Week of Action on Investment

Workshop
5. November 2011 (All day) - 6. November 2011 (All day)
Maison des Associations Internationales
Rue Washington 40
Brussels
Belgium
5 November 2011 - 6 November 2011

This event aims to bring together social activists and campaigners from all over the world with accumulated experience of critical engagement with the current investment regime and the power of TNCs and in order to articulate common strategies for campaigning and discuss alternatives.

Location

Maison des Associations Internationales
Rue Washington, 40

International investment agreements (IIAs) pose a threat to democratic governance and the public interest. These agreements undermine the right of governments to regulate in favour of public interest, decent work, human rights and environmental sustainability. IIAs give transnational corporations extraordinary rights without any obligations. They allow corporations to sue sovereign states before international arbitration tribunals. Investors and law firms do not hesitate to challenge governments' social, environmental and economic regulations if these appear to reduce the profitability of their investments. It’s time to challenge them back!

This event aims to bring together social activists and campaigners from all over the world with accumulated experience of critical engagement with the current investment regime and the power of TNCs and in order to articulate common strategies for campaigning and discuss alternatives.

 In particular, we aim to:

1- Deepen the knowledge and collaboration on the international investment regime among activists/campaigners from Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, the US and Canada as well as with critical investment lawyers and journalists.

2- Advance proposals for an alternative investment regime

3- Develop a global strategy to confront the proliferation of Investment Agreements (IIAs) and start scaling back investment rules.

4- Step up the pressure on MEPs and EC to promote a more balance EU investment policy

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