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A Global Coup D’etat – Part Two – Richard Black

March 30, 2012

In part one, I outlined how an unelected front for many NGO’s, Stakeholder Forum, is trying to influence Governments and the UN in an attempt to see their own world vision implemented through RIO+20.  In this part I will explore how a BBC journalist, with the knowledge of the BBC, participates in the that process.

“With Basque government support, Stakeholder Forum hosted the UNEP Global Environmental Outlook Outreach working group in San Sebastian, Spain, on 4-6 October 2007.” – Stakeholder Forum Network 2015 Publication

After reading part one you will know how Stakeholder Forum seeks to influence UNEP through a close relationship that involves bascially organising and controlling the “Outreach Group” who directly advise UNEP on their communication strategy relating to their key “Global Environmental Outlook” reports.  These reports are digested by Governments, so the Outlook Group directly influences discussion at national Government level as well as within the UN. GEO4 was their last report, GEO-5 is their next one:

“The GEO-5 full report will be launched in June in time for the celebration of World Environment Day and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20.”

Continuing to quote from the Network 15 PDF:

“The Outreach group is comprised of NGOs, media and other stakeholders; and it advises UNEP on its outreach strategy for the Global Environmental Outlook 2007 report. This includes outreach in both the traditional forms of media as
well as new ones, such as the Internet. The team also aims to engage stakeholders in promoting and using the information in GEO-4 (the Fourth Global Environment Outlook) to ensure political decision-makers are much more aware of the state of the world’s environment.”

So the Outreach Group advises UNEP and it looks at how unelected NGO’s can better use the information within the GEO reports to pressure Governments. In the Network 2015 document there is a photo of the Outreach Group at the San Sebastian meeting:

There, behind an Felix Dodds and Esther Larranaga, is Richard Black.  BBC journalist, a publicly funded broadcaster with a duty to remain impartial, in the middle of an advisory process that seeks to influence Government decisions. There with the full knowledge and agreement of the BBC.


The Donostia Declaration.

Sounds a bit like a Jason Bourne sequel doesn’t it?  Well our “International Man Of Mystery” Richard Black certainly seems to be living an exciting life, not firing guns, but certainly helping to make and load the unelected NGO’s influence-bullets.

Before we go any further, I would like, again, to remind readers of the wording of the Royal Charter:

The BBC must do all it can to ensure that controversial subjects are treated with due accuracy and impartiality in all relevant output.”

BBC Royal Charter Agreement 2006.

Just to make it crystal clear, climate change and political environmentalism are without doubt “controversial subjects”.  Being part of the process of unelected advocacy attempting to influence governance is clearly compromising that impartiality. How can anyone who has to be impartial remain so if they get that close to the process and the people within it?

The Donostia Declaration , according to Stakeholder Forum on their Earth Summit website, came about from a workshop they held as part of the propaganda efforts to get a RIO+20 conference:

13th – 14th November 2008: Stakeholder Forum with support of the Basque Government hosted an informal multi-stakeholder workshop on 13th – 14th November 2008 in San Sebastian to kick-start discussions on the realisation of an Earth Summit in 2012.

The workshop convened representatives of governments, civil society, intergovernmental organisations and UN agencies to discuss the challenges that lie ahead. Nitin Desai, former Secretary General of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 contributed to the discussions via video-link, as did John Scanlon, Principal Advisor to the Executive Director at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

All participants expressed overriding support for the hosting of a Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2010, and the discussions and proposals that arose in the meeting were captured in the ‘Donostia Declaration’ – a document making the case for a Summit and providing recommendations as to its focus.

The Donostia Declaration has since been translated into five languages and is one of the only documents produced that was based on interaction between governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. Enshrined within the Donostia Declaration is the principle of multi-stakeholder dialogue and a common vision.

Wow, so they basically created an NGO common vision bible.

The Declaration called for RIO+20.  It also asked for the summit to make decisions on “Global Governance”, “Global Goals”, “A Global New Green Deal”, “Mobilisation”, “Education For Sustainable Development” and finally for the complete implementation of “Agenda 21”.

