We urgently need a new trade regime which can help address global challenges and tackle problems like accelerating climate change, a broken agricultural model and loss of trust in democratic processes.
It is possible to effectively integrate the Paris Agreement into new trade deals, including CETA and the upcoming JEFTA with Japan.
It is now time we open up the dialogue on the kind of trade agreements that we want to see in place.
We have highlighted some of the main limitations of the approach taken and how greater accountability could be established in current agreements.
More than 300 experts, including high-level negotiators of international investment agreements and representatives from intergovernmental organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector convened in Geneva.
There is widespread consensus on the need to level the playing field for European companies confronted with environmental and social dumping from foreign competitors. Just how hard the EU should hit on wrongdoers remains a major sticking point, however.
How international investment treaties could promote more responsible investment and argues that, while some innovative practices are emerging, there is still much to do.
To transform NAFTA from a polluter-friendly deal into one that supports environmental protection, any renegotiation must include, at a minimum, these eight changes.
International investment agreement (IIA) reform has made significant progress.
The European Trade Union Confederation calls for a progressive European trade and investment policy with at its core the creation of decent jobs, the protection of fundamental rights and the interests of workers.
What a democratic UK trade policy after Brexit would look like.
The treaty is an important attempt by two developing countries to move toward a new generation of BITs fully aligned with the evolution of international law.
While the debate on the treaty regulating business impact on human rights is likely to continue for a while longer, some recent developments in international investment law seem to be moving forward on international human rights law obligations for businesses
Model clauses for a UN Treaty on transnational corporations, other businesses and human rights.
Globalisation is at a dangerous crossroads. One path leads to regained policy-space for governments to address climate change, inequality and other pressing issues of our times. The other leads to more rights for corporations to bully decision-makers.
To create good-paying jobs, eliminate threats to our communities and otherwise benefit the majority, NAFTA must be replaced with an agreement that includes these essential changes.
It is important that everyday working people’s perspectives lead the debate, starting with how to rewrite NAFTA.
Opinion on international trade and investment agreements : « Let us not sacrifice human rights for commercial interests - The example of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA) »
The heated debates generated in Europe by the signature of the CETA have revealed that the way the EU negotiates international economic and trade agreements as well as their content are challenged by an increasingly large segment of public opinion.
We urgently need a new approach to trade that prioritizes the needs of people and planet.