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Statement of the "Treaty Alliance Germany" on the draft for a legally binding UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights (»Zero Draft«)

TreatyAlliance_2ndStatement_image_jpgThe Treaty Alliance Germany, an association of more than 20 German non-governmental organisations, has published a new statement. The Treaty Alliance Germany welcomes the draft for a UN Human Rights Treaty to regulate transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights ("Zero Draft"). The chairmanship of the intergovernmental working group has thus created an important basis for the negotiations during the forthcoming fourth working session from 15 to 19 October 2018 in Geneva. Members of the Treaty Alliance Germany attend the 4th session and have delivered an oral statement, expressing their dissatisfaction of the fact that after three working sessions and three months after the publication of the Zero Draft, the EU and its member states are still not willing to enter discussions on the content of the treaty.This is not in line with the EU’s self-conception that human rights are core values that the EU promotes around the world. It is also not in line with Germany’s foreign policy, which regards human rights as the basic tenet.

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Philanthrocapitalism in global health and nutrition: analysis and implications

Philantrocapitalism_DiscussionPaper_10-2018Over the last two decades, the philanthropic sector has grown in terms of the number of foundations, the size of their annual giving, and the scope of their activities. Spending concentrates on certain selected areas, especially health, education, and nutrition. Civil society organizations, scientists, and the media have finally started to devote more attention and research to the growing influence of philanthropic foundations in global development, in particular with regard to the influential members of philanthrocapitalism. Through their grant-making, personal networking and active advocacy, large global foundations play an overwhelmingly active role in shaping the global development agenda and in setting the funding priorities for international institutions and national governments alike. A new discussion paper by Nicoletta Dentico and Karolin Seitz presents major areas of concern in particular with regard to the arena of global health and nutrition and formulates recommendations to political decision-makers.

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Workshops: Mehr Partizipation? Gestärkter Multilateralismus?

Workshops_HLPF_Zivilgesellschaft_Agenda_2030_-_Einladung_und_ProgrammkUm den globalen Umwelt- und Entwicklungsproblemen unter dem Dach der Vereinten Nationen besser begegnen zu können, haben die Regierungen das Hochrangige Politische Forum für nachhaltige Entwicklung (High-Level Political Forum, HLPF) gegründet. Es ist das zentrale UN-Gremium für nachhaltige Entwicklung und soll hauptsächlich die Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 und ihrer globalen Nachhaltigkeitsziele (Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) überwachen. Im September 2019 tagt das Forum erstmals als globaler Nachhaltigkeitsgipfel auf Ebene der Staats- und Regierungschefs. Außerdem steht ein erster „Review“ seiner Arbeit an. 

Eine wachsende Zahl zivilgesellschaftlicher Organisationen nutzt die Agenda 2030 und die SDGs als Referenzrahmen und ist aktiv daran beteiligt, sie in der Öffentlichkeit bekannter zu machen und von der Politik ihre Verwirklichung einzufordern. Von der kommunalen bis zur globalen Ebene haben sich dabei neue Netzwerke und Allianzen gebildet. Kann der Umsetzungsprozess der Agenda 2030 zur Stärkung fortschrittlicher zivilgesellschaftlicher Organisationen und der dauerhaften Bildung neuer gesellschaftlicher Bündnisse führen? Hat sich durch die Agenda 2030 die Rolle zivilgesellschaftlicher Organisationen in den Konsultationen der Vereinten Nationen verändert? Wie sehen ihre praktischen Mitwirkungsmöglichkeiten aus?

Diese und weitere Fragen sollen bei zwei Workshops am 14. und 15. November in Bonn mit Ihnen diskutieren.

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Pressekonferenz: So geht Nachhaltigkeit!

Cover_So_geht_Nachhaltigkeit_online_kleinMit den Zielen für nachhaltige Entwicklung (SDGs) haben die Regierungen den neuen Rahmen für die globale Nachhaltigkeitspolitik der kommenden zwölf Jahre abgesteckt. Im SDG-Report 2018 finden Sie eine Bandbreite an Vorzeige-Aktivitäten, wie wir uns in Deutschland sozial gerechter und ökologisch sauber organisieren können. Für Journalisten bietet der diesjährige Bericht eine Fülle an Hintergründen für die bundespolitische Berichterstattung genauso wie an Geschichten, was alles auf lokaler und regionaler Ebene läuft. In 17 Beispielen wird gezeigt, was zivilgesellschaftliche Organisationen und Initiativen alles für Nachhaltigkeit und Menschenrechtsschutz leisten, obwohl sie politisch häufig nicht unterstützt werden. Auf diese Weise wird die Agenda 2030 greifbar und konkret heruntergebrochen.

