Andreas Bummel discusses the historical idea of world government and how existential civilizational threats such as climate change, thermonuclear war, and systemic global financial collapse necessitate the creation of a world parliament. We discuss numerous aspects of the movement, the role of regional unions, a global currency, and criticisms which include the threat of the world state becoming a tyrannical global leviathan. He discusses the change in global consciousness needed and the movement to create a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Finally, he describes how a democratized China could become a leader in global governance.
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About the Guest
Andreas Bummel is known for his advocacy of a world parliament.
He is co-founder and director of Democracy Without Borders and coordinator of the international Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly.
He frequently writes and speaks about global democracy.
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 is a member of the Congress of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy in New York.
UN Parliamentary Assembly Campaign
The Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly is a global network that advocates democratic representation of the world’s citizens at the UN and the institutions of global governance. Supporters of the campaign include current and former parliamentarians and officials, representatives of civil society organizations, researchers, and dedicated citizens.
The campaign’s mandate is based on the international appeal for the establishment of a parliamentary assembly at the UN that was published in 2007 and on subsequent declarations. Five international meetings on a UNPA have taken place so far.
The campaign’s international action and strategy is coordinated by a secretariat that is hosted by Democracy Without Borders. The secretariat works closely with the campaign’s steering committee, the co-chairs of the campaign’s advisory group, and partner organizations such as the World Federalist Movement based in New York and The Hague.
The overall goal of the campaign is to mobilize government support for the establishment of a UNPA. While the campaign approaches governments, it simultaneously seeks to establish parliamentary support.
Democracy Without Borders
Democracy Without Borders 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.
Democracy Without Borders strives for a democratic world order in which citizens participate beyond national boundaries in shaping policy that serves their joint long-term interests. Such an order needs to be based on an equal world citizenship of all citizens as well as on the principles of federalism, subsidiarity, the separation of powers, the rule of law, fundamental human rights, and the protection of minorities.
*Podcast intro music is from the song “The Queens Jig” by “Musicke & Mirth” from their album “Music for Two Lyra Viols”: http://musicke-mirth.de/en/recordings.html (available on iTunes or Amazon)