In advance of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development to take place in Addis Ababa from July 13-16, the Blue Planet Project, Public Services International, Education International, Sisters of Mercy – Mercy International Association, Franciscans International and the Transnational Institute have spearheaded a global petition calling for safeguards against the corporate takeover of essential services in the name of sustainable development. The petition signed by more than 150 organizations worldwide calls to exclude water and sanitation, health care and education from discussions regarding private financing and private sector financing within the context of financing for development. The petition highlights the fact that the UN discussions on private sector participation must acknowledge the fact that the proliferation of global trade deals and investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms have undermined the sovereignty of States and restricted their policy space while protecting the interests of foreign investors above human rights and the environment over the past few decades.

Organizations are calling on member states to ensure that the UN SDG agenda not sell public services to multinational corporations in the name of financing for international development.

The petition can be read at:
Statement on private sector participation in the implementation of Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda
Declaración sobre la participación del sector privado en la implementación de la Agenda para el Desarrollo Sostenible post 2015
Déclaration sur la participation du secteur privé dans la mise en œuvre du programme de développement durable pour l’après-2015

Further reading “Privatising public services is no way to fund sustainable development” by Meera Karunananthan and Mark Dearn

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