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.

Multilateral institutions

International development is coordinated and steered by numerous UN organizations and bodies. In addition, there are international organizations where, as a rule, the economically strongest are able to impose their interests. From a developmental standpoint, special mention may be made of development banks like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). As part of an international network, Alliance Sud strives to influence multilateral institutions from a civil society perspective..

Note: Articles on multilateral institutions that can be clearly assigned to an Alliance Sud dossier (2030 Agenda, development policy, climate and environment, trade and investment, taxes and finances, multinational enterprises) can either be found there, or via the search function. .

Article as analysis
27.10.2017

AIIB: New global player under scrutiny

“The AIIB can contribute significantly to (…) promoting sustainable economic development in Asia”, the Swiss Government stated in August 2015 justifying Switzerland's involvement in the AIIB. Time for an interim appraisal.
Article as analysis
10.4.2014

Safeguards reform: an important crossroads

The World Bank is changing. Some aid recipients have become competitors. What has not changed is civil society’s struggle for more co-decision and better rules when it comes to investments in development.

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.
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.
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.

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.

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.
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.
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.