Colombe Cahen-Salvador, Co-Founder
March 27, 2023
ATLAS CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF RUSSIA-LED UNSC
GLOBAL MOVEMENT URGES NATIONS TO REJECT RUSSIAN LEADERSHIP
LONDON, March 27 — Atlas, a global democracy movement with supporters in more than 130 countries, denounces the upcoming Russian presidency of the United Nations Security Council and urges an international boycott of the UN during Russia’s time at the helm.
“On April 1, Russia will assume the presidency of the Security Council, the most powerful body of the UN,” said Atlas co-founder Colombe Cahen-Salvador. “This is an affront to justice and to the 18 million people severely affected by Vladimir Putin’s evil invasion of Ukraine. We must act.”
Atlas is calling on people around the world to sign an online petition urging the governments of the 14 other members of the UNSC to stay away from the Security Council during the Russian Federation’s presidency, rendering the Security Council unable to function. Citizens of the 14 nations — permanent members China, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States; and rotating members Albania, Brazil, Ecuador, Gabon, Ghana, Japan, Malta, Mozambique, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates — are also urged to contact their leaders to ask them to boycott the UNSC during Russia’s monthlong presidency.
If at least seven of those 14 states join the boycott, the UNSC will not have a quorum to function. Backers of the boycott can add their names at atlasmovement.org/unboycottrussia and promote the cause on social media using the hashtag #UNBoycottRussia.
“Add your name to this petition, share it with friends, and we will share the complete list of supporters with the ambassadors of the United Nations with our demand every day throughout April,” said Cahen-Salvador. “Join us on the right side of history.”
Atlas is a global political movement that has reached more than five million people worldwide via activism campaigns on topics including democracy, vaccines, women’s rights, and climate change. Atlas has appeared in major media outlets including The New York Times, The Economist, The Independent, the BBC, and Al Jazeera.