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Andreas Bummel is known as an international advocate of a global parliament and world federalism.

He is co-founder and director of the Committee for a Democratic United Nations, KDUN, in Berlin and coordinator of the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly, CUNPA.

Andreas is a Council member of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy, WFM-IGP, in New York.

He has held speeches and made presentations in Baku, Berlin, Brisbane, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Geneva, Kigali, Mexico City, Munich, New York, Oslo, Paris, San Francisco, Stockholm, The Hague, Vancouver, Vienna, and numerous other locations.

He lives in Wiesbaden, Germany.

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 and since 1995 the organization has been running the international NGO coalition working on creating and strengthening the court. From 1998 on, Andreas has been serving as a council member of WFM.

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 and in 2009 he was a board member.

Together with a group of other activists 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, the Committee together with numerous partners around the world launched the international Campaign for the Establishment of a UN Parliamentary Assembly, CEUNPA, that today has supporters in over 150 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 to 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.

With Sir Peter Ustinov, President of the World Federalist Movement, in 2002

With Sir Peter Ustinov, President of the World Federalist Movement, in 2002

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.

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.

In 2015, the Society for Threatened Peoples awarded Andreas the association’s honorary membership in recognition of his work.

New Book: A Democratic World Parliament


The German edition titled “Das demokratische Weltparlament” is scheduled for publication at Dietz Verlag in February 2017 (with co-author Jo Leinen)

An English edition is in preparation.

This book provides an exhaustive overview of the idea of a world parliament. For the first time it presents a comprehensive history of the proposal and puts it into the context of contemporary developments, long-term trends and today’s global challenges.

We show that achieving a global democratic decision-making body that represents humanity and all the world’s citizens is a key milestone in human evolution and a step that is nothing less than essential for the survival of human civilization.

The book discusses how a world parliament could be designed, what issues are involved, and explores future scenarios and conditions that may lead to a breakthrough and its eventual realization.

Following the emergence of democracy in the ancient Greek city states and its expansion to the modern territorial states from the 18th century on-ward, the next step is now imminent: a democratic world revolution and a parliament of the human race.

With co-author Jo Leinen

With co-author Jo Leinen

Publications


Featured recent publications:

Globale Probleme, nationale Interessen, Interview by Gerrit Wustmann, Telepolis, 25 November 2016.

„Die Menschheit braucht eine Stimme“, Interview by Katja Kullmann, der Freitag, 20 October 2016.

Toward Global Political Integration: Time for a World Parliamentary Assembly, Great Transition Initiative, August 2016, also at OpenDemocracy and The World State Debate.

A World Parliamentary Assembly: The Key to Global Democracy, Speech at the conference “Creating a Workable World”, Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Workable World Trust, Minneapolis, 10 October 2015. (watch at Youtube)

Archive with links to further selected publications:

Step By Step: Andreas Bummel on the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Interview by Luis Cabrera for The World State Debate, World Government Research Network, 15 September 2015.

Want a More Democratic UN? Give It a Parliament, Foreign Policy in Focus, 21 August 2015 (with Jo Leinen), also at Counterpunch.

The failure of the UN: rebuilding from the ruins, OpenDemocracy, 1 September 2014.

A World Parliament and the Transition from International Law to World Law, in: Cadmus Journal, Vol. 2, no. 3, October 2014.

Für eine Demokratisierung der Global Governance, Review 2014 Blog, Auswärtiges Amt, 9. Januar 2015 (mit Michael Puntschuh).

Föderalismus als globaler Auftrag, Beitrag für europa-union.de, 8 July 2014 (with Christian Moos).

Bringing Citizens to the Core: The Case for a UN Parliamentary Assembly (PDF), in: The State of Civil Society Report 2014: Reimagining Global Governance, CIVICUS, 2014, pp. 195-200.

Die Souveränität der Menschheit und ein Weltparlament (PDF), Weltgewissen, Nr. 25, April 2014, S. 30-33 (with Jo Leinen).

Could a World Parliament on Climate Change help to achieve a breakthrough?, The Global Citizen Blog, 4 December 2013.

Now is the time: The EU should support a UN Parliamentary Assembly, EurActiv, 6 November 2013 (with Jo Leinen).

The democratic deficit of the G-20, the G-20 Speakers Forum, and a global parliamentary assembly, CEUNPA Blog, 3 April 2013.

Cities and their role in global governance, CEUNPA Blog, 4 February 2013.

The Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, in: Network Review of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, No. 13, December 2012 (PDF), pp. 4-5.

On the distinction between international democracy and global democracy, CEUNPA Blog, 13 November 2012.

How democratic is the General Assembly of the United Nations?, CEUNPA Blog, 7 August 2012.

A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly: democratizing the domestic affairs of Planet Earth, in: VN Forum, No. 2012/1, May (PDF), pp. 28-32 (with Marjolijn Snippe).

