This symposium is organized to mark the 50th anniversary of late President Salvador Allende’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly in 1972. His historic speech anticipates the political and economic weight transnational corporations would have over countries and peoples — a unaccountable corporate power hegemonic today and determinant to the way our societies’ function.
In the light of the UN Climate Change Conferences (COP), this report unmasks where the multilateral system of global governance is being reshaped into a multistakeholder system that benefits private corporate capital. Furthermore, it unpacks some of the methods and mechanisms of multistakeholderism.
We cannot save the planet from disastrous climate change without tackling financial markets. As long as trillions of dollars go unhindered to fund yet more fossil fuels and deforestation, it will not be possible to halt climate change or enable communities to adapt.
If we really want governments to stop the billions flowing from banks and investors to new fossil fuels infrastructure, we need popular pressure. Building onand complementary to the ongoing work of climate- and social movements, we propose to bring them together in a broad coalition that sides with activist experts on finances to campaign together.
This new report from the Transnational Institute and Friends of the Earth International explores the role of multistakeholderism in the COVID crises, when multistakeholder initiatives, working outside the multilateral system, acted as governing bodies. A follow-up to COVAX, a joint study published in March 2021, this report situates COVID-related multistakeholder undertakings within the overall strategy of the Global North towards the Global South.
Multistakeholderism, a specific form of corporate capture of multilateral institutions, has become increasingly determinant in the formulation of national public policies, with direct effects on access to and quality of health services provided worldwide.
Juliana Rodrigues de Senna is from Salvador, she is a historian with a Masters in International Relations, both from the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. She came to Amsterdam to follow a PhD, but ended up as a political-activist; fighting racist, Eurocentric, misogynist, and colonialist practices both within and outside academia instead. Juliana works for TNI's Corporate Power team, and...
"The Great Takeover" is an analysis of the mapping of 103 multistakeholderism initiatives in Education, Environment, Health, Internet and Data, and Food & Agriculture. To support further analyses and political action, we have made the whole database available in this easy-to-navigate tool below. Use the options in the right-hand column to filter the results .
"The Great Takeover" reveals that multistakeholderism is expanding into every field of global affairs, so we will continue to update this database. You can help to identify new MSI initiatives, or update the information available here, by sharing your comments with us at email@example.com.
This book The Great Takeover: Mapping of Multistakeholderism in Global Governance represents an important moment on the road to exposing this trend, raised on the international agenda by a group of social movements, networks and organizations who started to walk the journey together a few years ago. The journey has resulted in a deeper analysis of how corporate capture is achieving dominance in world affairs.
The Round Table, Our Future at Stake: The Corporate Capture of Multilateralism aims not only to address the Davos agenda of multistakeholderism but to initiate a dynamic exchange and contribute to building a dialogue between concerned social movements, affected sectors and governments.
Martín Álvarez-Mullaly, Iñaki Barcena, Lucía Bárcena, Lucía Benavides, Lorenzo Bozada, Cristina Caldera, Alan Carmona, Refugio Choreño, Peter Clausing, Thomas Dürmeier, Sofía Enciso, Graciela González, Ralf Häußler, Julisa Hernández, Fabiola Lara, Martin Mantxo, Julia Martí, Cindy McCulligh, Alejandra Méndez Serrano, Laura Méndez Rivas, Rocío Montaño, Bettina Müller, Cecilia Olivet, Mercedes Páramo, Mayra Peña Contreras, Manuel Pérez-Rocha, Olivier Petitjean, Federico Pohls Fuentevilla, Alejandra Ramírez Varela, Patricia Rendón, Giovanna Segura, Sabrina Spitznagel, Mónica Vargas, Oswaldo Villegas, the teams from Taula per Mèxic, the teams from Multiwatch, the offices of MEP Leïla Chaibi, the offices of Senator Patricia Torres Ray (Minnesota, USA)
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This report examines how, in the past 30 years, Mexico has become one of the main industrial paradises on the planet. Find out in which ways the country serves as one of the most advanced laboratories for free trade and deregulation.
Information on an EU Commission proposal that has been leaked to the signing organisations shows once again how undemocratic EU trade policy can be. Indeed, the EC is proposing to split the EU-Mexico Global Agreement in three parts: Political and Cooperation; Investment agreement; and Trade Agreement. Splitting the agreement will allow for faster ratification by greater democratic deficit: the parliaments of the member states will not be asked for approval of the trade part of the agreement anymore.
This event brought together representatives of local authorities and community organizations from the Global South and North in order to highlight the impacts of transnational corporations at a local level and the possibilities presented by approving an UN Binding Treaty from a Right to the City perspective.
The current vaccine crisis in the midst of a pandemic could be a tipping point for the current order of global governance. The global policy response and vaccine rollout have proven too inept to counter the catastrophic moral failure of affluent countries' vaccine hoarding. The WHO Director General’s performative pleas for vaccine equity have done little to move an intransigent system of global governance to address an emergency of this scale. What do these overlapping and related failures mean at national and international levels?
This Webinar aims to open a dialogue among European and Mexican members of Parliament and civil society to promote a collective reflection on the main challenges the new agreement presents for human rights and the environment.
COVAX was not created primarily to help fight Covid in the Global South. It was designed to be more like a merchant bank, using capital provided largely from governments, to shape the global vaccine preparation industry and the Southern vaccine consumer market; It is also designed like a regular international trade association interested in establishing this vaccine market based on a health care system where one is required to pay for health and one without national medical approval and without manufacturer liability; It is also designed to be a bit like a NATO to engage China and Russia in the next generation of soft power geopolitical confrontations via the granting or not of vaccine access to specific coun- tries and peoples; and it is also built as a multistakeholder group operationally run by two other multistakeholder groups to marginalize WHO and avoid public accountability in global governance COVAX will hopefully fail in all these aspirations.
Multistakeholderism offers corporations an increasingly powerful role in global decision-making and is becoming a default form of global governance. TNI's concern at this privatisation of global governance and its lack of democratic accountability led to a project that since 2016 has been analysing the impacts, mapping its scope, and proposing alternatives.