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Lunch Briefing: WHO sets the Global Health agenda?

WHO_sets_lunch_briefing_coverTo coincide with the World Health Summit and the Grand Challenges Conference of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Berlin, Global Policy Forum, Brot fuer die Welt, medico international, and MISEREOR invite you to discuss the benefits, risks and side-effects of the WHO’s engagement with philanthropic foundations, and reflect on how the WHO can be strengthened in order to fulfill its responsibilities. Speakers will include representatives from the German Ministry of Health, the WHO (tbc) and international civil society.

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Konferenz: Mehr Mut zu Multilateralismus

Logos_Mehr_Mut_zu_Multilateralismus_2018_kleinVor dem Hintergrund eines schwierigen multilateralen Umfelds ist die Bundesregierung bereit, mehr globale Verantwortung zu übernehmen. Laut Koalitionsvertrag sei es die „überragende“ Aufgabe deutscher Politik „auf Regeln basierende internationale Kooperationen, Institutionen und Organisationen [...] zu stärken und weiterzuentwickeln. Unser Ziel ist eine gerechte Gestaltung der Globalisierung im Sinne der Agenda 2030“ für nachhaltige Entwicklung. Die Eröffnung der 73. Generalversammlung der Vereinten Nationen nehmen wir zum Anlass, mit Vertreterinnen und Vertretern von Regierung, Bundestag, Wissenschaft und Zivilgesellschaft darüber zu diskutieren, wie die Bundesregierung ihrem selbstformulierten Anspruch gerecht werden kann, solidarisch, multilateral und partnerschaftlich zu handeln. Schlaglichtartig werden wir zentrale Politikfelder analysieren und erörtern, inwiefern deutsche Politik zur Erarbeitung und Umsetzung multilateraler Abkommen und Lösungsansätze beiträgt bzw. diese erschwert oder gar verhindert. Zu diesem spannenden Austausch laden wir Sie herzlich ein.

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SDG-implementation at national level: What's the point of national reports?

20180713_HLPF_Side_Event_National_Reports_InvitationThe national voluntary reporting to the High Level Political Forum of ECOSOC is a practice that has gained traction, as dozens of governments are volunteering each year to participate and contribute their VNRs. A number of CSOs have prepared their own shadow or spotlight reports to follow-up on their governments efforts to implement the 2030-Agenda. Rising inequalities and the need to substantially change policies to achieve the SDGs is a common theme in many of them. Is there a meaningful dialogue between the official and the alternative reports? What is the value of the whole exercise? At a side-event und July 13 in New York, we aim to share experiences of CSO shadow reports on national implementation and engage government and CSO-representatives in a discussion on national implementation, CSO participation and accountability.

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Conversation with the authors of Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018

Spotlight_2018_cover_thumbThe world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development. Fundamental policy changes are necessary to unleash the transformative potential of the SDGs. In particular, there is a need for more coherent fiscal and regulatory policies and a whole-of-government approach towards sustainability. These are the main messages of the Spotlight Report 2018, the most comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The Spotlight Report 2018 describes policies, resources and actions that are necessary to implement the 2030 Agenda. It highlights strategies and approaches which depart from business-as-usual and prioritize fulfilment of human rights and respect for planetary boundaries.

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Treaty Alliance letter to UN Member States

TA_letter_June2018On the occasion of the current open informal consultations in Geneva on a legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (“UN-Treaty”) more than 430 civil society organizations globally have signed a letter to UN Member States. They call on all UN Member States to engage without delay in this stage of the process in active and constructive negotiations of the substance of the treaty to improve the human rights of communities and people affected by the operations of TNCs and OBEs and their access to effective remedy, and to put an end to corporate impunity for human rights abuses.

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Neues Briefing: Regeln zu Wirtschaft und Menschenrechten - Wirtschaftslobby gegen jegliche Verbindlichkeit und wie die Politik darauf reagiert

Briefing_0518_Wirtschaftslobby_NAPIn den letzten Jahrzehnten haben Regierungen eine Reihe von Maßnahmen initiiert, um Unternehmen zur Einhaltung von Menschenrechten in ihren Aktivitäten zu bewegen. Seit Jahren versuchen Interessenvertretungen der Wirtschaft, verbindliche Regeln im Bereich Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte international und national zu verhindern – mit Erfolg. In Deutschland zeigte sich dies im Jahr 2016, als die deutschen Unternehmensvertretungen alle Hebel in Bewegung setzten, jegliche Verbindlichkeit im deutschen Nationalen Aktionsplan für Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte (NAP) zu verhindern. Ein neues Briefing von Brot für die Welt, Global Policy Forum und MISEREOR veranschaulicht, wie die Wirtschaftslobby die Einführung einer menschenrechtlichen Sorgfaltspflicht der Wirtschaft verhinderte. Es zeigt auf, wie die Unternehmensverbände versuchen, ähnliche Regelungen auf internationaler Ebene, darunter dem Europarat, bei der OECD und im Menschenrechtsrat der Vereinten Nationen abzuwehren.

