About Us

Advancing human rights through world citizenship

The World Citizenship Foundation (WCF) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded by Garry Davis on 16 December 2009 in Washington, D.C. WCF is dedicated to designing solutions to complex global problems and to sharing the concept and practice of world citizenship throughout the world community. WCF has a federal 501(c)(3) non-profit status and can receive tax-deductible donations in accordance with this classification.

Our Core Values

World Citizenship
World citizenship is the recognition by an individual human of his/her rights and duties within the world community as a whole. A world citizen is someone who views the world as if there are no borders or frontiers and embraces the reality that all humans are interdependent and interconnected.
Human Oneness
World citizenship begins with an acceptance of the oneness of the human family and of interconnectedness of the communities of Earth, our home. Only when we acknowledge and accept our oneness can we fully achieve peace and harmony.
Respect for Nature and Humanity
World citizenship is predicated on the civic commitment to the preservation of our planet and to the protection of individual rights and equality.

So how exactly do we aim to achieve our mission?

Find out by reading more about the work we do!


69th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Unifying Human and Environmental Rights

Why should we think beyond our humanness to a worldly, earth perspective? Does the earth have a right to exist independently from humans? Do animals, plants and even inanimate objects have rights? How should humans interact with the earth and ecosystem, not as “owners” of the earth, but as caretakers of the planet? As we …

Why Do We Call Ourselves World Citizens?

157 years after Thomas Paine wrote The Rights of Man, and after dropping bombs on cities as an air force pilot in WWII, Garry Davis voluntarily gave up his national citizenship and claimed world citizenship. In his autobiography, My Country is the World, he wrote, “Man’s deadliest, self-imposed, restrictive device is nationalism. You and I may be …