He is co-founder and director of the Committee for a Democratic United Nations, KDUN, a non-partisan and non-governmental group located in Berlin.
Since 2007, Andreas has been coordinating the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly, CEUNPA, which was launched in that year.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Brisbane, June 2016: Group photo of the participants of the first workshop of the new World Government Research Network
New York, November 2015: Meeting with the President of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft
New York, November 2015: With Fernando Iglesias and Lloyd Axworthy during the annual council meeting of the World Federalist Movement. The former is the council's chair and the latter the movement's president and former foreign minister of Canada
Minneapolis, October 2015: Speaking at the conference "Creating a Workable World" at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Watch the speech at Youtube
Göttingen, September 2015: Receiving the honorary membership of the Society for Threatened Peoples from its president, Tilman Zülch, at the society's annual meeting
Göttingen, June 2015: Speaking about a more democratic UN and a world parliament at the closing ceremony of the Göttingen Model United Nations. What an extraordinary audience.
Leuven, May 2015: Lecturing at the KU University in Leuven as part of a series on interparliamentary cooperation organized by the Leuven Centre on Global Governance Studies. I challenged the students with the vision of a world parliament.
Brussels, November 2014: Meeting with Canadian parliamentarian Don Davies, MEP Jo Leinen, and Fergus Watt, director of WFM-Canada, in the European Parliament
Berlin, October 2014: At a discussion on the occasion of the second Global Week of Action for a World Parliament
Vienna, April 2014: During a speech on the democratization of the United Nations at an event organized by Democracy International and the Academic Council on the United Nations System. Watch excerpts of the speech at Youtube.
Podgorica, Montenegro, March 2014: With Heitor de Souza, President of the World Academy of Arts and Science (right), Ivo Šlaus, Honorary President of the Academy (left) and Davor Bernardić, Croatian Member of Parliament, during the conference "Transition to a New Society"
Brussels, December 2013: Presenting an official letter to the UN's representative in Brussels, Antonio Vigilante, together with Jo Leinen, MEP (left)
Geneva, December 2013: Participating in a panel on new international structures at the Future of Human Rights Forum 2013 in Geneva together with Margaret Anderson, Kirk Boyd, Alfred de Zayas, and Ian Seiderman. At Youtube you can watch a video taken during this conference.
Frankfurt, 2013: Meeting with Benjamin Ferencz, former U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremburg War Trials and leading advocate of the International Criminal Court
Berlin, November 2013: Conveying greetings of the World Federalist Movement at the 24th European Congress of the Union of European Federalists
Berlin, November 2013: At the 24th Congress of the Union of European Federalists I had the honor of conveying greetings on behalf of the World Federalist Movement. This picture was taken during the speech of Elmar Brok, the newly elected president
European Parliament, Brussels, October 2013: Participating in the round table debate of the 5th International Meeting on a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly
Brussels, October 2013: Opening panel of the 5th international meeting on a UN Parliamentary Assembly, in the picture with Jo Leinen, MEP, and Elmar Brok, MEP, chair of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Commission
Week of Action for a World Parliament: October 2013: Supporting the first "Global Week of Action for a World Parliament." To survive and prosper, our global civilisation needs global democratic governance that includes all the people on the planet.
