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. The International Center Democratic Party brings together political parties, organizations and associations whose thoughts and actions are guided by the principles of Christian or integral humanism; that is, a humanism that is open to transcendence and committed to brotherhood. For these parties and organizations, this means:
The recognition of the inalienable dignity of every person regardless of sex, age, skin color, their economic, social or cultural beliefs or convictions.
The recognition and promotion of personal rights as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International
Covenants that complement it.
The pursuit of peace based on the aforementioned values.
The recognition and affirmation of the social character of man, who makes his living by integrating the multiple communities, in particular the family, that constitute human society;
Achieving the common good as the goal of political society and the guiding principle of public power.
The recognition and defense of democracy as the only form of national political organization that ensures the participation of all in public life, particularly through free, general and regular elections, by secret vote, guaranteeing to ensure the possibility of a transfer of power under the rule of law and a constitutional balance between national bodies.
The search for sustainable human development to meet the material, cultural and spiritual needs of individuals, families and societies, while respecting the liberties of each and of nature, whose resources must be preserved and renewed.
Recognition, particularly in economic terms, of the need to reconcile the private interests of individuals with those of their fellow citizens and, by extension, with those of society as a whole, through the application of measures based on the principles of subordination, solidarity and justice through a social and ecological market economy.
The promotion of forms of community organization and participation through which civil society can contribute to equitable development.
The above is best achieved by adopting and maintaining a centrist position from which to engage in more inclusive policies that can be used to introduce the necessary changes into society, the goal being to attain the best possible progress for all peoples through dialogue and consensus.