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Oral Statement of the Treaty Alliance Germany during the 5th session of the UN working group on a Treaty on Business and Human Rights

16. Oktober 2019 - 12:22

In its oral statement during the UN negotiations on a Treaty on Business and Human Rights, Treaty Alliance Germany, consisting of 27 civil society organisations welcomes the improvements achieved with the Revised Draft, especially that it places a special focus on improved access to justice and remedies for those affected by human rights violations or environmental destruction. It expresses its regrets that after four sessions of the working group, the EU still has not resolved the question of the mandate and is not engaging constructively in this process. This is particularly true since there is currently a strong momentum in the EU for human rights due diligence legislation. Therefore, it should be of particular interest to the EU and its member states to constructivelyncontribute to the historic chance to establish an international “level playing field” regarding mandatory human rights due diligence and to ensure the successful continuation of the treaty process. In this regard, Germany should not hide behind the EU and engage actively in the process.

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Tag 2 der Verhandlungen für ein UN-Abkommen für Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte - Bericht

16. Oktober 2019 - 10:31

Während sich die Bundesregierung weiter dahinter versteckt, dass die Frage des EU-Verhandlungsmandats noch nicht geklärt ist und man sich nur im Block mit der EU äußern werde, war der zweite Verhandlungstag durch Beiträge von Spanien und Frankreich geprägt, für die diese Beschränkungen anscheinend nicht gelten. Inhaltlich ging es am zweiten Tag um die wichtigen Themen des Anwendungsbereiches eines zukünftigen Abkommens, die Frage, welche Rechte Betroffene von wirtschaftsbezogenen Menschenrechtsverletzungen haben und welche Maßnahmen Staaten als auch Unternehmen ergreifen müssen, um Schäden zu verhindern. Es zeigte sich erneut, dass Staaten, die auf nationaler Ebene ihre Verantwortung wahrnehmen und Unternehmen zur Beachtung menschenrechtlicher Sorgfalt verpflichten, auch auf internationaler Ebene voranschreiten.

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Declaration of Civil Society Organisations at the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings

16. Oktober 2019 - 9:22
Photo: IMF Photo

In a joint declaration, 35 civil society organisations reject the IMF austerity policies implemented in Ecuador, Argentina and Haiti, with agreements that include the restriction of public investment, reduction of labor rights, establish tax amnesties for the corporate sector and trigger a continued deterioration in public services. This is not the way to either prevent or resolve a crisis. The IMF has to change its austerity and deregulatory structural reform policies. Countries must have access to financing with sovereignty over their economic policies and in a a way that the State can guarantee human rights, civil and political, as well as economic and social rights, in line with their Constitutions and international treaties, and with the participation of diverse sectors of society, including social movements of indigenous people, women and workers.

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Declaration of Civil Society Organisations at the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings

16. Oktober 2019 - 9:22
Photo: IMF Photo

In a joint declaration, 35 civil society organisations reject the IMF austerity policies implemented in Ecuador, Argentina and Haiti, with agreements that include the restriction of public investment, reduction of labor rights, establish tax amnesties for the corporate sector and trigger a continued deterioration in public services. This is not the way to either prevent or resolve a crisis. The IMF has to change its austerity and deregulatory structural reform policies. Countries must have access to financing with sovereignty over their economic policies and in a a way that the State can guarantee human rights, civil and political, as well as economic and social rights, in line with their Constitutions and international treaties, and with the participation of diverse sectors of society, including social movements of indigenous people, women and workers.

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Auftakt zum UN-Abkommen für Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte: EU schaltet auf stumm

15. Oktober 2019 - 9:14

In Genf haben am 14. Oktober die Verhandlungen über den Entwurf eines UN-Abkommens für Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte begonnen. Laut Entwurf müssen Staaten die Unternehmen gesetzlich zur Achtung von Menschenrechten im In- und Ausland verpflichten sowie Betroffenen von Menschenrechtsverletzungen den Zugang zu Gerichten erleichtern: eine historische Chance, den Vorrang von Menschenrechten vor Profitinteressen in der globalisierten Wirtschaft völkerrechtlich festzuschreiben.

