Readers' Guide Comment on "the 2012 Rio+20 Summit would benefit from having an informal multi-stakeholder design process not unlike the Global Redesign Initiative itself”
WEF’s proposed environmental governance system involves a two step sequential process. Governments meet with multi-stakeholder bodies to develop the political commitments and related institutions that would be the final outcome of the Rio+20 process, and then they meet on their own to adopt the outcomes of these multi-stakeholder meetings.
The Rio+20 example of WEF’s approach to a parallel multi-stakeholder governance structures is quite illuminating. Three elements are significant: the omission of a system for selecting/electing the non-state actors for the multi-stakeholder consultation; the process by which these non-state actors and government representatives would make decisions; and the implication that governments would then adopt the outcome of the multi-stakeholder process as their formal decision as a matter of course.
In other sections of Everyone’s Business, WEF also recommends similar, parallel governance arrangements at the FAO, WHO, and UNESCO.
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