Globalisation and Governance

Along with development of international linkages of production processes and the liberalization of goods and financial markets, substantial imbalances and problems occur on a global scale: The social inequality between and within countries grew, the use of resources increased and pollution together with climate change worsened while democracy was weakened. Frequently national and international politics are not meeting the request to regulate and control appropriately. Within international organizations, power relations are often undemocratic and they happen to be not reflecting current political and economic conditions. Especially, the poorest developing countries are not represented in several committees and bodies. SÜDWIND has been consistently engaged in studying power relations within large committees and bodies in the last years. As a consequence, several reform proposals have been made.


On 26 June 2014 the UN Human Rights Commission approved a resolution to form a working group to elaborate a legally binding instrument to regulate the activities of transnational corporations and other companies with regard to compliance with human rights standards (‘Treaty Process’). The working group has met four times since then. In July 2018 the Ecuadorian chair submitted a first draft treaty (Zero Draft) which was debated at the fourth meeting of the UN working group in October 2018.
The states were invited to comment on this draft until end-February 2019. The present briefing paper discusses objections raised in political debates to the overall process or to contents of the Zero Draft and formulates proposed solutions.


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