So how did the Donostia Declaration influence policymakers? This, from Felix Dodds’ own Earth Summit blog (which should really carry a sub-heading of “The world is all about Felix”) tells us:

“The twenty fifth session of UNEP Governing Council finished on the 20th of February . One of the really interesting discussions around the 2012 agenda was initiated by the South African Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk in a speech at the plennary session on International Environmental Governance (IEG). He outlined a roadmap on IEG:
“The first milestone will be when we meet in a year from now, in February 2010. At that meeting we should ideally adopt a Ministerial Declaration on the principles and objectives (on IEG) that will guide our further work in the run-up to Rio plus 20.”

Other Ministers in the plennary and the working groups supported the use of Rio+20 for bringing a final decision on International Environmental Governance. Stakeholder Forum in the Ministeral Round Tables outlined three outcomes they hoped for on IEG – these included support for the South African inititiative but expanded to include sustainable development governance. The second outcome Stakeholder Forum wanted to see was support for the setting up of an adhoc Ministerial Working Group to prepare for the next UNEP GC in 2010 while keeping an eye on the climate change negotiations in December at the UNFCCC. This is to ensure it has a positive impact on international environmental governance. The final issue raised was to ask the UN Secretary General to consider setting up a High Level Panel or Commission on the Global Green New Deal.

All delegates at the UNEP GC were given a copy of the Donostia Declaration which was the outcome from a workshop on Earth Summit 2012 in November. If you want to follow developmengts on 2012 this can be done at the Earth Summit 2012 web site.”

Stakeholder Forum tried to influence decisions on “Environmental Governance” through ministerial round tables and it gave copies of the Donostia Declaration to all UNEP delegates in an attempt to influence their decision relating to the holding of, and agenda for, a 2012 Rio+20 summit. This document was a result of the “workshop” held in San Sebastian in November 2008.

So who was at that workshop? And did they truly represent “governments, civil society, intergovernmental organisations and UN agencies” in stature and numbers worthy of releasing a grand call-to-arms seeking to influence a UN proposal for a RIO+20 and its agenda?   Lets have a look:

David Wollcombe – Peace child
Nuha Ma’ayt – General Fed. Of Jordanian Women
Roy Cabonegro – Suswatch
Jan Gustav Strandenaes – ANPED (The Northern Alliance for Sustainability)
Richard Black – BBC
Michael Strauss – Earthmedia
Remi Parmentier – Varda group
Muhammad Al-Sayrafi – FoE Qatar
Pam Puntney – UMICH (University of Michigan)
Luc Bass  – (Appears to be an Ex-Belgian Governmental advisor)
Itziar Eizagirre Irureta – Mirua 21
Oliver Deleuze – UNEP
Richard  Scherman – IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development)
Daniel Ziegerer – Swiss FOEN (Federal Office for the Environment)
Xabier Ezeizabarrena – (Can’t get much, but he appears to have been a “candidato del Partido Nacionalista Vasco”)
Felix Dodds  – Stakeholder Forum
Hannah Stoddart – Stakeholder Forum
Virginia Prieto – Stakeholder Forum
Derek  Osborn  – Stakeholder Forum

Now I don’t know about you, but that does not strike me as a group of people who have the knowledge and stature to draft grand declarations that can be used to pressure the UN and national Governments about sustainability, governance and climate change?  I see four people from Stakeholder forum, various NGO’s, a couple of low-level greenie academics and….ah, a BBC journalist.

So Richard Black was invited and attended. He was part of the workshop that created the Donostia Declaration.  Was that all he did at that workshop?

Well, actually no.

An internal draft workshop agenda tells us that he was far more than just a face in the room:

“Media – Lessons from the WSSD and the Obama Campaign –  Richard Black, BBC Environment Correspondent”

Reading the actual Donostia Declaration document is also revealing:

“The workshop was organized by Stakeholder Forum. It was made possible by the financial support of the Basque regional Government and logistical support by IHOBE, IT consultancy Proyelia, the International Court of Environmental Arbitration and Conciliation Office of San Sebastian, and the office of the San Sebastian Film Festival. In particular I would like to thank Richard Black, Ibon Galarraga, Rémi Parmentier, Derek Osborn, Virginia Prieto, Hannah Stoddart, Michael Strauss, Genevieve Verbrugge and David Woollcombe, for the help they have given to organise the workshop and the production of the Donostia Declaration.

