Event Summary: Comic Launch: Corporate Capture of the UN

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

"It is we the people who have the power to stop corporate capture, and we have to—we have no choice." - Bobby Ramakant

>> Brief summary of ESCR-Net's virtual launching event for our comic series

"The Power of the 99% to Overcome Corporate Capture"

On March 4th, 2021, ESCR-Net hosted the virtual launch for our comic series, "The Power of the 99% to Overcome Corporate Capture."

The virtual launch helped promote the comic series and shed light on the widespread global phenomenon of corporate capture or influence on government institutions and decision-making. The event was hosted by Debbie Stothard (ALTSEAN-Burma) with panelist: Maha Abdallah (Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies), Martha Devia (Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida), Ana Maria Suarez (FIAN international), Wesam Ahmad (Al-Haq), Shayda Naficy (Corporate Accountability), Fernanda Hopenhaym (PODER), Bobby Ramakant (Citizen News Service), Radiatu Sheriff (Natural Resource Women Platform) and Esther de la Rosa (ESCR-NET).

>> Read the first episode: "The Power of the 99% to Stop Corporate Capture of the United Nations"

The first episode illustrates the corporate capture of the United Nations and how we can overcome it. (The episode is available in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic.) To learn more, please read the background document illustrating concrete examples of how this capture takes place in the context of the UN.

Many thanks to ESCR-Net members: Above Ground, Al-Haq, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Corporate Accountability, Citizen News Service (CNS), Project on Organizing, Development, Education, and Research (PODER), Sierra Leone Network on the Right to Food (SiLNoRF), Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida, Natural Resource Women Platform, FIAN International, and Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALSEAN-Burma) —who collectively worked with the Secretariat and the art studio Zago Brothers (Instagram: @zagowork)(link is external) to make this first episode possible.