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630 civil society groups sound alarm over wave of Covid-19 claims in 'corporate courts'

Groups in more than 90 countries warn ISDS system could be used to claim billions from governments over pandemic protections

The common goods' point of view seems to be a particularly useful and profitable one for understanding the crisis of the pandemic, both on the health and on the economic and social aspect. It would also, and above all, enable the definition of the answers to get out of this crisis, identifying the forms of a new economic and social model.

Feminist organizations and activists have been very dynamic reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic and providing their own analysis through gender and intersectional perspectives, as well as shedding light on the inequalities impacting women and LGBTQA+ people during the on-going health crisis. 

As the health crisis ask extraordinary measures from States and international institutions, the financial response to the Covid-19 pandemic will also require exceptional measures to mitigate the impacts of the shutdown of our economies. While the pandemic crisis and the series of responses taken exacerbate the already existing inequalities within countries, affecting disproportionately the most marginalized by the system, the post-Covid economic recovery must not be climate-blind.

A webinar series ‘Global Pandemics in an Unequal World’ seeks to ask what is needed at local, national, and global level to combat inequalities and promote a more egalitarian and sustainable pandemic response. Nicoletta Dentico will be presenting in tomorrow’s online livestream “COVID-19 and Global Inequality”.

April 23, 2020

Open science, ramped-up manufacturing, fair pricing and sharing of technology, among other actions, are urgently needed to reduce loss of life during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 254 groups including Public Citizen said today. The groups released a list of principles calling for action from governments, international agencies, manufacturers, donors and development partners.

(Geneva) On April 17, 300 civil society organizations – including global union federations, development advocates, women’s groups, consumer and small business organizations, and environmental groups – from more than 150 countries delivered a letter to members of the WTO. In it, they urge Members of the WTO to: “Stop all trade and investment treaty negotiations during the COVID-19 outbreak and refocus on access to medical supplies and saving lives.” WTO Members meet today on whether to continue negotiations amid the pandemic.

We are constantly being told that “we are all on the same boat”, and while we might be experiencing a change in our social relations and perceiving ourselves as part of a greater entity, the reality is that we are navigating the same turbulent tide, but with different sorts of boats.  

With each passing day, we’re learning more about the coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19. The pandemic has had profound effects on daily life across much of the globe, but there is an opportunity that cannot be missed. The Covid19 shockwave is perhaps the first time event that has allowed the public opinion of the planet to understand the importance of public health systems and the pivotal role of health in any given decent societal organization that has a plan for the future.

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