- js reader version
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
by Adalila Zelada
Friday, Aug. 30, 2002 at 3:16 PM
Between the non-binding, unenforceable Global Compact and the partnerships being used by the likes of McDonald's to cloak themselves in the U.N. flag, it is becoming more and more evident that the U.N. has fallen into the pockets of big business -- all to the detriment of those who are supposed to matter most, the people.
UN LEADERSHIP TILTING TOWARD BUSINESS AT WORLD SUMMIT
August 29, 2002
by Adalila Zelada
JOHANNESBURG, S.A. – The United Nations is in full swing hosting the World Summit on Sustainable Development in this South African city where over 100 world leaders are converging to decide the environmental and economic fate of the planet. Against this backdrop, the business community has been hard at work pushing through its free market agenda while at the same time improving its image as environment and people friendly. Critics contend that these two objectives are incompatible. But the U.N. seems to think it can work.
Even before the summit, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan launched a new program called “The Global Compact” – a non-binding agreement between corporations and the U.N. According to Annan, the U.N. will assist corporations to “embrace . . . universal principles of human rights, core labour standards and the human environment.” Annan says the Compact will “help markets deliver what they are best at –while at the same time contributing to a more humane world.”
One of the representatives of corporate interests at the Summit is “Business Action for Sustainable Development” (BASD). Through BASD, corporations are taking advantage of the summit to publicize the “partnerships” that they have created with non governmenal organizations (NGO’s) and governments to address issues such issues as energy, water and agriculture. The U.N. will devote considerable summit fanfare to release of an official list of such projects, fanfare which critics charge is designed to hide a lack of more substantive action by the governments gathered here. These “Type 2” initiatives will officially be launched this afternoon.
One such controversial public-private partnership is between the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and McDonald’s – the fast-food giant. Both entities have agreed to celebrate jointly “World Children’s Day” on November 20, 2002. This explicit endorsement by a U.N. body of a fast-food chain seen by many as promoting life-threatening eating habits among young children has drawn harsh criticism. An alliance of public health professionals and advocates has demanded that UNICEF sever its ties with McDonald’s, noting that “[i]t is not the proper role of UNICEF to endorse or serve as enabler for corporate activities of this kind.”
The Global Compact has also come under intense scrutiny from civil society. Greenpeace International, Third World Network and other NGO’s have sent a letter to the U.N. declaring that the Compact and its guidelines “allow business entities with poor records to ‘bluewash’ their image by wrapping themselves in the flag of the United Nations. [The guidelines] favor corporate-driven globalization rather than the environment, human health, local communities, workers, farmers, women and the poor.” Participating corporations include Nike, Shell, Novartis and Rio Tinto, all accused of major environmental and human rights abuses in recent years.
Report this post as:
More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena
"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena
Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles
Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert!
Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California
Change Links June 2018 posted
The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years
Unity Archive Project
Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi
CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police
Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies
California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings)
Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico
Change Links May 2018
Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed
GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE
lausd whistle blower
Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images
UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light
Change Links April 2018
Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018
Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018!
Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert!
Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A.
Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released
Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups
After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video
More Local News...
3 Essential Videos
The System Question as a Survival Question
“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen
Nation's Largest Voting Machine Co., ESS, Admits Lying Re Having Installed Remote Control
Du pain et des jeux
Fbi joins with Facebook to remove this report
Paraphysique de martyrologie
Asian Countries:Cambodia, Vietnam, N. Korea do not permit unlawful immigration
Children Incorporated Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator
Democratic Socialists of America
Leonard Peltier Non Violent Native American Political Prisoner since 1970's
Paraphysique miscellanées de l'aggiornamento
Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Cleanup
FBI Investigated LA County Sheriff Baca,Why Not Hank Skinner's Persecution?
Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians
The Shortwave Report 07136/18 Listen Globally!
Social Policy as Social Infrastructure
Vol I: 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Fraud
Texas Can Call it An Execution,But It is A State Sponsored Murder of Hank Skinner..
June 2018 Honduras coup update
Maria Estrada doubles down on racist support
New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2018 NYWIFT Ha Phuong Scholarship Recipients
Trapps de la domination, trapps de l'aliénation
Please Work For The Defeat Of Brett Kavanaugh And Why
Change Links 2018 July posted
Transinhumanisme ( transe inhumanisme )
Google, World's Biggest Censor, Was Founded By The CIA
For a World Free of Nuclear Risks
More Breaking News...