Richard Black, BBC journalist, was thanked for the help he gave in organising the workshop and producing the Donostia Declaration. Let me repeat that:

Organising the workshop and producing the Donostia Declaration.


“I’m just a patsy” – Lee Harvery Oswald.

BBC correspondent Roger Harrabin was widely criticised for his activities that attempted to influence and shape reporting of climate change in the media. Richard Black, people assumed was a poor dumb ideologist who parroted the message because he was allowed to, thanks to the activities of Harrabin.

However, in my various posts I have shown clear evidence that Richard Black is actually more influential and more partisan than Harrabin.  Richard Black is directly involved in training people to influence policy globally.  He helped to create advocacy documents, organised sessions and meetings.  He advises, broadcasts and writes through the direct influence of his close relationship with the unelected NGO-front Stakeholder Forum and its power-seeking head-honcho, Felix Dodds.

Richard Black has, through clear evidence outlined in my posts, teamed up with Stakeholder Forum on these occasions (and there of course could be many more that I have not been able to find evidence for yet):

  •  In 2007 contributing to the UNEP outreach strategy, organised and run by Stakeholder Forum. The stated aim of that group being to give ammo to NGO’s.
  •  In 2008 helping to produce the Stakeholder Forum tool  for NGO lobbying,  “The Donostia Declaration” and helping to run and organise the workshop that led to its creation.
  •  In 2009 presenting at Stakeholder Forums “Working with the Media” training day.
  • In 2009 Helping SF at CSD-17 by mentoring for them with the help of the BBC world service.
  •  In 2009 and 2010 presenting at SF’s “Learning to Lobby” training days.
  •   In 2011 moderating a session at the Stakeholder Forum organised “Bonn Conference”.

That is not it.  I have information about Richard Black’s current relationship with SF as we approach RIO+20.  This post has dealt with the historical relationship. My next will take you further down the rabbit hole.

Richard Black’s relationship with Felix Dodds and Stakeholder Forum is long and intimate. His input helps to shape the output of Stakeholder Forum, which in turn is being used by many unelected advocacy groups to push for a RIO+20 and now they have it, to get radical social and economic change. None of them elected, accountable or transparent.


Richard Black.  A poor patsy who just writes his stuff and takes flak from climate sceptics?


I ask that you forward this to the BBC and its Trust and ask them for answers.  Send it to your MP and ask them how this aids the BBC upholding its obligations under the Royal Charter Agreement.   Spread this far and wide.

In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
-George Orwell


From → BBC Climate Bias

  1. Congratulations for the noble work of ploughing through what must be the most mind-numbing assembly of prose on the planet. You get the feeling all you need to become world dictator is a toehold in the UN and the ability to bore your opponents to death.
    The photo of the San Sebastian Outreach group depresses me infinitely. A bunch of insignificant NGOs and third world academics and a minority separatist political party get the status and recognition that is associated with the UN and the BBC, and the whole meaningless structure is protected by its façade of multi-ethnicity and sexual equality. The whole thing would ring truer if Felix and Richard were wearing pith helmets and being carried in howdahs on the backs of their colleagues.

  2. MangoChutney permalink

    Are you positive it is the BBC’s Richard Black and not another Richard Black in the picture or has he grown a beard since? Looks a little fresh faced to me, unless RB has been eating too many dinners on BBC expenses

    • Its definitely our Richard. Look at some photo’s of him from around 2007 (do google image search), he is much thinner and no beard to cover the now double chin.

      • MangoChutney permalink

        OK, you should have an open offer for RB to respond as you have done with David

      • You think he would agree? Feel free to ask him on twitter!

    • MangoChutney permalink

      probably not, but at least he can’t say the invitation to defend himself wasn’t offered

  3. A very impressive piece of research – many thanks for it.

    Sadly, the comprehensive, finely honed and expensively manned BBC complaints procedure will swing into action and ensure all complainants will get:-

    1. A noncommittal acknowledgement from a junior lackey.

    2. A looo… delayed response from a middle ranking lackey who will explain that it’s “all about balance” and “on balance” everything they do is “pretty well balanced”.

