CAMPAIGN FOR A UNITED NATIONS
WORLD CITIZENS' INITIATIVE
Launch on 14 November 2019. Stay tuned!
A voice for global citizens
The UN's democratic deficit
The United Nations (UN) is the most important hub of international politics. The Security Council decides on matters of international peace and security and the General Assembly makes recommendations, launches treaty negotiations or is engaged in international agenda-setting. The UN, however, is an exclusive club of representatives of UN Member States.
The UN’s democratic deficit has been complained about for decades. While the UN has made some effort to include representatives of civil society and other major groups in some of its deliberations, there are no means for ordinary citizens to take influence.
Examples for citizens' input
A UN World Citizens' Initiative
The idea of a UN World Citizens’ Initiative (UNWCI) is that if a certain number of global citizens endorses a citizen-launched initiative, UN bodies such as the General Assembly or the Security Council have to put the item on their agenda and give representatives of the initiative the floor to make their case. In terms of the General Assembly, this could be done during the annual general debate while heads of state and government are present.
A UNWCI will allow global citizens to have more impact in a world with growing dilemmas that require global cooperation of both states and citizens alike. It will help create a citizen-based global political sphere.
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