Bundestag, Berlin, 2013: After a hearing of the subcommittee on UN issues of the German Parliament, with MPs Heike Hänsel, Heidemarie Wieckzorek-Zeul, and Jürgen Klimke
Palais des Nations, Geneva, 2013: Attending a consultation hosted by Alfred de Zayas, the UN's Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order
Stockholm, 2013: Meeting over lunch with Maria Leissner, the Secretary-General of the Community of Democracies
Dakar, Senegal, 2013: Meeting with Youssou N'Dour, minister for tourism and goodwill ambassador of the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly
Dakar, Senegal, 2013: Meeting with the President of the National Assembly of Senegal, Moustapha Niasse (right)
Winnipeg, Canada, 2012: Together with my colleague Joseph Schwartzberg presenting his book on a World Parliamentary Assembly
Vancouver, Canada, 2012: Great meetings with members of the Vancouver branch of the World Federalist Movement-Canada, here after a speech
Winnipeg, Canada, 2012: Meeting with Llyod Axworthy, President of the World Federalist Movement and former Canadian foreign minister who was instrumental in promoting the international principle of a responsibility to protect
Lund, Sweden, 2012: With my friends and colleagues Andrew Strauss from the United States and Petter Ölmunger from Sweden after an event at the Earth System Governance Conference in Lund
Washington D.C., 2011: After a discussion with Mike Moore, New Zealand's Ambassador to the U.S. and former Director-General of the World Trade Organization (in the middle), to the left friend and colleague Tony Fleming, U.S. Coordinator of the UNPA-Campaign
Berlin, 2011: Press conference on an appeal to the German government to support a UN Parliamentary Assembly with Hans Eichel, former minister of finance, and the chair of UNA-Germany, Detlef Dzembritzki (both to the right)
Senate of Argentina, Buenos Aires, 2010: At the international meeting of the UNPA-Campaign in the Senate of Argentina
Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, 2010: Commemorating the 8,000 victims of the massacre of Srebrenica of 11-13 July 1995, symbolized by 16,000 shoes, fifteen years later. With Tilman Zülch, director of the Society for Threatened Peoples.
European Parliament, Brussels, 2010: Working meeting in Brussels, with parliamentarians Edward McMillan-Scott and Jo Leinen (from left) and Diogo Pinto from the European Movement and Joan Marc Simon from the European Federalists (from right)
Cologne, 2009: During an event with my friend and colleague Jürgen Streich, a co-founder of the Committee for a Democratic U.N.
New York, 2009: During the 3rd international meeting on a UN Parliamentary Assembly that took place opposite the UN headquarters in New York
Mexico City, 2009: Panel discussion during an international congress on a "World Alliance to Transform the UN"
Gernsheim, Germany, 2009: One of the many events during the election campaign in 2009; this was a panel discussion with all local candidiates in a school in Gernsheim, a town located in my constituency. One of the other candidates was the German minister of defence (second from right)
Kampala, Uganda 2009: Official meeting with the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda (right)
Kampala, Uganda, 2009: Talking with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda, Benjamin Odoki
Nairobi, Kenya, 2009: Meeting with the President of the National Assembly of Kenya, Kenneth Marende (in the middle)
Kigali, Rwanda, 2009: Visiting the Genocide Memorial Site in Kigali. In 100 days between April and July 1994, up to 1,000,000 people were killed in Rwanda.
Kigali, Rwanda, 2009: Visiting the Genocide Memorial Site in Kigali.
Strasbourg, France, 2009: Meeting with Lord Alderice, former Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and President of the Liberal International
Berlin, 2009: Meeting with Detlef Dzembritzki, chairman of the German parliament's subcommission on the United Nations
Göttingen, Germany, 2008: Moderating the annual meeting of the Society for Threatened Peoples
European Parliament, Brussels, 2008: During the 2nd International Meeting on a UN Parliamentary Assembly hosted inside the European Parliament
European Parliament, Brussels, 2008: With members of the European Parliament Graham Watson and Edward McMillan-Scott, the latter one of the parliament's Vice-Presidents, during the 2nd International Meeting on a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Both are longtime supporters of the campaign.
Pan-African Parliament, Midrand, South Africa: As an observer at a plenary session of the Pan-African Parliament. In the picture with Bethel Amadi from Nigeria, one of the parliament's vice-presidents (who in 2012 became the parliament's president)
Pan-African Parliament, Midrand, South Africa, 2008: Meeting with the President of the Pan-African Parliament, Gertrude Mongella from Tanzania; to the right Sunil Dowarkasing, a member of the parliament from Mauritius.
