Progressive Alliance

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Progressive Alliance
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Motto Freedom, Justice, Solidarity
Formation 14–15 December 2012 (first conference)
22 May 2013 (foundation)
Purpose Global network of social-democratic political parties and organisations
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Region served
Main organ
Conference of the Progressive Alliance

The Progressive Alliance is an international alliance of social-democratic political parties, the majority of which are current or former members of the Socialist International, founded on 22 May 2013.[1]


The first step towards the creation of the Progressive Alliance was the decision in January 2012 by Sigmar Gabriel, Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), to cancel payment of the SPD's £100,000 yearly membership fee to the Socialist International. Gabriel had been critical of the Socialist International's admittance and continuing inclusion of undemocratic political movements into the organisation.[2][3]

An initial Conference of the Progressive Alliance was held in Rome, Italy on 14–15 December 2012, with representatives of 42 political parties attending.[4][5] They included Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the Democratic Party of Italy, Harlem Désir, Chair of the French Socialist Party, Hermes Binner, Chair of the Argentinian Socialist Party, Peter Shumlin, Democratic Governor of Vermont, and Mustapha Ben Jafar, Secretary General of the Tunisian Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties.[6] Also present were representatives of the Indian National Congress, the Workers Party of Brazil, and PASOK of Greece.[7][8] The Dutch Labour Party also supported the formation of the organisation,[9] as did the Swiss Socialist Party,[10] and the Social Democratic Party of Austria.[11]

During the Council of the Socialist International in Cascais, Portugal, on 4– 5 February 2013, 50 political parties discussed on the sidelines the formation of the Progressive Alliance, including the Movement for Democratic Change of Zimbabwe.[12]

The official foundation of the organisation was held on the 22 May 2013 in Leipzig, Germany, on the 150th anniversary of the formation of the General German Workers' Association (ADAV), the predecessor of the SPD.[13][14][15][16][17] The organisation stated the aim of becoming the global network of "the progressive, democratic, social-democratic, socialist and labour movement".[18][19] It was reported that representatives of approximately 70 social-democratic political parties from across the world attended the event.[20][21][22][23] The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in the European Parliament joined the organisation upon its official foundation.[24] In September 2013 the Democratic Party (DIKO) of Cyprus announced that it was negotiating to join the Progressive Alliance and that its representatives were to attend a seminar of the international in Stockholm on 24 October.[25] On 4–5 December 2014, a Progressive Alliance conference was held in Lisbon for member parties of the S&D group.[26] A regional seminar was held on 25 September 2015 in Batu Ferringhi, Malaysia, which also hosted delegates from the Democratic Action Party of Malaysia, Democratic Party of Japan and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle.[27]


NOTE: The Progressive Alliance lists the parties listed here as having been (at some level) "participants" in their conferences. This is not a list of members of the Alliance, and should not be misread as such. [28]

