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Briefing: Making CDC work for people and planet

November 2019

This briefing highlights some of the major problems with the CDC and the projects it funds. We believe that these problems are not aberrations but are a product of the type of organisation CDC is. CDC needs a new, legally-binding mandate which commits it to reducing poverty, closing global inequalities, doing no harm to the climate and facilitating a just, green transition to renewable energy as its driving objectives, for which its board can be held legally accountable. We propose that CDC should be transformed into an international Green Investment Bank, with the ability to lend to local and national governments in developing countries, and with other donors who share this reformed vision being invited to contribute to its finance and governance.

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Think Global October 2019

October 2019

Act locally with Global Justice Now. For other issues, check out our Think Global page

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Exporting repression: How Britain is supplying surveillance technology to human-rights abusing countries

September 2019

By Mark Curtis and Matt Kennard

The British government is continuing to approve the export of high-tech surveillance equipment and software of the type that is being used by states abusing human rights to monitor and repress dissent, new government figures show.

In the past 12 months, “telecommunications interception equipment”, or software and technology for such equipment, has been exported to 13 countries, including authoritarian regimes such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar.

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Five reasons modern trade deals are terrible for the climate

August 2019

Any lasting and just solution to climate change must lie in changing the economic and political structures that bind us to a high carbon model. Modern, mega trade deals will further entrench this model and make it all but impossible to reverse. This briefing outlines the reasons why we have to stop these trade deals if we are to successfully stop climate change.

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Lydian v Armenia

July 2019

SUMMARY:
Mining company threatened to sue when protestors blockaded a gold mine and government allowed the protest to go ahead

STATUS:
Starting

AT STAKE:
£2 billion

DETAILS:
Initial notification filed March 2019 using both a UK-Armenia and Canada-Armenia investment deal

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Briefing Paper of the UK Working Group on the Binding UN Treaty on TNC

May 2019

The UK government must support the UN Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights process to put primacy of rights over corporate profits 

Think Global May 2019

May 2019

Act locally with Global Justice Now. For other issues, check out our Think Global page.

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Biwater v Tanzania

May 2019

British water firm sues Tanzania for ending a failed water contract

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Chevron vs Ecuador

May 2019

US oil firm sued Ecuador after compensaton ordered for devastating Amazon oil spill.

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ISDS files - Agro EcoEnergy v Tanzania

January 2019

Sugar plantation investor accused of a land grab is suing after the Tanzanian government took back the land title

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ISDS files - Philip Morris V Australia

January 2019

Tobacco giant sued Australia over plain packaging for cigarettes

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ISDS files - Lone Pine V Canada

January 2019

Oil and gas company suing the Canadian government over a moratorium on fracking in Quebec

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ISDS files - Anglian Water V Argentina

January 2019

Water company sued when Argentina froze water prices during a financial crisis

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Q&A: Stop corporate courts

January 2019

A Q&A to deal with tricky questions about corporate courts and our campaign against them.

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The case against corporate courts

January 2019

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), is a system of special privileges granted to transnational companies by rules in trade and investment deals. ISDS has enabled corporations to sue countries for doing almost anything they don’t like – including restrictions on destructive mining, regulating finance, renationalising public services and anti-smoking policies.

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Trading up for health: How to prevent trade deals from undermining health

January 2019

This briefing outlines the main risks that trade policy poses to health, and then sets out the alternatives that could help avoid these risks and ensure that trade doesn’t undermine health justice. It makes seven recommendations for future UK agreements.

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Alternatives to the current pharmaceutical system: Activist pack to lobby your MP

December 2018

This briefing is for Global Justice Now local groups and activists to help you to lobby your MP on alternatives to the current corporate-dominated pharmaceutical system.

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Taking public control of medicines

November 2018

The pharmaceutical industry makes billions in profits from charging high prices for medicines. Meanwhile, people suffer and die from treatable conditions because they can’t afford extortionate prices. This is a system driven by corporate profit that leaves vital medicines out of reach for millions of people – in the UK and around the world. It’s a system that is economically and socially unsustainable and needs urgent reform.

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The Trans-Pacific Powergrab

October 2018

TPP will hand over even more power to the most powerful corporations in the world and deepen the inequalities of hyperglobalisation. The UK should not be considering joining it. Instead it should be developing a progressive approach to trade that can work for people and planet. More about why joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be bad for people and planet – and the UK in our new briefing with Trade Justice Movement and War On Want. 

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