Johannesburg, South Africa: After a meeting at the Nelson Mandela Foundation together with Sunil Dowarkasing, a parliamentarian from Mauritius
European Parliament, Brussels, 2008: Meeting with former Polish foreign minister and Member of the European Parliament Bronislaw Geremek. He was one of the founding fathers of the Community of Democracies that was established in 2000, and a supporter of a UN Parliamentary Assembly.
Munich, Germany, 2008: Meeting with longtime colleague, friend, and fellow world federalist Fernando Iglesias, a parliamentarian from Argentina, in the margins of a congress in Munich
Paris, France, 2008: Meeting with former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali from Egypt who encouraged us to establish the Committee for a Democratic UN and later to launch the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly.
European Parliament, Brussels, 2007: Press conference with parliamentarians Gerard Onesta, Jo Leinen, Graham Watson, and Piia-Noora Kauppi.
Berlin, Germany, 2007: Holding a speech on the establishment of a world parliament at the "Vision Summit" attended by maybe 400 people
Berlin, Germany, 2007: At the first "Vision Summit", Andreas was one of the recipients of the "Vision Award", in recognition of his work for a democratic global order and a world parliament
Berlin, Germany, 2007: During a panel debate at the "Vision Summit"
Berne, Switzerland, 2007: Press conference in the Swiss capital Berne. Second from left is parliamentarian Remo Gysin and to the right Christoph Wiedmer, the director of the Society for Threatened Peoples Switzerland
Brussels, 2006: During a panel debate at a "Café Crossfire" organized by Friends of Europe. In the middle speaking is former UN Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar who on that occassion voiced support for the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly
European Parliament, Brussels, 2005: Press briefing with parliamentarians Jo Leinen and Angelika Beer
Büttelborn, Germany, 2005: One of the public events during the federal election campaign in 2005. This debate with all local candidates was organized by the local labour union in the constituency.
Göttingen, Germany, 2005: During the annual meeting of the Society for Threatened Peoples
Berlin, 2004: Speaking with a journalist after a press conference. In the middle friend and colleague Claudia Kissling, a co-founder of the Committee for a Democratic U.N.
Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2002: Meeting with Sir Peter Ustinov, President of the World Federalist Movement, during a visit to Germany
Election campaign 2002: Posing beside an election poster during my first campaign as a candidate for the federal parliament.
Hannoversch-Münden, Germany, 1999: During a panel debate organized by the Society for Threatened Peoples on the situation in Kosovo and whether an international humanitarian intervention should be supported
Bonn, Germany, 1999: Snapshot during the 18th Congress of the Union of European Federalists, in the picture Jo Leinen, a member of the European Parliament and then UEF president, Bill Pace, director of the World Federalist Movement, and Sir Peter Ustinov, president of the World Federalist Movement
Madras, India, 1998: At the age of 22 I attended my first World Congress of the World Federalist Movement that had the overarching theme "Federalism and International Democracy as a Solution to Global Problems"
Besides of coordinating the international Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly, one of the main projects that I’ve been working on since 2012 with my co-author Jo Leinen is a book that will provide an exhaustive overview of the idea of a democratic world parliament. The manuscript is ready and the book will be published in early 2017.
For the first time the book will present a comprehensive history of the proposal of a world parliament and will put the proposal into the context of contemporary developments, long-term trends and today’s global challenges.
We will 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 will discuss how a world parliament could be designed, what issues are involved, and it will explore future scenarios that may lead to a breakthrough and its eventual realization.
This work is a result from many years of research and will benefit from our experience as leading figures in the political campaign that advocates a UN Parliamentary Assembly as an initial step towards a global parliament.
I’m supporting the Global Week of Action for a World Parliament that was launched in 2013 for the first time.
Featured recent publications:
The Federalist Principle in the Catholic Social Doctrine and the Question of a World Parliament, 2nd revised version, Committee for a Democratic UN, January 2016 (with Maja Brauer).
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)
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)
Für eine Demokratisierung der Global Governance, Review 2014 Blog, Auswärtiges Amt, 9. Januar 2015 (mit Michael Puntschuh).
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.
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.
Archive with links to further selected publications:
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.
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.