In part one, I outlined how an unelected front for many NGO’s, Stakeholder Forum, is trying to influence Governments and the UN in an attempt to see their own world vision implemented through RIO+20. In this part I will explore how a BBC journalist, with the knowledge of the BBC, participates in the that process.
“With Basque government support, Stakeholder Forum hosted the UNEP Global Environmental Outlook Outreach working group in San Sebastian, Spain, on 4-6 October 2007.” – Stakeholder Forum Network 2015 Publication
After reading part one you will know how Stakeholder Forum seeks to influence UNEP through a close relationship that involves bascially organising and controlling the “Outreach Group” who directly advise UNEP on their communication strategy relating to their key “Global Environmental Outlook” reports. These reports are digested by Governments, so the Outlook Group directly influences discussion at national Government level as well as within the UN. GEO4 was their last report, GEO-5 is their next one:
“The GEO-5 full report will be launched in June in time for the celebration of World Environment Day and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20.”
Continuing to quote from the Network 15 PDF:
“The Outreach group is comprised of NGOs, media and other stakeholders; and it advises UNEP on its outreach strategy for the Global Environmental Outlook 2007 report. This includes outreach in both the traditional forms of media as
well as new ones, such as the Internet. The team also aims to engage stakeholders in promoting and using the information in GEO-4 (the Fourth Global Environment Outlook) to ensure political decision-makers are much more aware of the state of the world’s environment.”
So the Outreach Group advises UNEP and it looks at how unelected NGO’s can better use the information within the GEO reports to pressure Governments. In the Network 2015 document there is a photo of the Outreach Group at the San Sebastian meeting:
There, behind an Felix Dodds and Esther Larranaga, is Richard Black. BBC journalist, a publicly funded broadcaster with a duty to remain impartial, in the middle of an advisory process that seeks to influence Government decisions. There with the full knowledge and agreement of the BBC.
Sounds a bit like a Jason Bourne sequel doesn’t it? Well our “International Man Of Mystery” Richard Black certainly seems to be living an exciting life, not firing guns, but certainly helping to make and load the unelected NGO’s influence-bullets.
Before we go any further, I would like, again, to remind readers of the wording of the Royal Charter:
“The BBC must do all it can to ensure that controversial subjects are treated with due accuracy and impartiality in all relevant output.”
BBC Royal Charter Agreement 2006.
Just to make it crystal clear, climate change and political environmentalism are without doubt “controversial subjects”. Being part of the process of unelected advocacy attempting to influence governance is clearly compromising that impartiality. How can anyone who has to be impartial remain so if they get that close to the process and the people within it?
The Donostia Declaration , according to Stakeholder Forum on their Earth Summit website, came about from a workshop they held as part of the propaganda efforts to get a RIO+20 conference:
“13th – 14th November 2008: Stakeholder Forum with support of the Basque Government hosted an informal multi-stakeholder workshop on 13th – 14th November 2008 in San Sebastian to kick-start discussions on the realisation of an Earth Summit in 2012.
The workshop convened representatives of governments, civil society, intergovernmental organisations and UN agencies to discuss the challenges that lie ahead. Nitin Desai, former Secretary General of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 contributed to the discussions via video-link, as did John Scanlon, Principal Advisor to the Executive Director at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
All participants expressed overriding support for the hosting of a Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2010, and the discussions and proposals that arose in the meeting were captured in the ‘Donostia Declaration’ – a document making the case for a Summit and providing recommendations as to its focus.
The Donostia Declaration has since been translated into five languages and is one of the only documents produced that was based on interaction between governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. Enshrined within the Donostia Declaration is the principle of multi-stakeholder dialogue and a common vision.“
Wow, so they basically created an NGO common vision bible.
The Declaration called for RIO+20. It also asked for the summit to make decisions on “Global Governance”, “Global Goals”, “A Global New Green Deal”, “Mobilisation”, “Education For Sustainable Development” and finally for the complete implementation of “Agenda 21″.
So how did the Donostia Declaration influence policymakers? This, from Felix Dodds’ own Earth Summit blog (which should really carry a sub-heading of “The world is all about Felix”) tells us:
“The twenty fifth session of UNEP Governing Council finished on the 20th of February . One of the really interesting discussions around the 2012 agenda was initiated by the South African Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk in a speech at the plennary session on International Environmental Governance (IEG). He outlined a roadmap on IEG:
“The first milestone will be when we meet in a year from now, in February 2010. At that meeting we should ideally adopt a Ministerial Declaration on the principles and objectives (on IEG) that will guide our further work in the run-up to Rio plus 20.”
Other Ministers in the plennary and the working groups supported the use of Rio+20 for bringing a final decision on International Environmental Governance. Stakeholder Forum in the Ministeral Round Tables outlined three outcomes they hoped for on IEG – these included support for the South African inititiative but expanded to include sustainable development governance. The second outcome Stakeholder Forum wanted to see was support for the setting up of an adhoc Ministerial Working Group to prepare for the next UNEP GC in 2010 while keeping an eye on the climate change negotiations in December at the UNFCCC. This is to ensure it has a positive impact on international environmental governance. The final issue raised was to ask the UN Secretary General to consider setting up a High Level Panel or Commission on the Global Green New Deal.
