Regional body encroaching upon global decision-making field, civil society says

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Mar 29, 2016


Civil society objects to attempts by a regional commission to craft global standards.

In a statement released today, the platform of civil society organizations following the Financing for Development process challenged the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)’s attempts to develop global standards for Public-Private Partnerships.

“We believe this important global policy framework should not be decided by a regional economic commission, even with participation by other UN Member States and constituencies. Decisions on international standards can only be legitimately taken within global, democratic and inclusive intergovernmental settings – where all countries have an equal seat at the table,” the platform, comprising more than 800 organizations, said in a statement the CSO FFD Group.

UNECE started its policy work to develop “international PPP standards” in June 2014, and claims to be acting “on behalf of the UN system and the other UN Regional Commissions, to produce international PPP standards.” At the Third International Conference on Financing for Development held last year in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) governments committed to “holding inclusive, open and transparent discussion when developing and adopting guidelines and documentation for the use of public-private partnerships.” (paragraph 48)

Read full statement.