|International Democrat Union
||World federation of center-right political parties
The International Democrat Union (IDU) is a center-right international alliance of conservative, Christian democratic and liberal-conservative political parties. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway,1 the IDU comprises 54 full members. It is chaired by John Howard, former Prime Minister of Australia.2
Map of countries with member parties who are either in government or leader of the government coalition are in green. Countries with member parties who are part of the government coalition, but do not lead it, are in yellow. (The Republican Party
in the United States
holds a majority in the House of Representatives
but holds a minority in the Senate
). Countries with member parties not in government are in red.
The IDU provides a forum in which political parties holding similar beliefs can come together and exchange views on matters of policy and organisational interest. From this, they act cooperatively, establish contacts, and present a unified voice toward the promotion of centre-right policies across the globe. The IDU has some overlap of member parties with the Centrist Democrat International (CDI), but the CDI is more centrist and communitarian than the IDU.3
The group was founded in 1983 as the umbrella organisation for the European Democrat Union (EDU), Caribbean Democrat Union (CDU), and the Pacific Democrat Union (PDU). Created at the instigation of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and US Vice President George H. W. Bush, the organisation was founded at a joint meeting of the EDU and PDU in London, the United Kingdom.4
The IDU has several regional affiliates: the Democrat Union of Africa, the Union of Latin American Parties, the Asia Pacific Democrat Union, the Caribbean Democrat Union, and the European People's Party, the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists5 and the (dormant since 2002) European Democrat Union in Europe. It also has an affiliated youth wing in the International Young Democrat Union and an affiliated women's wing in the International Women's Democrat Union.
||junior party in government