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Neues Briefing: Der SDG-Gipfel der Vereinten Nationen 2019

14. Oktober 2019 - 12:15

Am 24. und 25. September 2019 trafen sich Staats- und Regierungschefs bei den Vereinten Nationen in New York, um die Fort- (bzw. Rück-)schritte bei der Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 und ihrer Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung (SDGs) zu erörtern. Die Veranstaltung war der erste UN-Gipfel zu den SDGs seit der Verabschiedung der Agenda 2030 im September 2015. Weit größere politische und mediale Beachtung erfuhr der Klimaaktionsgipfel, zu dem der UN-Generalsekretär am Tag davor eingeladen hatte. Dies lag nicht zuletzt an der Präsenz junger Klimaaktivist/innen, allen voran Greta Thunberg. Flankiert wurde der SDG-Gipfel zudem durch weitere hochrangige Veranstaltungen zu den Themen Gesundheit, Entwicklungsfinanzierung und der Unterstützung kleiner Inselstaaten. Verbindliche Beschlüsse brachte keiner dieser Gipfel. Dies war angesichts der weltpolitischen Großwetterlage auch nicht zu erwarten. Stattdessen kündigten Regierungen, UN-Organisationen, Unternehmen und Nichtregierungsorganisationen eine Vielzahl freiwilliger Initiativen und Selbstverpflichtungen zur Verwirklichung der SDGs an. Ein neues Briefing von Jens Martens befasst sich mit den Ergebnissen, Konflikten und den weiteren Aussichten im 2030-Prozess.

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The social costs of IMF policies in Ecuador

14. Oktober 2019 - 11:14

Protests on the streets of the Ecuadorian capital Quito erupted in the beginning of October 2019 following the abandonment of state subsidies on the price of gasoline and diesel. The cutbacks are part of structural reform conditionalities that secured the government of Lenín Moreno a loan of US$ 4.2 billion by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). These conditionalities are very likely to contribute to the worsening of the social situation in the country. The uprisings should therefore also steer the view towards the role of the IMF, its loan policies and subsequent social effects thereof.

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Opening Statement of the Treaty Alliance: Time for constructive engagement from the EU and Member States on the content of the Revised Draft of the Binding Treaty

11. Oktober 2019 - 14:02

59 member organizations of the Treaty Alliance demand in their joint opening statement for the upcoming negotiation round in Geneva constructive engagement from the EU and Member States on the content of the Revised Darft of the Binding Treaty. More than ever, citizens are mobilizing for action to stop climate change and corporate activities damaging our shared environment, health and future. Fires in the Amazon point to complicity of mining, agribusiness and the food industry in demand and supply of products and materials causing deforestation and violence against human rights defenders and indigenous peoples. These events show why an international agreement is needed to respond to the harm that transnational corporations and global value chains can cause, and to address the insufficient regulation by national governments of transnational corporate activity. The Inter-Governmental Working Group (IGWG) gives us a timely opportunity to make progress with a legal instrument at the international level which can complement and reinforce national and regional rules, such as with the multiple developments regarding mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence.

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Statement of the Treaty Alliance Germany on the revised draft for a legally binding UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights

10. Oktober 2019 - 11:16

On the basis of in-depth consultations with governments, researchers and civil society, the Ecuadorian Chairman Emilio Rafael Izquierdo Miño published a consolidated draft agreement (»Revised Draft«) in July 2019. This document will serve as the basis for "substantive negotiations" during the upcoming fifth session of the working group, to be held in Geneva from 14 to 18 October 2019. In its new statement the Treaty Alliance Germany communicates its views on the provisions contained in the Revised Draft.

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Extractive Industries and Violation of Women’s Rights: Between partnerships and regulation – two diverging ways to tackle the problem at the UN

9. Oktober 2019 - 18:11

From October 14 to 18, 2019, the intergovernmental working group to elaborate a binding instrument to regulate transnational business enterprises and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (OEIGWG) will convene for the 5thtime in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The new briefing paper “Extractive Industries and Women’s Rights: Between partnerships and regulation – two diverging ways to tackle the problem at the UN”, published by AWID, DAWN, Global Policy Forum and Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung presents how women are disproportionately affected by negative social and environmental impacts of extractive industries. The briefing also explains why a new partnership between UN Women and BHP Billiton, launched in June 2018, is very problematic. Similar to UN Women, other United Nations (UN) entities are trying to attract partnerships with the corporate sector. As the case of UN Women shows, potential risks and side-effects of such partnerships are often not properly addressed. These risks should also be considered in the preparation of the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women and the 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration commemorative events in 2020. Corporate involvement in these events should only play a limited role.