    3. In the event of further persistence – a slightly tart but bored-sounding letter from a vaguely identifiable junior Beeb exec explaining, as if to a child, that the BBC takes its impartiality obligation extrememely seriously and is therefore obviously beyond reproach.

    4. If you’re a really persistent trouble maker – a brief rude note from Richard himself, to the effect that he doesn’t have to put up with crap like this from morons like you ( he’s allowed because he’s a “creative”).

    Still – with blatant stuff like this going on, it’s worth another try.

    • Miket permalink

      and 5. persisting further, you can get to the BBC Trust and spend a lot more time with them avoiding addressing the substance of your complaint. Mine was a complaint of general bias in the reporting of climate science, which included many examples, while taking three years! You can see the result in their December publication of October and November appeals – 5 pages saying no, we won’t talk about the substance of your complaint (in particular using Dr. Jones “Review”).

      I am looking at taking a different tack now.

  4. Good work, if extraordinarily depressing to witness.

  5. Hugh Mungous-Lyres permalink

    Richard Black is an innocent bystander and not deserving of the ridicule. After all he has a duty to make sure that the BBC pension fund is protected from annoying nitpickers like you lot, who would try to destroy the reasoning behind the Carbon investments that the BBC has made.

    Please note that the word “Stakeholder” doesn’t mean what you probably think it means. A “Stakeholder” is, “Someone entrusted to hold the stakes for two or more persons betting against one another; must deliver the stakes to the winner”. So these “Stakeholder Forum” people are holding the “Bet Money”. Black is only there to see that this money comes to the BBC pension funds. Why are you all so critical of that?


  6. Richard Evans permalink

    “The BBC must do all it can to ensure that controversial subjects are treated with due accuracy and impartiality”

    Yes but they get around that by redifining impartiality don’t they? Take a look at their deifinition on the BBC website.

  7. Alexander K permalink

    The NZBC is just as bad as the BBC, but at least it has to pay for it’s warmist nonsense out of advertising revenues, as the TV licence fee in NZ is but a distant memory.
    How Mr Black gets away with his unashamed advocacy, as an employee of the BBC, is a mystery.

  8. David permalink

    Let’s get Dellers onto it….

    • Dellers is on twitter I believe, feel free to send him a link.

  9. ilma630 permalink

    Plotting to overthrow or usurp the government, as a subject of her majesty, is call treason.

    • ilma630 permalink

      In law, treason is the crime that covers some of the more extreme acts against one’s sovereign or nation. Historically, treason also covered the murder of specific social superiors, such as the murder of a husband by his wife. Treason against the king was known as high treason and treason against a lesser superior was petty treason. A person who commits treason is known in law as a traitor.

      Oran’s Dictionary of the Law (1983) defines treason as “…[a]…citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].” In many nations, it is also often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aided or involved by such an endeavour.

      Black is certainly plotting (conspiring) against the country by the desire to see its democracy overruled (overthrown?) by an ‘outside’ body. He is certainly not using the democratic process.

  10. DOUGIEH permalink

    Black’s Whitewash

    this guy (Black) needs to answer these post allegations & in so doing answer to his BBC bosses (and us UK plebs that end up paying all their wages/pensions/expenses & god knows what else)

    this Agenda 21 thing, i first thought some nutters invention, to obvious not to picked up by the serious blogs.

    ps. Chiefio has his thoughts – latest –

    Agenda 21 needs some sunlight in the UK (in your own time of course)

  11. MangoChutney permalink

    Conga rats, you made Jo Nova:

  12. John S permalink

    Perhaps you should request a copy of his expenses from the BBC under the FOIA to see if the tax payer is funding these activities..

  13. MangoChutney permalink

    anybody know what’s happened to Richard? Not a blog article of tweet since 31/03?

    • MangoChutney permalink

      Blimey! The moment I mention RB being quiet, up pops a story from him at the BEEB

      soem rubbish about windmills not being bird mincers because scientists selected a few species to check – exhaustive it isn;t

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