Pandemic Agreement at risk of unravelling without strong commitments

27  April, 2024: The latest draft of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Pandemic Agreement was released earlier this week, but is weaker than previous drafts. The draft has been shortened to refer to principles only, without firm commitments and implementation of the principles is not guaranteed as it has been left to future meetings of WHO member countries.

Ecuador votes NO to reinstating ISDS in referendum

24 April, 2024: In a recent referendum, Ecuadorian citizens voted overwhelmingly against changes which would have allowed the government to agree to Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), a mechanism included in some trade agreements which allow foreign investors to sue governments if they can argue a change to law or policy reduces their profits, even if the change is in the public interest.

100+ international organisations call on Ecuador not to reinstate ISDS in upcoming referendum

17 April, 2024: The Ecuadorian government is holding a referendum on security and investment issues after facing a crisis categorised by economic uncertainty and extreme levels of violence. However, one proposal included in the referendum, that Ecuador reinstate Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), has received significant backlash for threatening Ecuadorian sovereignty and protecting corporate interests.

Listen to Global Justice Now’s ISDS podcast: The Secret World of Investor Courts

16 April, 2024: Youth activists from Global Justice Now have produced a four-part podcast series on Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). ISDS is a provision in some international trade agreements which allows foreign investors to sue the government if they can argue a change to law or policy reduces their profits, even if the change protects public health or the environment.

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