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A letter from our candidate, Colombe Cahen-Salvador

Hi everyone,

I’m Colombe Cahen-Salvador, a political activist working to unite people for humanity’s survival.

And there’s a twist: I’m running to become United Nations Secretary-General for climate change, artificial intelligence, wars, dictatorships, pandemics, and poverty to finally be tackled.

No one is dealing with these threats. National leaders are more preoccupied with staying in power and prioritising their interests. No global institution is stepping up to the task, as the United Nations lacks the competencies, legitimacy, and leadership to do so. And to be honest, that scares me deeply. But more than this, it angers the hell out of me. We deserve better than planetary collapse. We also owe it to ourselves and future generations to fight with everything we have for a better world.

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I won’t lie or sugarcoat it: we don’t have the luxury of time or blind hope anymore.  We cannot wait for another World War for political leaders and institutions to finally overcome their differences for the common good. We must act fast, decisively, radically.

That’s why I decided to head Atlas’ campaign to challenge the selection process of the United Nations Secretary-General. I have, of course, a long road ahead of me. The makeup of this organisation means that at the end of the day, five countries (the US, the UK, France, China & Russia) make key decisions and have a veto right. That alone means that someone pushing for radical change, not the status quo, is unlikely to please them. But that’s exactly the point. 

Together, by uniting in our millions, we can choose the next UN leader and change the system itself, leaving it no choice but to be reformed.

Together, we can tackle the very threats that risk our survival. Our political programme can become a reality by building a mass movement behind it worldwide.

Together, we can start a political revolution. This isn’t about me. It’s really not. I’m just the tip of this movement for survival that will make waves by gaining power in cities, countries, and regions worldwide. 

Some will say I’m too young, inexperienced and radical to make a sound or credible Secretary General. Yes. I’m 30. I’m proudly radical. While I do have experience in politics and campaigning in front of the United Nations and other supranational organisations, I am not from the establishment. This is exactly why I am the right person for this campaign: at this stage in history, our best hope is for the young and radicals, those ready to take on the broken system and chart a new way out of today's crises and into a prosperous future. We need a major shake-up in the current global order to stand a chance at survival.

In times of crisis, the world needs political leadership, radical action, and a clear moral compass. The world needs to put the people’s and planet’s interests first. Not countries’. And I will do my utmost best to ensure I deliver on this. I’m not saying it will be easy. It won’t. However, I hope and believe that this can shake up the UN enough for us to take a better course because, together united, we cannot be defeated. 

If you are worried about our survival and believe it’s high time we change the system, endorse my campaign. We will need every heart, brain, and ounce of energy to prevail.



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