This action is now closed. Your support helped us to raise awareness of this ongoing problem. Since Rio +20, Friends of the Earth groups have continued to monitor the strength of private influences on multilateral, international institutions and forums. Friends of the Earth International has persisted in its calls to the United Nations Secretariat to take action following this campaign.

Read the Report ‘Reclaim the UN from Corporate Capture’

To read about Friends of the Earth at the Rio+20 and the People’s Summit, read the Rio+20 blog articles.

We are very concerned about the growing influence of big corporations and business lobby groups within the UN, through government delegations, and in multilateral negotiations. As governments gather again in Rio this month, we believe it is time to reclaim the UN from corporate capture, and restore it as a peoples’ space!

Send a letter to Ban Ki-moon to stop the business lobby at the UN

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as the Rio Earth Summit. For 20 years governments have tried to agree on ways to save our planet – and ultimately our lives. As we are facing multiple global crises today, people around the world can no longer remain silent about the false solutions offered and the environmental injustices that remain unresolved – 20 years is enough!

The UN is the only forum we have to address global problems, in which all of the world’s 193 countries have an equal voice. However more and more we see that UN policies do not necessarily serve the public interest but instead promote the interests of corporations.

We are very concerned about the growing influence of big corporations and business lobby groups within the UN, through government delegations, and in multilateral negotiations.

As governments gather again in Rio this month, we believe it is time to reclaim the UN from corporate capture, and restore it as a peoples’ space!

Join our campaign. Send a letter to the UN Secretary General to stop the business lobby and reclaim the UN.

About our demands
We are requesting a clear public statement from the UN that its priority is to serve the public interest and not business interests, and a commitment to take concrete steps that will limit industry’s influence in UN decision-making processes.

Steps to be taken include limiting the privileged status that business currently has in official UN negotiations and policy-making and increased transparency around corporate lobbying at the UN; disclosure of existing relations between the UN with the private sector; a review of existing UN-business partnerships, and a halt to entering into any new such partnerships; a code of conduct for UN officials; and the establishment of a legally binding framework to hold companies accountable to environmental, human rights and labor rights law.

For more information on these demands please see the civil society statement Statement on UN Corporate Capture.