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A Global Coup D’etat

March 23, 2012

This is the first part of a two-part article that will expose the truth about Richard Black’s involvement in the global  agenda of Stakeholder Forum. Part one will focus on Stakeholder Forum. Part two will go into detail about how Richard Black has aided their cause, with the full knowledge of his BBC bosses. I will also show how he has been paid by them and will be paid by them to help them achieve their goals at RIO.  This is not to be taken lightly and I ask you to spread this far and wide.

As regular readers will know I have been investigating the links between Richard Black and a group called Stakeholder Forum.  I have been quite surprised as to how little this group have been mentioned in the climate skeptic world.  Stakeholder Forum seem to have flown under the radar somewhat. For example, in this post  at WUWT there is only one mention of Stakeholder Forum.  That is one mention in one of more than 100 comments, with no mention of them in the article itself, despite the fact that RIO +20 has their fingerprints all over it….if you look hard enough.

Stakeholder Forum – A Brief History.

Stakeholder Forum was turned into a lobbying powerhouse by Felix Dodds. His bio can be read on Wikipedia, although everything you need to know is contained in the first sentence of the text:

“Felix Dodds is an author, futurist and activist. He has been instrumental in developing new modes of stakeholder engagement with the United Nations, particularly within the field of sustainable development. Mr. Dodds is the Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future. ”

Dodds moved away from his activities within the UK Liberal party in the mid-1980’s:

“After serving the NLYL, Dodds published his first book, Into the Twenty-First Century: An Agenda for Political Realignment. His work called for closer cooperation between Green members on the left in British politics. Contributors to the book included: Jonathon Porritt, Jean Lambert MEP, Peter Hain MP, Simon Hughes MP, Michael Meadowcroft MP, Sara Parkin, Petra Kelly Green MP in Germany, Jeremy Seabrook, Peter Tatchell and Hilary Wainwright. In 1988, Dodds co-founded Green Voice, which worked for two years to create a dialogue between Green members on the left of UK politics.”

Once Dodds had seeded himself within the UK’s green-scene, he then moved onto bigger fish:

“Since 1990, Felix Dodds has been active within the United Nations network, originally as Director of the United Nations Environment and Development, UK Committee (UNED-UK). This organization evolved into the UNED-Forum, eventually leading to its successor organization, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future. These organizations played a critical role in mobilizing support for the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002. In the months leading up to the highly publicized meeting, Stakeholder Forum’s Earth Summit web site was used by stakeholders as the primary non-UN online resource.”

You get a sense of what Felix Dodds’ world view is when you read this paragraph describing his manipulation of democracy at the UN, by pressuring for more and more input from unelected stakeholder groups:

“Dodds co-chaired the NGO coalition at the UN CSD from 1997 to 2001, and is credited with proposing to the UN General Assembly in 1996 the introduction of Stakeholder Dialogues at the United Nations. Dodds has played a pivotal role in their development since that time, and is a keen advocate for the involvement of stakeholders in the decision-making process and implementation of global agreements. He has argued that we are in a process of transition from representative democracy – Madison democracy to a participatory democracy – Jeffersonian Democracy. Dodds contends that at present we are in a period of stakeholder democracy, and trying, at various levels within society, to develop the structures, vocabulary and institutions to embed this phase. He firmly believes that such developments will strengthen world democracy.”

So Felix Dodds is not just about saving the animals, climate and resources.  Felix is about changing the global agenda to suit the ideology and bidding of unelected pressure groups. Felix it appears wants nothing short of a new sort of democracy governed by NGO’s and UN bodies created from NGO agendas.   He is doing this through what used to be called “Stakeholder Forum For A Sustainable Future”, but is now simply called “Stakeholder Forum”.

The Agenda Benders.

Stakeholder Forum is the primary reason why there will be a RIO+20 “Earth Summit” in June 2012.  The unofficial name of “Earth Summit” is one created and used by Stakeholder Forum.  It is NOT an official UN title.

