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We are proud and excited to announce that Atlas is embarking on a new, exciting effort to build a true, global democracy.
GLOBAL DEMOCRACY? WHY?
If you have followed us in the last few years, you might as well know that we tend to take on big challenges. We campaigned against climate change, vaccine apartheid, authoritarians, and beyond, and one thing we understood is that all these issues have something in common: only together can humankind prevail. However, today, the United Nations and similar supranational institutions are all but fit for purpose: their undemocratic governance, lack of competence, and distance from the people often weaken the last hope we have in international cooperation. Because of these flaws, people's trust in the United Nations dropped by 15 percentage points in recent years.
SO WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING TO DO?
This is why on the 2022 International Day of Democracy launched a multi-year project to change how we govern and leverage global institutions.
In 2023, Atlas will first conduct a transnational consultation on the future of global governance.
Then, starting in 2024 and leveraging the crowdsourced ideas, it will field a people-backed candidate at the 2026 U.N. Secretary-General (UNSG) selection process to give the United Nations the last chance for reform. If this effort is unsuccessful because of vetoes or similar undemocratic practices, Atlas and the citizen coalition built during the consultation will design, build, and launch a democratic, people-led transnational governance system to unite humankind beyond national borders truly be one.
AMBITIOUS… DO YOU HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE IN THIS?
We are taking on this challenge, having already filed a candidate at the last UNSG selection process through its Forward campaign. Back in 2021, in less than a month of work, an Atlas team managed to run democratic primaries with a high degree of participation to select Rosalia Arteaga, a former President of Ecuador, as the first people-backed UNSG candidate in history. Ms. Arteaga's candidacy was discussed in the U.N. General Assembly before ending in the black hole of the Security Council.
OK, I'M IN: HOW CAN I HELP?
A global election is a perfect stage to present our vision for true Democracy to the people of the world. So, let's build this global party together! You can help by ⤵️