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.

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. .

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.

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.

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.

Business and development

Alliance Sud is committed to a private sector engagement that fully contributes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the internationally recognized reference framework, the United Nation’s Agenda 2030 requires a collective effort to increase the mobilization of all types of resources and innovative solutions to ensure a positive impact on development. To this end, Alliance Sud requires that any partnership with the private sector in Switzerland's international cooperation be governed by strict social and environmental criteria.