The Trade Justice Movement has published model Sustainable Regulation and Trade Agreements for the EU-UK relationship, which have been developed in partnership with trade unions, environmental organisations and justice groups.
The destructive effects of these free trade agreements signed with the EU are already clearly visible in the majority of countries of the South.
Here’s what a progressive trade agenda that actually protects people and planet would actually look like.
Instead of imagining trade as an end in itself, or as the driver of job creation and production, we should think about trade as a support mechanism for well-defined political goals centered on improving the lives of working people.
Progressive politicians need to not just react to the neoliberal trade agenda and its right-wing disruptors, but radically transform the rules governing North American trade.
The report critically analyzes the USMCA and sets out alternatives that would give priority to human rights and the rights of nature over corporate rights.
Former Japanese minister Yamada joined forces with 150 lawyers that have challenged as unconstitutional both the TPP agreement and the government’s decision to abolish the seed protection law.
Trade is for and about people. It should never be separated from its social context. Trade should improve people’s lives and the public good.
The panel on a sustainable world at the hui in October 2018 on What an Alternative and Progressive Trade Strategy for New Zealand argued for major changes to address pressing environmental issues.
Opposition to “free” trade is clearly growing. Less clear are the alternatives to free trade that might emerge.
The hui on What an Alternative and Progressive Trade Strategy Should Look Like at Auckland University’s Fale Pasifika attracted a remarkable 16,831 pageviews over the two days of live-streaming.
Our aim is to move beyond campaigns to stop these deals one by one, and create popular and political momentum for a genuinely alternative agenda.
19 – 20 October 2018. Fale Pasifika, University Of Auckland.
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.