The EU and Canada are set to agree a trade deal tomorrow (26 September) branded by campaigners as ‘a disaster for democracy’. The deal will give foreign companies new powers over government decisions, and has been negotiated in secret, bypassing the British, Canadian and European parliaments.
Ninety NGOs and campaign groups have condemned the G7’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, as representatives of governments and multinational companies, including UK development secretary Justine Greening, meet in New York today to discuss the controversial scheme.
The European Commission has today rejected a proposal from an alliance of European campaigners to hold a ‘European Citizens' Initiative’ against the EU-US and EU-Canada trade deals, known as TTIP and CETA. This decision prevents citizens from forcing the Commission to review its policy on the deals and to hold a hearing in the European parliament.
The World Development Movement and War on Want have branded a trade deal being negotiated between Canada and the EU as ‘a threat to democracy’. They have joined trade unions and other campaigners to call on business secretary Vince Cable to remove a controversial clause from the deal which will give Canadian companies new powers to sue the British government.
As Philip Morris threatens to sue the UK for £11 billion over plans to introduce plain packaging on cigarettes, the World Development Movement has warned that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would make such cases more common and less open to public scrutiny.
After the referendum, let’s continue the debate about fairness, equality and power here in Scotland and globally. An open space discussion for everyone about opportunities for change in Scotland and the world.
WDM's director Nick Dearden will be speaking at Nourish Scotland's debate and conference looking at what climate change, GMO crops, land grabs, and globalisation mean for farmers in India, Malawi and the Caribbean and how to increase food sovereignty.
Call to action: TTIP is a so-called ‘free trade’ deal currently being negotiated by the EU and US. This deal will give big business more power over our society, our environment, our public services, and our democracy.
Two years of concerted campaigning by WDM results in Barclays, the UK's biggest player in food speculation and one of the top three globally, announcing that it will no longer trade in food for speculative purposes.
Following a prolonged campaign by a coalition of Scottish NGOs and local pressure groups including WDM Scotland, plans for a new coal-fired power station in Hunterston, North Ayrshire are shelved.
After concerted lobbying by WDM supporters, French oil company Total postpones plans to mine tar sands deposits in one of the poorest regions of Madagascar.
The UK government puts £10 million of its climate finance towards the UN Adaptation Fund, and agrees to give the majority of its funds to the World Bank's climate adaptation fund as grants rather than loans.