Founded shortly after the creation of the United Nations in the Swiss city of Montreux as an international peace movement, WFM is an international non-governmental organization with UN consultative status. A committed network of 28 member organizations and individual members in more than 80 countries is coordinated by WFM’s International Secretariat, co-located in The Hague and New York.
WFM has a long history of leadership and innovation in promoting international democracy, justice and the rule of law. Our primary focus is on strengthening the structures and capacities of international organizations to work effectively in these areas, while promoting the development of norms, policies and practices that allow meaningful global action on specific issues. To achieve our goals, WFM works with and helps to develop international civil society networks, and partners with like-minded governments and international organizations. Located near the United Nations headquarters in New York, WFM often serves as a hub of information and collective action on UN- related issues.
World federalists believe that all people have the fundamental right to self-government. Some policy matters, depending on their scope, fall under the authority of local governments whereas others fall under the jurisdiction of national governments or international institutions.
World federalists support the creation of democratic global structures accountable to the citizens of the world and call for the division of international authority among separate agencies, a separation of powers among judicial, executive and parliamentary bodies. Only truly democratic and representative bodies can have legitimate authority over all levels of government. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of every person on the planet and preserving the environment for the global community.