Governance and Democracy in the 21st Century

by Andreas Bummel & Jo Leinen

A book on the history, relevance and implementation of the idea of a world parliament.

“An important and excellent book. The efforts for a world parliament enjoy my full support.” — Jean Ziegler

Published in 2018.

Andreas Bummel is known for his advocacy of a world parliament.

He is co-founder and director of Democracy Without Borders and the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. He is also one of the founders and coordinators of the Campaign for a UN World Citizens’ Initiative.

His book “A World Parliament: Governance and Democracy in the 21st Century” which was published in 2018 (with Jo Leinen) provides a comprehensive overview.

Andreas Bummel frequently writes and speaks about global democracy.

Andreas was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1976 and moved with his family to a town close to Frankfurt am Main in West Germany at the age of six. As a child he was terrified by the possibility of all-out nuclear war between East and West that seemed all too real. The victory over apartheid in South Africa and the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, left a deep emotional impression on him.

Feeling as a global citizen and horrified by the inability of the United Nations to stop the genocides in Bosnia from 1992 on and in Rwanda in 1994, he became involved with the World Federalist Movement, WFM, an international non-governmental organization that was established in 1947 and which is devoted to strengthening of the global rule of law and democracy. One of WFM’s prime objectives was the creation of the International Criminal Court. From 1995 to 2021 the organization has been running the international NGO coalition working on creating and strengthening the court. Andreas served on WFM’s council from 1998-2018.

In 1997, Andreas became involved with the Society for Threatened Peoples, STP, one of Germany’s largest human rights organizations. STP was one of the first groups that called for international action to stop the genocide and “ethnic cleansing” in Bosnia. The organization advocates the cause of minorities throughout the world. From 1998 until 2008 Andreas served as an advisor on UN issues. In 2009 as well as from 2017-2019 he was a board member.

Together with a group of world federalists Andreas established the Committee for a Democratic United Nations, KDUN, in 2003. According to the Committee’s founding declaration, the members “are united in the vision of a world in which the rule of law, democracy, subsidiarity, federalism, human rights and peace are globally institutionalized and guaranteed.”

In 2007, KDUN together with numerous partners around the world launched the international Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly, CUNPA, that has been supported by over 1,600 members of parliament from over 120 countries. As the Campaign’s coordinator, Andreas among other things organized the international meetings on a UN Parliamentary Assembly that were held in 2007 in Geneva, 2008 in Brussels, 2009 in New York, 2010 in Buenos Aires, and 2013 again in Brussels.

From 2001-2006 Andreas worked as an analyst at the management consultancy firm FutureManagementGroup, FMG. Previously, he was trained in business administration and worked at the global pharmaceutical group Hoechst which today is part of the Sanofi-Aventis group. The department he worked at was responsible for the group’s quality management.

Apart from his work and his other activities, Andreas enrolled in the Law School of the University of Mainz and specialized in international law and corporate law.

In 2001 and 2002 he was a scholar of the Deutsche Studienstiftung which sponsors students of outstanding academic achievements. However, Andreas eventually abandoned university without graduation in order to concentrate on his political work. Since 2006, he is a full-time political activist devoted to the cause of global democracy and world federalism.

In 2012, the World Academy of Art and Science, WAAS, elected Andreas as a fellow in recognition of his work on a world parliament and in 2015 the Society for Threatened Peoples awarded him the association’s honorary membership.

He is a member of the advisory board of the World Government Research Network, WGRN, that was launched in 2015 and aims to advance the academic dialogue on global political integration.

Under the leadership of Andreas KDUN merged into Democracy Without Borders, DWB, in 2017. In addition to advocating a world parliament, the international organization is committed to the promotion of global citizenship and democracy in general. 

Andreas is a co-founder of the Campaign for a UN World Citizens’ Initiative, see here, that DWB launched in collaboration with Democracy International and CIVICUS in 2019. In 2021, this collaboration resulted in the international civil society call for inclusive global governance that was endorsed by leading groups from across the world.

In 2018, Andreas published the book “A World Parliament: Governance and Democracy in the 21st Century” (with Jo Leinen) which describes the history, relevance and possible implementation of a global parliament.

Towards a global constitution

In this piece at GTI-Forum, tweeted here, Andreas argues that blueprints for a global constitution may serve as an inspiration but that a broad process is necessary

NGO access at the UN

Andreas is quoted in this IPS piece on the ongoing restriction of civil society access to the UN

Towards a Planetary Polity

Andreas has contributed a piece to the new book “Expanding Worldviews: Astrobiology, Big History and Cosmic Perspectives”. A pre-print version is available here.

Events on UN’s common agenda

Andreas attended two virtual consultations on the UN’s common agenda organized by Stimson Center and others. Summaries are available here and here.

For a European federation

Andreas is one of the signatories of the appeal for a democratic and sovereign European federation relaunched on Europe Day 2021

Election of the UN Secretary-General

Andreas is quoted in this piece at Deutsche Welle on the Forward campaign that’s pushing a candidacy of Rosalia Arteaga of Ecuador

Three demands for a democratic UN

In this op-ed at IPS, Andreas together with his co-authors comments on the civil society call for inclusive global governance that includes three demands

Podcast on global integration

In this podcast hosted by Augusto Lopez-Claros of the Global Governance Forum, Andreas speaks about global identity and the challenges of global integration

A club of democracies

In this opinion piece at Al Jazeera, Andreas advocates a club of democracies that helps strengthen democracy at home and abroad

Release of Alexey Navalny

Andreas has co-signed a letter to the EU’s leadership urging them to seek for Alexey Navalny’s release and the halt of police violence against Russian people attending peaceful protests

Global Governance Forum

In this jont piece published by the Global Governance Forum, Augusto Lopez-Claros and Andreas Bummel make the case for a World Parliamentary Assembly

New study published

Together with Maja Brauer, Andreas has authored a new 150-pages study on the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly

Athens Democracy Forum

At two panels of the 2020 Athens Democracy Forum Andreas argued for a more democratic UN. One was covered by The New York Times in this piece.

Article at AlJazeera

At AlJazeera.com, Andreas says that there is a struggle between the forces of autocracy and nationalism on the one hand and democracy and global awareness on the other.