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EU civil society call on the EU to substantively contribute to the treaty negotiations

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Today civil society groups from the EU member states have gathered at the UN in Geneva to support the Intergovernmental Working Group tasked with developing a binding instrument to ensure that businesses respect human rights. Last year valuable time and energy was wasted by attempts to hold up the process.We look forward to being able to get to grips with the real challenges, in the light of the very real dangers that communities, workers, activists and human rights defenders face now if they challenge business interests. In a joint letter, EU civil society organisations call on the EU to contribute substantively to the negotiations on the Zero Draft Treaty on Business and Human Rights.





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Stellungnahme der Treaty Alliance Deutschland zum "Zero Draft"

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Vom 15. bis 19. Oktober 2018 tagt die zwischenstaatliche Arbeitsgruppe zur Erarbeitung eines verbindlichen Abkommens zur Einhaltung der Menschenrechte durch Unternehmen zum vierten Mal im UN-Menschenrechtsrat in Genf. Sie berät über den Entwurf für ein solches Abkommen, den der ecuadorianische Vorsitz im Juli vorgelegt hatte. In ihrer neuen Stellungnahme begrüßt die Treaty Alliance Deutschland, ein Zusammenschluss von zwanzig zivilgesellschaftlichen Organisationen, den "Zero Draft" und empfiehlt gleichzeitig Präzisierungen und Ergänzungen des vorliegenden Entwurfs.

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Pressemitteilung: „So geht Nachhaltigkeit!“

Cover_So_geht_Nachhaltigkeit_online_kleinDurch den Bericht „So geht Nachhaltigkeit! Deutschland und die globale Nachhaltigkeits-Agenda 2018“ werden die Ziele für nachhaltige Entwicklung greifbar und konkret heruntergebrochen. Der Band dokumentiert beispielsweise, wie junge Menschen in Deutschland aus der Armut geholt werden, wie sich ein „Volksentscheid Fahrrad“ erfolgreich durchgesetzt hat, wie durch das Modell der Gemeindekrankenpfleger_innen auch Leben im globalen Süden gerettet werden kann, wie nachhaltig praktische Nachbarschaftshilfe wirkt, wie Strom, Wasser und Wohnungen durch öffentliche und genossenschaftliche Erzeugung bezahlbar für alle bleibt, welche Wirkung „Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung“ auf die jüngere Generation haben kann, wie Recht und Gesetz das Klima schützen und welche kreativen Protest- und Widerstandsformen es gibt.

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Public Event: Changing Course for Sustainable Development

Flyer_-_FES-UNRISD_-_Launch_Spotlight_Report_2018“The world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development and fundamental policy changes are necessary to unleash the transformative potential of the SDGs.” This is the main message of the Spotlight Report 2018. At this event, co-organized by UNRISD and FES, some of the key findings and recommendations of this year’s global Spotlight Report will be presented and discussed from various perspectives.

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Briefing: Das HLPF 2018

GPF-Briefing_0818_HLPF_klVom 9. bis 18. Juli 2018 tagte in New York das Hochrangige Politische Forum (HLPF) der Vereinten Nationen. Es ist das zentrale UN-Gremium für nachhaltige Entwicklung und soll hauptsächlich die Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 und ihrer globalen Nachhaltigkeitsziele (SDGs) überwachen. Das HLPF ist ein zwischenstaatliches Forum, an dem alle 193 Mitgliedsstaaten der Vereinten Nationen teilnehmen können. Zusätzlich haben Vertreter/innen gesellschaftlicher Gruppen und Organisationen weitgehende Beteiligungsmöglichkeiten. Das Forum hat allerdings weder konkrete Entscheidungskompetenzen noch eine direkte Koordinationsfunktion gegenüber Regierungen und UN-Organisationen. Es dient in erster Linie dem Erfahrungsaustausch über Strategien zur Umsetzung der Agenda 2030, der Präsentation nationaler (Erfolgs-)Stories und der Analyse von Hindernissen und Rückschritten bei der Verwirklichung der SDGs. Jens Martens analysiert die Ergebnisse des HLPF 2018.

