Building Global Democracy

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WFM – Canada participates actively in the Campaign for the Establishment of a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations (UNPA).

World Federalists are part of a growing civil society mobilization behind the objective of democratizing governance – nationally, regionally, and at the global level. In the introduction to “An Agenda for Democratization,” former United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali wrote, “Democratization is a process which leads to a more open, more participatory, less authoritarian society. Democracy is a system of government which embodies, in a variety of institutions and mechanisms, the ideal of political power based on the will of the people.”

Since the end of the Cold War, the basic idea of democracy has gained support around the world. Although many states are still not governed democratically, the democratic ideal is now accepted as a universal value. And in an era of globalization, when many of the decisions affecting the lives of citizens are taken by international organizations that are not democratically accountable, there is a pressing need to democratize global governance.

 

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