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Extractive Industries and Violation of Women’s Rights: Between partnerships and regulation – two diverging ways to tackle the problem at the UN

9. Oktober 2019 - 18:11

From October 14 to 18, 2019, the intergovernmental working group to elaborate a binding instrument to regulate transnational business enterprises and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (OEIGWG) will convene for the 5thtime in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The new briefing paper “Extractive Industries and Women’s Rights: Between partnerships and regulation – two diverging ways to tackle the problem at the UN”, published by AWID, DAWN, Global Policy Forum and Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung presents how women are disproportionately affected by negative social and environmental impacts of extractive industries. The briefing also explains why a new partnership between UN Women and BHP Billiton, launched in June 2018, is very problematic. Similar to UN Women, other United Nations (UN) entities are trying to attract partnerships with the corporate sector. As the case of UN Women shows, potential risks and side-effects of such partnerships are often not properly addressed. These risks should also be considered in the preparation of the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women and the 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration commemorative events in 2020. Corporate involvement in these events should only play a limited role.

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UN Treaty - Side Event: Quo Vadis EU?

9. Oktober 2019 - 15:13
The Revised Draft of the UN Treaty on business and human rights builds on international standards in the area like the UN Guiding Principles on Business or the Human Rights and General Comment 24 of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights or. It reflects recent developments in Europe, like the French law on duty of vigilance, and initiatives for a national law on due diligence in Switzerland, Germany, Finland and Denmark. European institutions, UN bodies and other international organizations have repeatedly acknowledged the need for binding regulation to ensure business liability for human rights abuses and to improve access to justice for victims of corporate-related human rights abuses. As the various national initiatives increase the pressure for harmonization on EU level, the Finish (2019) and German (2020) presidency of the Council of the EU for have put an EU wide regulation on their agenda. In a joint side event on October 14, co-organized by members of the Treaty Alliance Germany and the EU Treaty Alliance, the links between current policies at EU and EU member state level and the proposals in the Revised Draft will be discussed.
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Save the Date: The IMF and Inequalities

8. Oktober 2019 - 16:23

The IMF has now recognized economic and gender inequality as issues that are core to its mandate, and claims it is playing key role in helping countries achieve SDG 10. However, evidence from the country-level suggests that IMF policy advice and loan conditions may in fact be exacerbating inequalities on multiple levels and dimensions (social; political; economic; generational). The event co-hosted by SID, CESR, ANND, DAWN, FES, GPF, TWN and Social Watch on 17th October 2019 will debate the tensions between IMF-advised structural adjustments and the need for systemic changes in monetary and financial governance at the global level to ensure governments can have fiscal and policy space to tackle inequalities and finance the SDGs.

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Pressemitteilung: Internationales Menschenrechtsabkommen - Bundesregierung muss sich zu Verhandlungen äußern

7. Oktober 2019 - 12:11

Am 14. Oktober beginnt in Genf die fünfte Verhandlungsrunde für ein UN-Abkommen zu Wirtschaft und Menschenrechten. Deutschland hat bereits angekündigt, sich an den aktuellen Verhandlungen nicht inhaltlich zu beteiligen. Aus diesem Grund fordert die Treaty Alliance Deutschland – ein breites Bündnis aus 27 zivilgesellschaftlichen Organisationen – die Bundesregierung und die EU auf, die Blockade zu beenden und tätig zu werden. Am heutigen „Tag der menschenwürdigen Arbeit“ rufen die Organisationen dazu auf, durch konstruktive Beteiligung an den Verhandlungen dafür zu sorgen, dass auf internationaler Ebene verbindliche Regeln zum Schutz von Menschenrechten und der Umwelt in globalen Produktionsverhältnissen geschaffen werden.

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