Country Party/NGO/Trade Union/Foundation
 Angola People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA)
 Argentina Socialist Party (PS)
 Australia Australian Labor Party (ALP)
 Austria Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ)
 Belarus Nadzeya
 Belarus Belarusian Social Democratic Party
 Belarus Fair World
 Belgium Socialist Party (PS)
 Belgium Socialist Party (SPA)
 Bolivia Movement for Socialism (MAS)
 Bolivia Movement without Fear (MSM)
 Brazil Workers' Party (PT)
 Brazil Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB)
 Bulgaria Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP)
 Burkina Faso Party for Democracy and Progress / Socialist Party (PDP/PS)
 Cameroon Social Democratic Front (SDF)
 Canada New Democratic Party (NDP)
 Central African Republic Movement for the Liberation of the Central African People (MLPC)
 Chile Socialist Party of Chile (PS)
 Chile Party for Democracy (PPD)
 Chile Social Democratic Radical Party (PRSD)
 Croatia Social Democratic Party of Croatia (SDP)
 Cyprus Movement for Social Democracy (EDEK)
 Cyprus Democratic Party (Diko)
 Czech Republic Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD)
 Democratic Republic of Congo Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS)
 Denmark Social Democrats
 Dominican Republic Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM)
 Dominican Republic Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD)
 Egypt Egyptian Social Democratic Party (ESDP)
 El Salvador Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN)
 Equatorial Guinea Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS)
 Eritrea Eritrean Peoples' Democratic Party (EPDP)
 Finland Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP)
 France Socialist Party (PS)
 Georgia Georgian Dream
 Germany Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)
 Ghana National Democratic Congress (NDC)
 Greece Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK)
 Grenada National Democratic Congress (NDC)
 Guinea Rally of the Guinean People (RPG)
 Hungary Hungarian Socialist Party (MSzP)
 Hungary Hungarian Social Democrats' Party – Szocdemek
 India Indian National Congress (INC)
 India Association for Democratic Socialism
 Indonesia Nasdem Party
 Iran Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI)
 Iran Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KPIK)
 Iran Komala Party of Kurdistan (KPK)
 Iraq Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK)
 Iraq Kurdistan Socialist Democratic Party (KSDP)
 Ireland Labour Party
 Israel Israeli Labour Party
 Israel Meretz
 Italy Democratic Party (PD)
 Ivory Coast Cap Union for Democracy and Development (CAP-UDD)
 Jordan Jordanian Social Democratic Party
 Kenya Labour Party of Kenya (KLP)
 Latvia Social Democratic Party "Harmony" (SDPS)
 Lebanon Progressive Socialist Party (PSP)
 Lithuania Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (LSDP)
 Luxemburg Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party (LSAP)
 Macedonia Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDUM)
 Malaysia Democratic Action Party (DAP)
 Mauritania Rally of Democratic Forces (RFD)
 Mauritius Mauritius Militant Movement (MMM)
 Mexico Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD)
 Mexico Mexico Citizens’ Movement
 Moldova Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM)
 Mongolia Mongolian People's Party (MPP)
 Mongolia Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP)
 Montenegro Social Democratic Party of Montenegro (SDP)
 Montenegro Democratic Party of Socialists of Montenegro (DPS)
 Morocco Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP)
 Myanmar National League for Democracy (NLD)
 Myanmar Democratic Party for a New Society
   Nepal Nepali Congress
 Netherlands Labour Party (PvdA)
 New Zealand New Zealand Labour Party (NZLP)
 Niger Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS)
 Northern Cyprus Republican Turkish Party (CTP)
 Norway Norwegian Labour Party (Ap)
 Pakistan Awami Party
 Pakistan National Party Pakistan
 Palestine Fatah
 Palestine Palestinian National Initiative (PNI)
 Paraguay Frente Guasú (FG)
 Philippines Akbayan Citizens' Action Party
 Poland Democratic Left Alliance (SLD)
 Portugal Socialist Party (PS)
 Republic of Congo Convergence Citoyenne (CC)
 Romania Social Democratic Party (PSD)
 Sao Tome and Principe Movement for the Liberation of São Tomé and Príncipe/Social Democratic Party (MLSTP-PSD)
 Senegal Socialist Party of Senegal (PS)
 Serbia Democratic Party (DS)
 Serbia Social Democratic Party (SDS)
 Slovenia Social Democrats (SD)
 Somalia Somali Social Unity Party (SSUP)
 South Korea New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD)
 Spain Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE)
 Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Labour Party
 Swaziland People’s United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO)
 Swaziland Swazi Democratic Party (SWADEPA)
 Sweden Swedish Social Democratic Party (SAP)
  Switzerland Social Democratic Party of Switzerland (SP)
 Syria Syrian Democratic People's Party
 Tanzania Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM)
 Timor Leste Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN)
 Tunisia Democratic Forum for Labour and Liberties (Ettakatol)
 Tunisia Tunisian Labour Party (TLP)
 Turkey Republican People's Party (CHP)
 Uruguay Socialist Party of Uruguay (PSU)
 United Kingdom Labour Party
 United States Democratic Party
 Western Sahara Polisario Front
 Yemen Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP)
 Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)
Socialist International Women (SIW)
International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY)
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D)
Party of European Socialists (PES)
Party of European Socialists Women (PES Women)
Young European Socialists (YES)
Network of Social Democracy in Asia (SOCDEM)
Arab Social Democratic Forum (ASDF)
Central African Progressive Alliance (APAC)
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (CSA)
Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC)
Industrial Global Union
Global Progressive Forum
CEE Network
Just Jobs Network
Center for American Progress (CAP)
Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)
Foundation Jean Jaurès
Foundation João Mangabeira
Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES)
Olof Palme International Center (OPIC)


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