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

  • Terrorist attack in London

    London · 23 March 2017

    The IDC-CDI condemns the terrorist attack carried out yesterday in London, killing 4 and injuring more, 7 seriously. The IDC-CDI would also like to announce its solidarity with the victims of this attack and the British people.

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  • The IDC/CDI condemns acts violating human rights in Cuba

    Cuba · 23 February 2017

    In response to Cuban authorities’ decision to impede an event recognising leading figures who have fought for democracy and human rights in Latin America, the IDC/CDI hereby declares: 1. Its solidarity with the Latin American Youth Network for Democracy and its president, Rosa María Payá, daughter of the democratic activist Oswaldo Payá, in response to…

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  • The IDC-CDI mourns the passing of former President Ricardo Arias Calderón

    Brussels, · 15 February 2017

    The IDC-CDI family expresses sorrow upon the passing of former President Ricardo Arias Calderón and offers sincere condolences to all his family. “This is a big loss for the whole Christian Democratic family of America. President Calderón was a fully committed politician, who shared his ideas with Panama´s citizens and who was a tireless fighter…

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  • Executive Committee Brussels

    Brussels · February 3, 2017

    On 26 January we held the first Executive Committee of 2017 at the headquarters of the European Popular Party, in Brussels, with a large turnout.

    On hand were President Andrés Pastrana, Executive Secretary Antonio López-Istúriz, First Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary, former Prime Minister of Slovenia Janez Jansa, Lebanese President Amine Gemayel, and a significant number of leaders from all the regional divisions where we are active.

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