What is civil society?. The implications of its definition for public policy making Presentation by Judith Richter World Civil Society Forum, Geneva, 18 July 2002. Motto of this Forum.
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The implications of its definition for public policy making
Presentation by Judith Richter
World Civil Society Forum, Geneva, 18 July 2002
“If the UN’s global agenda is to be properly addressed, a partnership with civil society is not an option; it is a necessity.”
Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, 1999
The definition of civil society determines whether or not this ‘partnership’ with the UN increases or rather decreases the influence of the world’s citizens on the global agenda
“In July 1997… Kofi Annan unveiled a long-awaited [UN] reform proposal that was the result of a team headed by Maurice Strong, .. former CEO of several large corporations who had headed the preparations of the Rio Conference a few years earlier[…] The report… emphasized the role of civil society not only as disseminator of information or provider of services but also as shaper of policy. Civil society referred to nongovernmental organisations, academic and research institutions, parliamentarians, and corporations….”The United Nations and Business: A Partnership Recovered Tesner (with Kell), 2000
“[T]he report stated openly that the relationship of the UN system with the business community was of ‘particular importance.’ It added that ‘it would be timely to develop better means of consultation between the United Nations and the business community.’ The secretary-general also announced that he would avail himself of the mechanisms proposed by the International Chamber of Commerce and the World Economic Forum (the organizer of the annual Davos conference) to facilitate such consultation.”The United Nations and Business: A Partnership Recovered, Tesner (with Kell), 2000
neither state nor market
Democracy, ‘the rule by the people for the people’, will be replaced increasingly by plutocracy, ‘the rule of money’