Politics

Agenda 2030

Alliance Sud advocates Swiss policies that are coherent across all issues and systematically aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda. Approved in the autumn of 2015 by 193 Heads of State, this framework for a new "world domestic policy" lays out 17 Sustainable Development Goals. They stand for fair and lasting balance between the social, environmental and economic fields – today and for future generations. Responsibility rests with both North and South; global and national interests ought not to be played off against one another. Together with Swiss non-governmental organizations, Alliance Sud monitors Switzerland's compliance of the SDGs.
Article AS news
12.1.2017

How can development funds be used effectively?

Having committed to common goals through the 2030 Agenda, the world community met in Nairobi to discuss what form of development cooperation can effectively contribute to attaining the agreed goals.
Political article
12.1.2017

SDGs: Swiss civil society gets organised

Alliance Sud, the Swiss Federation of Trade Unions, the Environment Alliance and the Centre for Peacebuilding are coordinating how the Swiss civil society can help the Sustainable Development Goals on the road to succes.
Article AS news
30.6.2016

2030 Agenda: Switzerland far off the mark

The international community will meet in New York in July to take stock of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Switzerland too will put forward its plans for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals.

Development policy

Alliance Sud monitors and analyses development cooperation policy, which is dominated by the industrialized countries. It supports the interest of developing countries and their peoples in helping to shape that policy in the UN framework and on an equal footing. In Switzerland, Alliance Sud militates for meaningful development cooperation that is not misused to pursue foreign economic policy, diplomatic or domestic policy ends. Besides, the aim of Alliance Sud is for Switzerland to devote 0.7% of its gross national income to development aid, as internationally agreed.
Article AS news
7.11.2016

The misguided policy of turning a blind eye

Also in Switzerland the "refugee crisis" is causing a stir. A few facts would be a useful input to this discussion.
Article AS news
24.10.2016

Learning from the rich how to save

Although the Finance Department regularly announces budget surpluses, development aid is to be cut yet again. What is not being mentioned is that Switzerland's taxation and debt levels are among the lowest.
Résumé
30.6.2016

Short-sighted savings at expense of the poorest

Massive cuts were made to the Confederation's 2016 development assistance budget. The Federal Council also cut back the credit lines in its Dispatch on Switzerland's International Cooperation 2017-2020.

Climate and environment

Alliance Sud advocates a Swiss environmental and climate policy that respects the limits of our planet and atmosphere. The basis for this lies in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, which strives to limit global warming to 1.5-2.0°C over the pre-industrial level. Not only must Switzerland reduce its CO₂ emissions to zero by 2040, it must also acknowledge its share of responsibility for the causes and effects of global climate change. The global South needs support in coping with the consequences of climate change. Alliance Sud is calling on Switzerland for a major financial commitment above and beyond traditional development assistance; climate financing cannot be at the cost of poverty reduction, education and health.
Article AS news
12.1.2017

Climate funds: Proposals shelved since 2011

For years now the Swiss Government has known how additional climate funds could be raised. A report to the Federal Cabinet on the matter makes a sudden reappearance and confirms what Alliance Sud has long advocated.
Article AS news
12.1.2017

Trump in Uganda

After Donald Trumps election victory in the USA, alook at the election reporting and reader contributions outside of the wealthy North is well worth.
Article AS news
14.1.2016

Selective solidarity

Switzerland's development spending under the 2016 budget and the 2017-19 Stabilization Programme is undergoing a massive cut. Comments by Mark Herkenrath, Director Alliance Sud.

Finance and tax policy

Alliance Sud advocates for a Swiss tax and finance policy that is in harmony with sustainable world development. As a member of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, it strives to combat worldwide tax avoidance by wealthy individuals and multinational enterprises, as tax flight undermines democracy and well-being worldwide. Switzerland bears very special responsibility in this regard, being still the world's largest offshore financial centre and a prominent tax haven. Alliance Sud militates in Switzerland for effective regulations on financial markets designed to promote the fair distribution of resources worldwide and contribute substantially to halting the economic exploitation of countries in the South.
Article AS news
12.1.2017

Corporate Tax Reform III: The new tax loophole

Corporate Tax Reform III was originally meant to eliminate the Swiss corporate tax haven. The notional interest deduction is now thwarting this intention entirely. It is also likely to harm developing countries.
Article AS news
3.10.2016

No more the sour apples!

The Apple tax avoidance scandal and the Federal Council's draft Law on Country-by-Country Reporting show that there is no way around publicly accessible corporate reporting by multinational corporations.
Article AS news
10.7.2016

Banking secrecy undead

Automatic financial account information exchange is reserved for a club of rich countries. Tax evaders from poor countries will still be able to conceal their money in Swiss accounts in the future.

Trade and investments

Alliance Sud analyses the rules of international trade and strives for them to be made more equitable. Negotiations in the multilateral framework of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are being increasingly supplanted by bilateral free trade agreements or partnership agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) or the Trade in Services Agreement TISA. Both are attempts initiated by industrialized countries to further deregulate markets and limit the capacity of States to defend their own interests. As pertains to investment protection agreements, Alliance Sud also champions not only the protection of human rights, environmental standards and the inclusion of the Sustainable Development Goals, but also the compliance and monitoring of them.
Article AS news
12.1.2017

TISA: Negotiations at a standstill

Even if the TISA negotiations were to be continued in 2017, they are still fraught with problems, especially regarding the liberalization of public services.
Political article
19.12.2016

Switzerland and TISA: the official position

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco) has replied to our opinion, published in Le Temps on December 6th. We publish it here, with the counter-reply and the arguments of its author, Isolda Agazzi.
Article AS news
20.10.2016

Philip Morris vs Uruguay: only a partial victory

Uruguay has won the year-long lawsuit concerning its anti-smoking policy against Philip Morris. The ruling might have been completely different, however.

Multinational enterprises

Alliance Sud is part of the broad coalition of Swiss non-governmental organizations that jointly launched the Responsible Business Initiative in the spring of 2015. In previous years, Government and Parliament had refused to take legislative measures to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, in force since 2011. These guidelines call for sustained improvement in corporate observance of human rights by means of an appropriate smart mix of voluntary measures and statutory regulations.
Article AS news
12.1.2017

A UN Treaty on Business & Human Rights?

The political temperature is rising in Switzerland following the submission of the Responsible Business Initiative. Momentum is also building around the topic at the United Nations.
Position
23.12.2016

Swiss National Action Plan on B&HR: The analysis

It took the Swiss government four years to publish its National action plan how to put into practice the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The Swiss coalition for corporate justice has analysed the document.
Press release
9.12.2016

The National Action Plan: a plan without action

Over 5 years after the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Switzerland finally published its implementation strategy. The National Action Plan recognizes the challenges at hand, only six new measures are foreseen.