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Sustainable development needs fundamental policy changes

Spotlight_2018_cover_thumb“The world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development and fundamental policy changes are necessary to unleash the transformative potential of the SDGs.” This is the main message of the Spotlight Report 2018, the most comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The report is launched on the opening day of the High Level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York by a global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions. When UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda, they signaled with the title 'Transforming our World' that it should trigger fundamental changes in politics and society, argues the report. Yet, “three years after its adoption, most governments have failed to turn the vision of the 2030 Agenda into real policies. Even worse, policies in a growing number of countries are moving in the opposite direction, seriously undermining the spirit and the goals of the 2030 Agenda.” The Spotlight 2018 report focuses on policies that are needed and, as the authors underline, “possible”.

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Highjacking the SDGs? The Private Sector and the SDGs

Analyse78-en-v08klAt the United Nations (UN) summit in September 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was adopted by all UN member states. The Agenda gives a comprehensive framework for a global socio-ecological transformation. Along with governments, various actors have been involved in the development of the SDGs, and are now part of implementation strategies. This is the case for organizations (CSOs) and academia as well as the business sector. As a matter of fact, the 2030 Agenda gives the private sector a significant role. The call for business engagement in the 2030 Agenda has been answered by various corporations and corporate lobby groups. Already during the SDG negotiations, the private sector was intensively engaged through many different channels. Now, with the adoption of the goals, several corporations have pledged their support for the SDGs or evaluated the relevance of the SDGs for their own business activities. The idea of business involvement with the SDG is trending but so far there is little systematic analysis: In which way are businesses engaging with the SDGs? What is the actual impact on sustainability of businesses’ SDG activities? And which strategies are needed in order to better align business activities with the transformative Agenda of the SDGs?

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Side-event: Partnership or Business Case?

Side_Event_HLPF_2018__Business_and_SDG_invitationAmong civil society organizations (CSOs), the increased involvement of the private sector in sustainable development has received mixed responses. Some CSOs welcome more business involvement as a necessary recognition of responsibility and a shift in the understanding of the private sector’s role in society. As a result, various partnerships between CSOs, governments and the private sector have emerged. Other CSOs view the growing involvement of the private sector in sustainable development critically. The democratic legitimation of this trend as well as the budgetary rationale of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) is being questioned as governments hand over more of their duties and power to private companies, particularly in the social sector. Some CSOs view this as a further push towards the privatization of public goods and services and worry about a new form of greenwashing with the SDGs. At a side-event to the 2018 HLPF, we will discuss: What are the activities and strategies of private sector actors in SDG implementation? Does private sector involvement lead to more sustainability and better implementation of the SDGs? Does it positively affect business models and behavior in the long run? What are criteria and political frameworks for private sector engagement in SDG implementation? What are recommendations for the private sector, governments and civil society organizations with regard to sustainable development?

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Warnings of a new global financial crisis

South-Centre-Logo-with-tagline_EN-e1501254200582"There are increasing warnings of an imminent new financial crisis, not only from the billionaire investor George Soros, but also from eminent economists associated with the Bank for International Settlements, the bank of central banks. The warnings come at a moment when there are signs of international capital flowing out of some emerging economies, including Turkey, Argentina and Indonesia. Some economists have been warning that the boom-bust cycle in capital flows to developing countries will cause disruption, when there is a turn from boom to bust," analyzes South Centre's Executive Director Martin Khor.

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Remedies for Cross-Border Human Rights Violations: A Status Report on the Binding Treaty on TNCs and other Business Enterprises

gpf_logo_4cTo implement the 2030 Agenda many in the international community have proclaimed a need to go from “billions to trillions” of dollars. Certainly, the transformation of our world requires fundamental changes in the way our societies produce and consume goods and services. At the international level, instruments to hold corporations accountable for human rights abuses and the violation of social and environmental standards are weak. Victims of human rights violations by corporations often face insurmountable barriers to access justice. A regulation gap exists especially with regard to corporations operating transnationally. Against this background, the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution of 26 June 2014 establishing an open-ended intergovernmental working group (OEIGWG) to elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate within the scope of international human rights law and the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises deserve to be called historic. At this public event the panelists will discuss how a binding treaty could overcome obstacles for remedy in cases of cross-border human rights violations by TNCs. It will further inform about the state of the treaty process and next steps to be taken.

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