  1. ^ "Democracy Without Borders: About".
  2. ^ "Democracy Without Borders: About".
  3. ^ The Committee for a Democratic U.N. is now Democracy Without Borders
  4. ^ "Democracy Without Borders". Democracy Without Borders. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  5. ^ "Website of Democracy Without Borders". Democracy Without Borders. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  6. ^ "DWB Blog". Democracy Without Borders. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  7. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "About the campaign". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  8. ^ Assembly, Campaign for a UN Parliamentary. "Supporters". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  9. ^ "Campaign for a UN World Citizens' Initiative". Campaign for a UNWCI. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  10. ^ "Our Members Around The World | WFM-IGP". Archived from the original on 2015-07-06. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  11. ^ "Swedish association of Democracy Without Borders established in Stockholm". Democracy Without Borders. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  12. ^ "The Swiss World Federalist Association is now Democracy Without Borders Switzerland". Democracy Without Borders. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  13. ^ DWB. "Democracy Without Borders launched in Kenya with broad support". Democracy Without Borders. Retrieved 2019-03-14.

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De World Federalist Movement (WFM) (wereldfederalistische beweging of wereldverbond van wereldfederalisten) is een internationale koepel van verenigingen, waaronder de WFBN. Het hoofdkantoor bevindt zich in de stad New York.


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TypeCivil Society Movement
PurposeInternational relations, Federalism International Democracy

The World Federalist Movement is a movement that advocates for strengthened and democratic world institutions subjected to the federalist principles of subsidiarity, solidarity and democracy.[1] Famous advocates of world federalism include Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Peter Ustinov, Rosika Schwimmer, Albert Camus, Winston Churchill, Garry Davis, Emery Reves, Wendell Willkie, Jawaharlal Nehru, E. B. White, and Lola Maverick Lloyd. The movement formed in the 1930s and 1940s by citizens groups concerned that the structure of the new United Nations was too similar to the League of Nations which had failed to prevent World War II, both being loosely structured associations of sovereign nation-states, gridlocked by the veto/unanimity principle, dominated by the executive branch and with little direct representation for citizens.

Notably active world federalist organizations, as of 2019, exist in Australia, Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The movement currently counts 30,000 to 50,000 supporters. The World Federalist Congress, in which active members from around the world meet every two years, is tasked with supporting the creation of new organizations where these do not yet exist. The World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy serves as a New York hub and secretariat for many of the world federalist organizations.


In the aftermath of World Wars I and II, activists around the world were forming organizations bent on creating a new international system that could prevent another global war.

The first world federalist organization was founded in 1937 by two famous feminists, pacifists, and female suffragists: Rosika Schwimmer and Lola Maverick Lloyd. In 1938, the Federal Union was organized in the United Kingdom.[2] In the U.S., Federal Union (now: Association to Unite the Democracies) was established in 1939 calling for a federation of the Atlantic democracies. The Swiss Internationale Bewegung der Weltföderalisten-Schweiz was created in Geneva in 1940. During World War II, anti-fascist resistance movements shared clandestinely circulated copies of Altiero Spinelli's plan for European federation and global federation. Spinelli later became one of the founding fathers of the European Union. In 1945, the Committee to Frame a World Constitution convened at the University of Chicago and drafted a Constitution for the World.[3] In 1947, five small world federalist organizations came together in Asheville, North Carolina and agreed to merge as the United World Federalists.

These five groups had, in the previous year, met with representatives of fifteen others in Bern and Hertenstein (Weggis) to discuss creating a worldwide federalist organization. It was one year later, in August 1947, in Montreux, that more than 51 organizations from 24 countries came together at the Conference of the World Movement for World Federal Government (WMFWG). The Conference concluded with the Montreux Declaration.[4]

By its second congress in 1948 in Luxembourg, the Movement consisted of 150,000 members of 19 nationalities and 50 member and affiliated organizations. The 350 participants in the Congress laid the groundwork for an association of parliamentarians for world government, which came into being in 1951.

Federalists had hoped that the anticipated UN review conference (under Article 109 of the UN Charter) in 1955 would move the UN further in the direction of a world federal system. Unfortunately, the lack of political will dissipated any interest in such a conference. Around 1965 however, the Movement had established offices near the United Nations, with American federalist Marion McVitty as the Movement's UN observer and advocate.

Some federalists in this period focused on amendments to the United Nations Charter as a way forward. Most involved reforms to institutions such as a more representative Security Council, a World Court with compulsory jurisdiction and judicial review authority and a democratically elected General Assembly (or a world parliament). Federalists proposed a number of new institutions such as a commission on sustainable development, an international development authority, a standing peacekeeping corps and an international criminal court.

Serving many of the existing world federalist organizations, an International Secretariat and a research oriented Institute for Global Policy, the World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy was established in the 1990s in New York City, across from the headquarters of the United Nations. It hosts the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect and serves as an steering committee member in the 1 For 7 Billion coalition. It has had Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1970 and is affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and a current board member of the Conference of NGOs (CONGO). The Institute for Global Policy (IGP), founded in 1983 as its research arm is a research and policy institute dedicated to the promotion of human security, international justice, the prevention of armed conflict and the protection of civilians. The Institute emphasizes the democratization of international and regional organizations and the development and global application of international law. Most recently, WFM-IGP has been at the forefront of advocating for NGO access to international conferences and meetings.

Member organizations

World Federalist Movement is composed of autonomous national and regional organizations organized by individual supporters in their respective countries. In applying to the governing Council for membership, organizations are asked to endorse the "Statutes of the World Federalist Movement" and to demonstrate a "capacity to contribute to the enhancement of public and political support" for the Movement's goals.

World Federalist Organizations exist around the world, including Citizens for Global Solutions, Union of European Federalists, World Federalist Movement-Canada, , and the World Federalist Movement of Japan. Others include the Young World Federalists, the Democratic World Federalists, One World Trust, Democracy Without Borders, and the Ugandan World Federalists.[5] The WFM umbrella organization also includes the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect.


Historically, members have included:

In 2017, the WFM-IPC's executive committee included:[6]

  • Keith Best (Chair)
  • Bente Nielsen (Treasurer)
  • Fernando Iglesias (Council Chair)
  • Kjartan Almenning (Chair of CNSC)
  • Fergus Watt (Chair of PRC)
  • Karen Hamilton (WFM Secretary)
  • Joan Marc Simon (Member)
  • Becky Luff (Member)
  • W. James Arputharaj (Member)
  • William R. Pace (WFM Executive Director)

See also


  1. ^ "History & Members".
  2. ^ "History of Federal Union". Federal Union. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Guide to the Committee to Frame a World Constitution Records 1945-1951". The University of Chicago. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  4. ^ Montreux Declaration
  5. ^ "Our Members Around The World". World Federalist Movement. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  6. ^ "WFM-IGP Executive Committee". WFM-IPC. Retrieved 18 November 2017.

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