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More than 400 civil society organisations say: Leave the ECT by COP26
More than 400 are calling on political leaders across all European countries to prioritise climate policies, to stick to their climate commitments, and therefore to initiate withdrawal from the Energy Charter Treaty by COP26.
Nigerian govt asked not to ascent to Energy Charter Treaty
Nigerian labour unions and civil society organizations have urged the government not to assent to the ECT, explaining that the Treaty contains provisions for an Investor-State Dispute System (ISDS), which accords investors obscene privileges.
In honour of Aziz Choudry
The teams at GRAIN and bilaterals.org are extremely sad to share the news that we have lost a great comrade and friend, Aziz Choudry.
Farmers to protest against Australia tariff-free trade deal
Fed-up farmers are preparing to stage protests over UK government plans to sign tariff-free trade deals with Australia and other countries, which they fear could lead to a flood of cheap food imports.
Tech liability shield has no place in trade deals, groups say
The organizations said including a legal shield for tech companies in trade deals “reflects a broad effort by the big tech platforms to use ‘trade negotiations’ to limit domestic policy options.”
Unmasking the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
CPEC is an essential component of the Belt and Road Initiative, intended on creating new production sites and trade routes to connect China better with the rest of the world.
Thailand postpones CPTPP signing for 50 more days
Following the hashtag #NOCPTPP trending due to resistance directed at Thailand’s participation in the CPTPP, it has been explained that the Cabinet has only agreed to grant the Prime Minister another 50 days to consider the issue to ensure thoroughness.
Twenty years ago rabble.ca helped kill a free trade deal for the Americas
20,000 civil society activists, trade unionists and environmentalists from throughout the Americas descended on Quebec City, where an alternative peoples’ summit was held.
What’s next? Kenya-UK Economic Partnership Agreement
The story of Econews Africa’s engagement with Kenyan parliamentarians and their advocacy efforts through media sensitisation and public interest litigation around the Kenya-UK EPA.
ACTU condemns Morrison Government for pressing ahead with new trade agreement with military regime in Myanmar
The ACTU has condemned the Federal Government at an inquiry hearing into Myanmar today for pressing ahead with ratifying the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement which includes trade with Myanmar.
First labor rights claim under the revised NAFTA filed by migrant worker women in the US — what does it mean in terms of the new labor rulebook in the region?
The complaint represents many organizations’ intentions to test if the revised NAFTA’s labor terms could be an effective tool to improve workers’ conditions.
How corporate courts block climate action
Corporate courts are an unjust mechanism that can block climate action. The UK should reject them.
ASEAN’s fate hangs in an RCEP balance
In a virtual press conference held today, new evidence from a UN economist shows that the RCEP, a mega FTA recently signed by ASEAN and five trading partners Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and South Korea, will negatively impact ASEAN, especially its trade balance.
EU trade deal set to increase harmful meat imports
The EU plans to increase the number of destructive products on supermarket shelves with the proposed EU-Mercosur trade deal, reveals a report.
A new environmentalist playbook
An improbable victory in El Salvador offers lessons for grassroots activists worldwide.
Stop EU-Mercosur coalition statement
More than 450 organizations launch a joint statement calling on governments to stop the EU-Mercosur agreement.
EFTA insists on the UPOV clause in negotiating mandates for free trade agreements (FTAs)
EFTA’s response to the June 2020 open letter, supported by 250 organisations from around the world, is disappointing. EFTA maintains the UPOV 91 requirement in FTAs. The right to seeds therefore remains under pressure.
Kenya Small Scale Farmers Forum & ECONEWS Africa court case challenging the Kenya-UK Economic Partnership Agreement
The case was filed this monday at the Constitutional and Human Rights Division, and seeks to compel the Government to ensure transparency and effective public participation before the agreement is made into law by the National Assembly.
Green party TD: Legal opinion that Ceta deal is unconstitutional
Dublin South Central representative Patrick Costello lodged the proceedings over whether a referendum would be needed on the controversial trade deal.
Kenyan small scale farmers sue government over UK trade pact
Kenya small scale farmers are seeking to stop the government from entering into a trade pact with UK, claiming that the deal will hurt the rural farmers as their products will have to compete with those from UK.