Internationale parlamentarische Institutionen und ihre Erfahrungswerte für eine parlamentarische Versammlung bei den UN (PDF), in: Deutsche Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen, Karsten Schubert (Hg.), „Entwicklungstrends zu mehr globaler Demokratie. Eine Zwischenbilanz 15 Jahre nach der Agenda für Demokratisierung“, DGVN-Texte 56, UNO-Verlag: Bonn, 2013, S. 39-50.

Social Evolution, Global Governance and a World Parliament, in: Cadmus Journal, Vol. 1, Issue 4, April 2012, pp. 116-120.

ACTA: Geheimdiplomatie im Zeitalter der Globalisierung, in: Telepolis, 15 February 2012.

Research gaps in the constitutional design of global democracy, in: Earth System Governance Project, News & Opinion, 27 November 2011 (with Jo Leinen).

Der Konflikt in Darfur und die Hybridmission der Afrikanischen Union und der UN (UNAMID) (PDF), in: Deutsche Gesellschaft für die Vereinten Nationen (Hg.), „Blickpunkt Sudan: Perspektiven für Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding und den unabhängigen Südsudan“, Blaue Reihe Nr. 110, September 2011, pp. 42-50.

Global Parliament: It’s the Council’s turn to deal with it, in: The New Federalist, 6 July 2011.

Towards a Global Democratic Revolution: A Global Parliament and the Transformation of the World Order, in: Cadmus Journal, Vol. 1, Issue 2, April 2011, pp. 103-108.

Auf dem Weg zu einem Weltparlament? Der Vorschlag zur Einrichtung einer Parlamentarischen Versammlung bei den UN (PDF), in: Zeitschrift Vereinte Nationen, No. 5/2010, October 2010, S. 216-220.

Parliament for humanity – A world assembly on climate change could free up the process (PDF), in: The Canberra Times, 27 September 2010, p. 9 (with Duncan Kerr).

Democratizing Global Climate Policy through a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (PDF), Paper presented at the conference “Democratizing Climate Governance” of the Australian National University, Canberra, 15-16 July 2010 (with Fernando Iglesias and Duncan Kerr).

Wie die UN wegweisend werden können, in: DIE ZEIT Online, 25 July 2010 (with Hermann E. Ott).

Global Democracy: What is going on in the European Parliament?, in: The New Federalist, 15.06.2010.

Die Bilderberger und der (Alb-)Traum von einer Weltregierung, in: Telepolis, 31 May 2010.

The composition of a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations, Background paper of the Committee for a Democratic UN, 3rd edition, March 2010. (buy at Amazon)

Nach Kopenhagen: Höchste Zeit für eine Reform der UNO, in: Telepolis, 04 February 2010.

Why we need a UN Parliament, in: openDemocracy, 29 February 2010.

Developing International Democracy – For a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations, Committee for a Democratic UN, 2nd extended edition, 72pp. February 2010. (buy at Amazon)

Une assemblée parlementaire mondiale, in: La Libre (Belgium), 4 March 2009 (with Gregory Gihoul, Dirk van der Maelen and Patrick Moriau).

The establishment of a UN Parliamentary Assembly and the role of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Committee for a Democratic UN, 8pp., October 2008.

A United Nations Parliamentary Assembly Could Drive Global Innovation, in: Policy Innovations, 28 July 2008.

Wer kontrolliert die UN und ihre Blauhelme?, in: bedrohte Völker (PDF), No. 249/250, pp. 72-73.

Souveränität verpflichtet: Die neue Schutzverantwortung der Staaten (PDF), in: bedrohte Völker, No. 248, 3/2008, pp. 62-64.

Why the UN needs a parliamentary body, in: Mail & Guardian (South Africa), 25 October 2007.

Genozid – Eine Zwischenbilanz der Rechtsprechung des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofes für das ehemalige Jugoslawien (PDF), in: Humanitäres Völkerrecht, Nr. 1/2006 (with Frank Selbmann), pp. 58-66.

Eine Ideologie am Ende: Die globale Drogenprohibition, in: Telepolis, 26 June 2004.

Sir Peter Ustinov: Avantgardist für eine bessere Weltordnung, in: Telepolis, 30 March 2004.

Kritische Anmerkungen zur Urlegende moderner Verschwörungstheorien – Ein Porträt von Cecil Rhodes anlässlich seines 150. Geburtsjahres, in: Telepolis, 08 October 2003.

Weltordnungsdiskurs in der Krise – Nationalstaatliche Souveränität als anachronistisches Paradigma, in: Blickpunkt Zukunft, Nr. 40, 2003 (PDF), pp. 14-15.

Der Internationale Strafgerichtshof nimmt seine Arbeit auf, in: Telepolis, 06 June 2003.

Weltordnung im Umbruch – Der Zivilisationsprozeß im globalen Zeitalter, in: Blickpunkt Zukunft, Nr. 38/39, April 2002 (PDF), pp. 14-16.

Weltformeln des Irrationalen – Esoterik und Weltverschwörung (PDF), in: Tattva Viveka, Februar 2000, pp. 50-57.

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