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.


Trade and investment protection agreements facilitate business enterprises’ access to markets and raw materials, and protect investor interests with enforceable rights. Although human rights are a cornerstone of international law, so far there are only voluntary guidelines to safeguard them within the activities of global enterprises. This needs to change; human rights need a mandatory commitment. This is where the “UN treaty process” comes in. It offers the chance for binding international regulation of global business.


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