Un Strategic Partnership Agreement

With the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in DAVOS around the corner, hundreds of ZIVIL bricks confirm cooperation between the corporate world and the United Nations. “The United Nations should recognize the different roles of the private interest and rights holders who deal with common goods and benefits,” said Sofia Monsalve, FIAN International Secretary General. Companies in the global industrial food chain alone are destroying 75 billion tonnes of land per year and are responsible for the annual loss of 7.5 million hectares of forests. This destruction, combined with other factors, leaves 3.9 billion people undernourished or undernourished. The WEF represents the interests of those who destroy the environment and violate our human rights. It cannot be seen as a strategic partner in the resolution of global crises.¬†We firmly believe that this agreement is essentially contrary to the UN Charter and intergovernmental decisions on sustainable development, the climate emergency and the eradication of poverty and hunger. This public-private partnership will link the United Nations to multinationals, some of whose essential activities have provoked or exacerbated the social and environmental crises facing the world. This is a form of business seizure. We know that the agricultural economy is destroying biodiversity and that sustainable and equitable food systems, oil and gas companies are jeopardizing the global climate, Big Pharma is weakening access to essential medicines, extractive companies are permanently harming the ecology and peoples of countries, and arms manufacturers are taking advantage of local and regional wars and the repression of social movements. All of these sectors are important players in the World Economic Forum. Since the signing of the Development Partnership Framework, the monitoring and reporting mechanism on the implementation of the Development Partnership Framework has been put in place. It consists of the National Steering Coordinating Committee, five common outcome groups – one group for each of the five strategic areas of the program. As a result of this work, the results groups agreed on objective indicators of the implementation of the development partnership framework, as well as development and work plans.

During the meeting, Elena Panova, UN coordinator in Turkmenistan, stressed the importance of partnership, accountability and ownership of the DF implementation process, including the approval process and timing, information exchange, and the importance of coherence and continuity of group members. New York, United States, June 13, 2019 – The World Economic Forum and the United Nations today signed a strategic partnership framework that outlines areas of cooperation aimed at deepening institutional engagement and jointly accelerating the implementation of the 2030 sustainable development agenda. The framework was developed on the basis of a mapping of existing cooperation between the two institutions and will allow for a more strategic and coordinated approach to impact. The provisions of the Strategic Partnership effectively provide for business leaders to become “whisper advisors” to HEADS of UN departments by using their private access to advocate market-based “solutions” to global problems, while undermining real integrated solutions in the public interest and transparent democratic processes.