The Political Network for Values: Global Far- Right at the United Nations
On November 17, 2023, a gathering was hosted at the United Nation’s New York City headquarters by the Political Network for Values (PNfV), a major organizing nexus for the global far-right. Founded almost a decade ago, the benignly named PNfV has largely flown under the radar. In this time, the group has blossomed into a key networking hub and training ground for far-right activists and political leaders seeking to diminish or extinguish minorities rights and depreciate multilateral human rights systems—including the United Nations itself.
To advance their goals, PNfV brings together an impressive roster of senior government officials, legislators, and well-connected civil society leaders to organize against the human rights they contend are incompatible with their values. In addition to developing and promoting regressive policies in state and national legislatures around the world, and undermining human rights standards at the UN, the PNfV network is also securing the longevity of this movement by training the next generation of youth leaders.
This meeting comes at a time of global anxiety, particularly over efforts to weaken multilateral spaces like the UN, the European Union, and the Organization of American States. Because it is easy to overlook such an under-advertised meeting, this report will illuminate PNfV’s far-right ambitions, its finances, its growing global reach, and its ability to adopt a mainstream appearance—a goal advanced by holding a meeting seemingly under the United Nation’s auspices.
The global human rights community must critically examine PNfV’s role as a far-right organizer and pay serious attention to the ideologies and actions of its members, sponsors, and strategic partners. This includes interrogating their extremist ties and holding them to the light. This report spotlights the genesis of PNfV, its leadership, funding, and what happens after their summits conclude. PNfV’s tagline—“How far can we get?”—telegraphs the group’s ambition. Given their ability to breach the halls of the UN, despite how their work violates the mandate and spirit of this ostensibly august body, now is the time to understand what drives this shadowy group.