This is how SF describe their intervention:

“Stakeholder Forum played a critical role in generating support for an Earth Summit in 2012, organising a series formal and informal meetings, multi-stakeholder and governmental workshops to provide a space for discussion and exchange on the possible focus of an Earth Summit. Stakeholder Forum’s original multi-stakeholder workshop on Earth Summit 2012, held in San Sebastian, resulted in the Donostia Declaration which outlined the case for a Summit as well as providing recommendations of focus areas. ”

So how exactly did they “play a critical role” in generating support for RIO+20?  You are going to have to keep up here I’m afraid!

I think it is important to note first that the original RIO conference set out the UN’s “Agenda 21”, which is basically an  attempt to alter how the world approaches environment issues. It  goes well beyond that, in terms of being the original framework on which Felix Dodds and others are building to push for a change in global governance, Dodds’ “participative democracy” (participative if you happen to be part of an NGO of course).

UNEP  is the UN’s Environment Program. Its mission is:

“To provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and people’s to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.”

UNEP, according to Wikipedia covers a swathe of issues:

“Its activities cover a wide range of issues regarding the atmosphere, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, environmental governance and green economy. It has played a significant role in developing international environmental conventions, promoting environmental science and information and illustrating the way those can be implemented in conjunction with policy, working on the development and implementation of policy with national governments, regional institutions in conjunction with environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). UNEP has also been active in funding and implementing environment related development projects.”

UNEP is, thanks to the IPCC, due for an upgrade in terms of its power:

“Following the publication of Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in February 2007, a “Paris Call for Action” read out by French President Jacques Chirac and supported by 46 countries, called for the United Nations Environment Programme to be replaced by a new and more powerful “United Nations Environment Organization (UNEO)”, also called Global Environment Organisation now supported by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to be modelled on the World Health Organization.”

So you can see, that UNEP is a powerful body whose reach encompasses all the major environmental topics, including climate change. However, it is deemed not powerful enough and a campaign is underway to convert it to a much larger and more powerful body similar to the World Health Organisation (WHO).  Felix had this to say:

“United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has had an amazing forty years helping to create our current environmental legislative framework, as well as acting as the global advocate for environment. Rio+20 outcomes should include upgrading UNEP into a World Environment Organization which brings together all the environmental conventions into a coherent structure.”

So Felix is right behind upgrading UNEP to the WEO and the associated increase in reach and power that would bring.  It would bring, to be clear, reach and power for NGO’s and other un-elected, unaccountable groups. UNEP is influenced through the “Major Groups & Stakeholders” Forum.  Stakeholder Forum directly influences that through helping to organise it, lobbying through informal meetings (as you will read in part two), writing papers and making speeches:

“On 19th February, Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum, Felix Dodds, gave a presentation to a wide range of Major Groups’ representatives on the expectations from Rio+20 and what actions are still required to secure a positive outcome at the Summit, at the UNEP Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum.  The presentation also examined the many issues surrounding sustainable development governance and the green economy, including the recommendation of certain policies and changes in approach deemed necessary to ensure progress in these areas is achieved at the Summit.”

UNEP policy is shaped by its Global Environmental Outlook reports.  GEO-4 was the last and GEO-5 will be out before RIO. The “Outreach Group” directly influences that report. You will therefore be unsurprised by now when you read this:

“Stakeholder Forum hosted the last meeting of the Fourth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-4) Outreach Working Group in San Sebastian from 4 to 6 October.”

There is nothing to suggest Felix and co would have less influence if the WEO was implemented, quite the contrary it appears.

ICE, ICE Baby….

ICE is a campaign to bring about an “International Court For the Environment”. It states its aims pretty clearly:

“In order to bring accountability to the current system, institutional reform is required. We need to integrate the decentralized environmental governance regime and provide an enforcement mechanism that holds both States and non-state actors to account. We need accountability – We need the International Court for the Environment.”

In simple terms, this is about creating a central court, like the War Crimes tribunal, to pass judgement over, well basically anyone, who has been deemed to have broken the laws that people like Felix Dodds, through the WEO and Agenda 21, have deemed so.  It also says this on their website:

“Through its partnership with the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, the ICE Coalition has been able to  publish articles on the news section of the website and to publicise the ICE concept as a direct contribution from  civil society to the 2012 Earth Summit on sustainable development within the  institutional framework for sustainable development.”

