How corporations take over national governments (The Great Takeover)

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The Great Reset is a not-so-Great Corporate Takeover

Global Governance – a silent coup d’état! | How corporations take over national governments

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The Great Reset is a not-so-Great Corporate Takeover

  • Governments that used to be run by nations are now being done by unaccountable bodies dominated by corporations
  • We need global solutions but it cannot be run by the corporations.


COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) – initiative created by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), the World Health organization (WHO), and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)

  • WHO controlled by corporations and corporate interests
    • COVAX run by GAVI & CEPI which don’t have a system for accountability
      • Board of GAVI is dominated by Big Pharmaceutical companies, and a large number of the board come from the Finance sector – big banks.
  • No public health representation. Dominated by Finance & Pharmaceutical companies.
    • Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is now a big player in many of these things. It’s not just donating, it’s shaping policy and driving the decision-making process.
      • These sectors are now accountable to Bill & Melinda Gates.
        • Who are they accountable to?
          • They self-convened – they are not accountable to anyone.
            • They are just powerful players.
  • It’s become so normalized that there seems to be very little questioning of it.
    • They make a token effort to involve one or two civil society representatives, but the power very much lies with the corporations and the financiers.
      • Very clear whose interest it serves – the pharmaceutical companies & financiers
      • We can’t get rid of them because we never chose them in the first place.

The United Nations

In year 2000: the United Nations (UN) invited in corporations, and the idea was that we’re going to need to involve corporations so they can be part of the solution, but that started into how corporations became global governments where corporations were increasingly invited into these bodies

  1. We will need private finance
  2. Corporate social responsibility; where corporations can be ‘socially responsible actors’
  • Given that it depends on government donors, the UN regular budget has taken a big hit
    • Gradually, the corporations have become more powerful. They have weakened the capacity of the state. More trillions are siphoned away in tax-havens.
      • The entire corporate tax base, which used to play a much bigger role in state funding, has reduced, and their influence over policies which benefit corporations has increased.
      • So, they’re reducing the regulations that were on them, and reducing all the costs that used to be imposed on them.
      • This weakens government capability of making decisions, and increases the strength of the corporations.
  • At a global governance level, they’ve moved not just from influencing dramatically through their economic power, critical decision making, but the global governance is the next-step forward because they’re not just saying that they want to be considered, i.e. “we will lobby to have our position heard”, they’re saying “we want to be actually part of the decision-making bodies themselves”.

World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is one of the most powerful multistakeholder institutions, and is one of the key vehicles for these ideas.

  • In 2009, WEF designed the Global Redesign Initiative (GRI), which was a corporate push for a new form of global governance, in the wake of the global financial crisis. (01)
    • Created more than 70 Global Agenda Councils and industry-sector bodies to craft a range of governance proposals (02)
      • Each council consisted of a mix of the corporate, academic, government, entertainment, religious, and civil society.
      • The 600-page report centres on these thematic governance proposals, plus a series of essays and organizing principles that lay out the WEF framework for a multi-stakeholder governance system.
      • The World Economic Forum is now becoming a launchpad for many of these multi-stakeholder bodies
        • It’s a very well-funded launchpad.
          • Corporations do not pay tax, but ‘donate’ to multistakeholder institutions
          • The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is one of the main funders along with World Bank and G7
        • In contrast, multi-lateral institutions are being de-funded, on the back of falling tax-revenues for nation states

UN & WEF partners in 2019

The WEF has been advocating this model of multistakeholder capitalism to replace multi-lateralism for a long time, and have been gradually setting up parallel multi-stakeholder bodies to make decisions on major issues of global governance, whether its the digital economy or how to respond to a pandemic, so they’ve been advancing this model alongside the UN for some time.

  • Increasingly started to engage with the United Nations to start to push this model within the UN.
    • Part of this, was to sign this strategic partnership in 2019 (03)
      • Didn’t go in front of the general assembly – not discussed among members, it was a decision by the “Secretary” of the UN, without any formal systems of accountability.
      • They would essentially start to involve World Economic Forum staff within the Departments of the United Nations.
        • They would become so-called “Whisper Advisors”.
        • WEF staff mingling with UN staff and starting to make decisions.
    • World Economic Forum is directed by some of the most wealthy and powerful corporations.
      • Many of these corporations are RESPONSIBLE for some of the crisis we face, and yet here they are being welcomed with open arms into the United Nations to play a very significant role.
        • No accountability.
        • They won’t allow things that affect their profits.

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The Great Takeover

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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.

From health, to food and agriculture, from education to internet, from environment to public services and human rights, the research shows that decisions made in these Multistakeholderism mechanisms as well as in captured multilateral institutions, have direct impact on on people’s health, children’s education, digital rights, access to basic public services and human rights in the territories, including the right to a healthy environment.

The Great Takeover (webinar)

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  • Harris Gleckman, Senior Fellow, Center for Governance and Sustainability, UMass-Boston; formerly UN Center on TNCs (USA)
  • Mary Ann Manahan, Beyond Development Global Working Group/Ghent University, (Belgium & Philippines)
  • Saul Vicente, International Indian Treaty Council -IITC (Mexico)
  • Leticia Paranhos Menna de Oliveira, FOEI (Brasil)
  • Vernor Munoz, Global Education Campaign (Costa Rica)
  • Sun Kim, Peoples Health Movement (South Korea)
  • Parminder Jeet Singh, IT for Change (India)
  • Baba Aye, PSI & G2H2 Co-President (Nigeria)

Co-Organized by: Corporate Accountability, ETC Group, FIAN International, Focus on the Global South, FOEI, G2H2, IT for Change, MSI Integrity, Peoples Health Movement, Public Services International, Transnational Institute.


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