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
3.7.2018

«The debate on inequality is a highly charged one»

The 2030 Agenda is a world constitution of sorts: it conceives of the world as a political, social and societal whole. Hence, existing challenges can only be met through joint action by rich and poor countries. Interview with researcher Sabin Bieri.
Press release
3.7.2018

2030 Agenda: Domestic policy is foreign policy!

Swiss civil society – organized in the Platform Agenda 2030 – presented its report entitled «How sustainable is Switzerland? Implementing the 2030 Agenda from a civil society perspective».
Political article
2.7.2018

Sustainability at the centre of power?

The implementation of the 2030 Agenda is organizationally a difficult undertaking. Switzerland too is facing its problems in that regard. Who in the administration should be charged with this task? And what powers will it require?

Development policy

Development policy has become a pawn in the hands of various interest groups. It is therefore at great risk of being exploited for purposes other than poverty alleviation – as prescribed by law. Alliance Sud critically monitors this issue and strives to ensure that other Swiss policies are formulated in a manner coherent with development policy.
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.
Article as analysis
27.10.2017

New head of FDFA: World domestic policy challenge

Many in the media suggest that Swiss foreign policy is primarily policy on Europe. But the new Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis is also responsible for development policy. Major challenges lie ahead.
Article as analysis
27.10.2017

Contradictory plans for Africa

Migration prevention is becoming an ever more prominent feature of international cooperation. Lately, the funding of systems of repression has also become a part of it. The new Foreign Minister is well advised to raise questions about this trend.

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.
Press release
23.4.2018

Climate stress test for the Swiss financial centre

The Swiss National Bank’s investments contribute to a catastrophic temperature rise of 4-6 degrees. On the occasion of the General Assembly on 27 April, the Climate Alliance calls for a climate stress test and publishes concrete recommendations.
Article as analysis
5.4.2018

Switzerland's swindle: now officially confirmed

«More than 60 per cent of the greenhouse gas footprint originates abroad». This is the title of the February 2018 edition of Federal Statistical Office's News. Thus, official Switzerland at last acknowledges its climate responsibility in the world.
Political article
12.1.2018

An impoverished Bangladesh forges ahead

This cash-strapped country, already being severely impacted by climate change, does not plan to wait for overdue climate payments from the North. Interview with Saleemul Huq, Climate and Development Researcher.

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
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.
Article as analysis
5.4.2018

Location nationalism or global solidarity?

The new edition of Corporate Tax Reform III will be discussed in the committee of the first Chamber in April. The debate will put the global conscience of the Socialist Party, the Greens and the Center parties to the test.
Political article
2.3.2018

Stiglitz and Piketty call for new tax regime

Distinguished economists such as Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and Thomas Piketty are calling for the introduction of Unitary Taxation for multinational enterprises.

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.
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.
Position
30.11.2017

WTO and the fourth industrial revolution

The 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires shall discuss – among other topics – the liberalisation of E-commerce. The digital divide is likely to deepen even more. The Alliance Sud position.

Business and human rights

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.
Political article
2.7.2018

Things do occasionally move, after all!

The discussion on human rights and environmental responsibility on the part of Swiss multinationals has now become mainstream. The Parliament is dealing seriously with the Responsible Business Initiative.
Press release
20.4.2018

Legal Affairs Committee wants counter-proposal

In the frame of the revision of the Swiss Corporation Law, the Legal Affairs Committee of the National Council proposes legal measures against human rights violations by corporations based in Switzerland.
Article as analysis
6.4.2018

When Dutch subsidiaries take the lead

When it comes to human rights, Economiesuisse is set for confrontation. Swiss companies abroad are more aware of their responsibility.