So ICE is directly working with Stakeholder Forum with the intent of creating a global environmental justice system. Felix Dodds wants a change in global democracy, a change in how the world acts and punishment for anyone who dares to deviate from his vision.

Stakeholder Forum is pushing for an increase in global environmental judiciary power through ICE.  It is doing this through a decade long campaign to get a RIO+20 conference and then push the agenda. It is doing this through its SDG2012 programme:

“SDG2012 is Stakeholder Forum’s programme on Sustainable Development Governance (SDG) towards Rio+20.”

It may be a little unimaginitive of me, but quoting from the people themselves is the easiest way of showing just how far down the rabbit hole we are going here:

“Achim Steiner, director of UNEP, said that a WEO could be modelled on the WTO which has its own dispute resolution mechanisms. A WEO might be granted jurisdiction to refer cases to an ICE and indeed it might be provided that complaints intended to be referred to the ICE should first be referred to the WEO for consideration and investigation.”

“The UNEP and Stakeholder Forum organised a conference on Sunday 6th March 2011 in New York entitled: “IEG, Sustainable Development Governance and Rio+20: A Stakeholder Consultation”.”

“The ICE Coalition attended and made a presentation at the COP 15 at Copenhagen in December 2009 and sent some of its members as observers to the 2010 Bonn talks and Tianjin conference in order to follow the evolution of the negotiations. The ICE Coalition went to Cancun and participated in the COP 16. The Coalition had an exhibit space, participated in a side event and gave a presentation in a private ministerial event. The Coalition aims to deploy its campaign for the COP 17 which will take place in Durban in December 2011.”

In summary, Felix Dodds’ Stakeholder Forum are part of ICE and are pushing for global environmental governance.  They are advising, influencing, organising for and working with UNEP.  Stakeholder Forum also directly influences the UN CSD. It was instrumental in the agreement to hold a RIO+20 conference:

“Stakeholder Forum hosted a two-day multi-stakeholder conference on Earth Summit 2012 in October 2009 in Brussels. It was the first major event to be held in Europe to discuss a possible Rio+20 conference in 2012….In December the UN General Assembly agreed to the next Earth Summit in 2012” – Stakeholder Forum Annual Report 2009.

RIO+20 will attempt to make decisions on Global environmental governance through establishing ICE and either a more powerful UNEP or a fully-fledged WEO, which will enforce Agenda 21. It will discuss a “Global Green New Deal” to try to replace the current financial institutions such as the World Bank and IMF. Stakeholder Forum has discussed a wealth redistribution framework through meetings with the New Economics Forum.

All pushed for, and shaped by Felix Dodds and Stakeholder forum. They organised the NGO and Government Workshops, lobbying training,  meetings, radio and flyers – the whole kit and kaboodle to ensure that RIO happens and that its agenda and outcome is shaped by them.


It should be – Stakeholder Forum are basically attempting to shape an environmental Coup D’etat at RIO+20.


From → BBC Climate Bias

  1. Many thanks. I’ve been out of the country too long, so I didn’t know what a stakeholder was. I assumed it was a vampire killer’s assistant. Apparently it’s a kind of vampire.
    Felix Dodds is quite a case, isn’t he? He’s written a book called “How to Lobby at Intergovernmental Meetings: Mine is a Café Latte”
    There’s more about him at
    and even more at
    (and more, and more…)
    It’s clear from a brief look at that the world is about felix dodds.

  2. Tony Windsor permalink

    I have been IN this country too long! This is worrying stuff indeed and worthy of wide dissemination. Thanks to Bishop Hill for pointing me in your direction

  3. MangoChutney permalink

    Auntie has deleted 2 of my comments from RB’s blog when I have tried to link to articles here

    Wonder why?

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  4. A Global Coup D’etat – Part Two – Richard Black | Infowars Wexford

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