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.
Political article
12.10.2018

Having a voice is a prerequisite for development

In functioning societies, civil society acts as a critical counterpart to the government. There is a worldwide trend toward restricting or even closing down spaces for participation and critical engagement by NGOs.
Political article
12.10.2018

Moving beyond resistance

Human rights and democracy activists are not only targeted by the powerful in authoritarian countries. Time to develop new visions and strategies.
Political article
12.10.2018

No to the self-determination initiative!

Human rights are under pressure worldwide. An overwhelming NO to the Swiss People's Party's anti-human rights initiative would be nothing more than a clear yes of Switzerland to human rights. Alliance Sud is also committed to this.

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.
Press release
12.4.2018

Massive contraction in Swiss development funding

Switzerland has clearly missed its own development assistance target. While the ODA quota remained just about stable across OECD countries, in Switzerland it dropped from 0.53% to 0.46%. A hefty 14% contraction.
Article as analysis
5.4.2018

Saving for those back home

Migrants' remittances hit a new record in 2014. Some USD 600 billion were transferred to home countries worldwide. Yet the data situation is unclear and the discussion on development benefits complex.
Political article
12.1.2018

Where misunderstandings abound

Development cooperation is expected to prevent migration and guard against terrorism. This is too short-sighted. An overdue clarification of the limits and possibilities of development cooperation.

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 analysis
10.12.2018

Climate policy in the slow lane

The COP 24 climate summit in Katowice, Poland is expected to approve the regulatory framework for implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement. A herculean task with an uncertain outcome. Meanwhile, major policy issues remain unresolved.
Political article
10.12.2018

Swiss Climate Politics in International Headlines

The recent decision of the Swiss National Council to abolish the domestic climate target has raised eyebrows in Katowice.
Political article
12.10.2018

A summer as an object lesson

Summer 2018. Heat, drought, millions in damage. Extremes of climate in the northern hemisphere. It could, it must be the turning point in the perception of climate change. Even in Switzerland.

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.
Political article
15.10.2018

A “No” to doping is no longer enough

Referendum or no referendum on Tax Proposal 17: the progressive forces in tax policy must develop a sustainable alternative to the doping of profit shifting from abroad.
Study
8.9.2018

TP17: The tax loopholes for multinationals

Profit shifting by multinational corporations to Switzerland is doing enormous harm to the countries of the global South. The present Tax Proposal 17 (TP17) will not change this – quite the contrary. Alliance Sud research bears this out.
Political article
29.6.2018

Diverting flows

Illicit financial flows are conducive to social inequality and undermine sustainable development. Switzerland's centre-right political movements have long ignored this fact. Two new legal studies now reveal the need for comprehensive action.

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.
Political article
16.10.2018

Mercosur negotiations behind closed doors

Anger is widespread in Mercosur countries over free trade negotiations with the EU. It is feared that industrial jobs will disappear to make way for a commodity-exporting economy. Things are not much different in the case of EFTA.
Press release
2.7.2018

Mercosur and EFTA: Transparency requested!

Four Swiss NGOs and Friends of the Earth Uruguay ask State parties to guarantee transparency in the free trade negotiations between Mercosur and EFTA.
Article as analysis
5.4.2018

Who should pay: the elderly or foreign investors?

Argentina hopes to economize US$6 billion through the pension reform adopted in December 2017. Its debts to foreign investors amount to 8.65 billion. Another 11 billion must be paid to vulture funds.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Many enterprises in Switzerland and abroad take responsible business practices seriously. Others take a looser approach to CSR. They violate human and environmental rights, they resist binding statutory provisions and yet brag about their corporate social responsibility in glossy brochures. Jointly with the member organizations of the Responsible Business Initiative and foreign partners, Alliance Sud closely monitors these trends.
Article as analysis
17.10.2018

Little Switzerland stands tall

Swiss corporations are major world market players. Not least of all in developing countries where governance is weak. Using four charts, guest author Markus Mugglin explains why Switzerland in particular ought to be taking global responsibility.
Article as analysis
27.10.2017

National Contact Point: The limits of dialogue

Economic associations are opposed to the introduction of civil liability for business-related human rights violations and environmental degradation, as proposed under the Responsible Business Initiative; they point to National Contact Point.
Article as analysis
16.12.2015

Corporate Social Responsibility under scrutiny

The economic lobbies never tire of repeating it: no new laws are needed to get companies to observe human rights and environmental standards. Yet many studies show the limits of self-regulation.