All delegates at the UNEP GC were given a copy of the Donostia Declaration which was the outcome from a workshop on Earth Summit 2012 in November. If you want to follow developmengts on 2012 this can be done at the Earth Summit 2012 web site.”
Stakeholder Forum tried to influence decisions on “Environmental Governance” through ministerial round tables and it gave copies of the Donostia Declaration to all UNEP delegates in an attempt to influence their decision relating to the holding of, and agenda for, a 2012 Rio+20 summit. This document was a result of the “workshop” held in San Sebastian in November 2008.
So who was at that workshop? And did they truly represent “governments, civil society, intergovernmental organisations and UN agencies” in stature and numbers worthy of releasing a grand call-to-arms seeking to influence a UN proposal for a RIO+20 and its agenda? Lets have a look:
David Wollcombe – Peace child
Nuha Ma’ayt – General Fed. Of Jordanian Women
Roy Cabonegro – Suswatch
Jan Gustav Strandenaes – ANPED (The Northern Alliance for Sustainability)
Richard Black – BBC
Michael Strauss – Earthmedia
Remi Parmentier – Varda group
Muhammad Al-Sayrafi – FoE Qatar
Pam Puntney – UMICH (University of Michigan)
Luc Bass – (Appears to be an Ex-Belgian Governmental advisor)
Itziar Eizagirre Irureta – Mirua 21
Oliver Deleuze – UNEP
Richard Scherman – IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development)
Daniel Ziegerer – Swiss FOEN (Federal Office for the Environment)
Xabier Ezeizabarrena – (Can’t get much, but he appears to have been a “candidato del Partido Nacionalista Vasco”)
Felix Dodds – Stakeholder Forum
Hannah Stoddart – Stakeholder Forum
Virginia Prieto – Stakeholder Forum
Derek Osborn – Stakeholder Forum
Now I don’t know about you, but that does not strike me as a group of people who have the knowledge and stature to draft grand declarations that can be used to pressure the UN and national Governments about sustainability, governance and climate change? I see four people from Stakeholder forum, various NGO’s, a couple of low-level greenie academics and….ah, a BBC journalist.
So Richard Black was invited and attended. He was part of the workshop that created the Donostia Declaration. Was that all he did at that workshop?
Well, actually no.
An internal draft workshop agenda tells us that he was far more than just a face in the room:
“Media – Lessons from the WSSD and the Obama Campaign - Richard Black, BBC Environment Correspondent”
Reading the actual Donostia Declaration document is also revealing:
“The workshop was organized by Stakeholder Forum. It was made possible by the financial support of the Basque regional Government and logistical support by IHOBE, IT consultancy Proyelia, the International Court of Environmental Arbitration and Conciliation Office of San Sebastian, and the office of the San Sebastian Film Festival. In particular I would like to thank Richard Black, Ibon Galarraga, Rémi Parmentier, Derek Osborn, Virginia Prieto, Hannah Stoddart, Michael Strauss, Genevieve Verbrugge and David Woollcombe, for the help they have given to organise the workshop and the production of the Donostia Declaration. “
Richard Black, BBC journalist, was thanked for the help he gave in organising the workshop and producing the Donostia Declaration. Let me repeat that:
“I’m just a patsy” – Lee Harvery Oswald.
BBC correspondent Roger Harrabin was widely criticised for his activities that attempted to influence and shape reporting of climate change in the media. Richard Black, people assumed was a poor dumb ideologist who parroted the message because he was allowed to, thanks to the activities of Harrabin.
However, in my various posts I have shown clear evidence that Richard Black is actually more influential and more partisan than Harrabin. Richard Black is directly involved in training people to influence policy globally. He helped to create advocacy documents, organised sessions and meetings. He advises, broadcasts and writes through the direct influence of his close relationship with the unelected NGO-front Stakeholder Forum and its power-seeking head-honcho, Felix Dodds.
Richard Black has, through clear evidence outlined in my posts, teamed up with Stakeholder Forum on these occasions (and there of course could be many more that I have not been able to find evidence for yet):
That is not it. I have information about Richard Black’s current relationship with SF as we approach RIO+20. This post has dealt with the historical relationship. My next will take you further down the rabbit hole.
Richard Black’s relationship with Felix Dodds and Stakeholder Forum is long and intimate. His input helps to shape the output of Stakeholder Forum, which in turn is being used by many unelected advocacy groups to push for a RIO+20 and now they have it, to get radical social and economic change. None of them elected, accountable or transparent.
I ask that you forward this to the BBC and its Trust and ask them for answers. Send it to your MP and ask them how this aids the BBC upholding its obligations under the Royal Charter Agreement. Spread this far and wide.
“ In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
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