Centrist Democrat International


The International Center Democratic Party was founded in 1961 under the name of World Union of Christian Democrats (WUCD). It was created by the New International Teams, predecessor organization to the European Union of Christian Democrats (EUCD), the Christian Democrat Organization of America (CDOA) and the Christian Democratic Union of Central Europe (CDUCE). In 1999 it adopted its present name, Centrist Democrat International.

The changes on the international stage since 1989, with the end of the confrontation between east and west that had threatened mankind since the end of the Second World War, the creation of new independent states, the struggles for democracy and the globalization at the start of this new millennium are providing society with new opportunities as well as challenges, both in national and international communities, for people to live in peace, freedom, justice and solidarity.

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  • Women

    In the late 70s, women in several European and Latin American parties regarded their active participation in national and international politics as essential to the development of their own countries and to political life in general. They decided to group together in an international women's movement which gave rise to the World Women's Union in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1978.

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  • Interfaith Dialogue

    Religions can never be used to exhort people to hatred or violence, since we are all children of the same God. Fundamentalism is a deadly disease for religions and for cultures because it is exclusionist, it traps people in an enemy-based culture, and it provokes violence.

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  • Human Rights

    The Centrist Democrat International (CDI) has historically been committed to fighting in order to ensure Human Rights, as set forth in the documents of the International Bill of Rights, for each and every human being all around the world.

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Featured News and Events

  • Press Release Executive Committee Lisbon

    Lisbon, Portugal · 16 April 2016

    Rise of populism and terrorism addressed at the CDI meeting in Lisbon.   Lisbon, 15 of April 2016. The Centrist Democrat International (CDI) held today its executive committee in Lisbon. The meeting was chaired by the former President of Colombia Andrés Pastrana and the CDI Secretary General Antonio López-Istúriz. The discussions focused on the challenges…

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    Lisbon, Portugal · 15 april de 2016

    As planned, on 15 April the IDC-CDI held this year’s first Executive Comittee Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

    In addition to the Committee’s members, participating as guests were all those who attended the Regional IDC.Africa event the day before, as well as Regional Asia parties.

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  • Executive Committee IDC.Africa

    Lisbon, Portugal · 14 April 2016

    On 14 April the IDC.Africa Regional organisation held its Leaders Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, with the vast majority of our African parties attending.

    It was an important meeting at which new parties were accepted as members: from Malawi, the Malawi Congress Party; from Botswana, the Botswana Patriotic Front; from Kenya, the Wiper Democratic Mouvement Kenya; and from Guinea Conakry, the Parti de L’espoir pour le Development National.

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