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Over the past few decades, public goods, such as water, education and health – the pillars of human rights – have increasingly been transformed into tradable commodities. Food, of course, has been traded for centuries, yet the recent failure in market regulation has led to its full commodification. As a result, it has contributed to the dispossession of productive resources. This affects peasant communities, damages the environment, and changes our diets for the worse.

 

New York, 8 July 2019: “The world is off-track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Most governments have failed to turn the transformational vision of the 2030 Agenda into real transformational policies. Even worse, xenophobia and authoritarianism are on the rise in a growing number of countries.”

“The implementation of the 2030 Agenda is not just a matter of better policies. It requires more holistic and more sweeping shifts in how power is vested, including through institutional and governance reforms.”

In today’s international system, corporations benefit from far reaching super-rights and have access to special tribunals to enforce them. Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) allows them to attack states outside of national courts whenever these states adopt legislation that could harm their profits. This mechanism threatens democratic decision making, the rule of law, human rights, the environment, health, public services, gender equality, as well as consumer and labour rights.

Representatives from companies with a history of mismanagement of public contracts and renowned tax-dodging practices will meet in Geneva this week to lobby for business-friendly UN standards on Public- Private Partnerships. The UN Economic Commission for Europe is ​currently meeting​ to establish International Standards on PPPs.

For immediate release, Monday, 15 october 2018 | Women farmers, fishers, pastoralists, agriculture workers and indigenous smallholders have been feeding their communities for centuries but remain largely invisible in the world of agriculture.

To celebrate International Day of Rural Women today at the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Plenary in Rome, a panel of experts on food security, representing women’s grassroots organisations have come together to share their experiences, struggles and demands.

Civil Society Mechanism for relations to the UN Committee on World Food Security

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Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank

Experts call for World Bank Group to end aggressive promotion of PPPs for public service provision

A new report exposing how public private partnerships across the globe have drained the public purse and failed to deliver in the public interest will be launched at the Annual Meetings of the World Bank in Bali next week.

At a time where technology is infiltrating every area of our lives, this year’s Right to Food and Nutrition Watch takes a closer look at how this new era impacts food, our source of life, identity and social relations.

Over the past few decades, public goods, such as education and health – the pillars of human rights – have increasingly been taken over by private actors to make profit. Food, of course, has been traded for centuries, but the recent failure in market regulation has reduced it to a mere commodity

#TenYearsOn #ChangeFinance

One decade ago, on 15th September 2008, the US investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, marking the start of the financial crisis. Banks crashed and got bailed out with billions of taxpayer’s money. Today, 10 years after the financial crisis, the financial system remains strongly unregulated and dangerous to people, market, and society. The financial powers and institutions are behaving as if the lesson of ten years ago did not get learned at all. 

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