Berlin, 14 July 2021 - Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Mohammad Yunus and 66 leading civil society organisations, forming the People’s Vaccine Alliance, have called on Germany to suspend patents on Covid-19 vaccines as Chancellor Merkel travels to the US to meet with US President Joe Biden this Thursday. Dozens of demonstrations and events will take place in Germany and at German consulates across the US, mounting pressure on Merkel to join the Biden administration in supporting a waiver at the [...]
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22 July 2020| ROSA LUXEMBURGSTIFTUNG ET AL.
An international study published by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Biba, Bread for the World, FIAN Germany, Forum on Environment and Development, INKOTA-netzwerk, IRPAD, PELUM Zambia, Tabio, and TOAM documents the dramatic negative impacts of the Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA) on small-scale food producers in the 13 African countries the initiative focuses on.
Corporate influence through the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in [...]
Who controls the process, who owns the results? UN Monitor #2
By Barbara Adams and Karen Judd
Statisticians from around the world, meeting at the UN Statistical Commission in March, will again take stock of progress in the world of data over the previous 12 months, largely driven by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The official report on filling the gaps in the global indicator framework—a clear priority of the 2018 Commission—show that while some progress has been made much has stalled [...]
On the Role of the Private Sector in Development
Model clauses for a UN Treaty on transnational corporations, other businesses and human rights
Civil Society Letter to the IPCC Chair, Dr. Hoesung Lee and the IPCC Bureau
UN expert body takes new steps to prevent corporate tax abuses, but more is needed to ensure companies pay their fair share and stop depleting the resources needed to realize human rights.
Advancing investigations and prosecutions in human rights cases
By Coline Charrasse
The Tribunal of Monsanto was held from October 14th to October 16th in The Hague, Netherlands at the headquarters of the International Court of Justice.
For two days, agrochemical victims, experts, and witnesses from around the world shared their experiences with five internationally renowned judges in order to assess Monsanto’s activities, particularly in terms of the right to food, the right to health, the right to a healthy environment, and the right to information.
Corinne Lepage, the former French Minister [...]
Lessons from SOMO's Multinational Corporations in Conflict-Affected Areas programme
An attack on us, our planet, and democracy
by Shiney Varghese, Sr. Policy Analyst, IATP
On 21 September 2016 the newly convened High Level Panel on Water (HLPW), called for a fundamental shift in the way the world looks at water. Supported by the World Economic Forum and its water initiative, the HLPW was formed to help “build the political momentum” to deliver on the UN mandated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on “water and related targets” that the UN member [...]
A different perspective on Tax Inspectors Without Borders
The hidden powers co-writing TTIP
The online awards organised by Corporate Europe Observatory, Friends of the Earth Europe, LobbyControl and WeMove.EU focuses on big industry lobbies influencing the ongoing TTIP negotiations. For the fourth year, the EU-US trade negotiations are continuing behind closed doors, despite the far-reaching consequences which a deal will have on consumer protection, health and environmental standards, as well as democratic decision making in Europe.
Even though citizens have every right and reason to be concerned about this prospect, negotiation texts remain [...]