UN plan to save Earth is “fig leaf” for Big Business: insiders

Nafeez Ahmed
Sep 4, 2015 · 20 min read

Why the new Sustainable Development agenda is “fundamentally compromised” by corporate interests

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Big business

“An important role for business is recognized throughout.”

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Louise Katrow, Permanent Representative at the UN on behalf of the International Chamber of Commerce, addressing delegates the 9th World Chambers Congress on the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).

“She told me that the process was highly compromised, and she quit in disgust — but she told me she was not allowed to share details about what she knew.”

Excluding civil society

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“The emphasis on private financing and the role of transnational corporations, will further weaken public policy space [for] governments and fails to address the unfinished business of regulating the financial sector despite the extreme and intergenerational poverty created by the global crisis.”

Excluding indigenous people

Excluding the labour force

Excluding children

Excluding women

Obscuring the root causes of poverty

“As the politics of development are completely removed from discussion in the SDG process, this agenda gets adopted by default without any deliberation or debate. Add to this the myopic focus on growth as the only solution and we get the antithesis of sustainability or inclusive economics as a result.”

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The great growth delusion

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“… energy consumption would need to increase more than threefold in China and more than tenfold in the poorest developing countries to attain a US level of economic development and standard of living. This is clearly impossible in the foreseeable future.”

Boiling frog syndrome

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From Transnational Institute report (2012)

“The logic of neoliberal capitalism is now the water people swim in culturally. It is largely invisible and most don’t realise how their minds default to the dominant commonsense frames of economics discourse.”

Reclaiming sustainable development



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