World leaders will meet in Geneva next week to start negotiating a new international law to ensure companies respect human rights and the environment in their global operations. But a lack of support from European governments is putting this vital United Nations treaty at risk.
This paper is an excerpt from AAI’s preliminary report, Youth, Gender and Social Protection: Rebuilding Systems for the 21st Century.
Over the past 30 years, the gap between the rich and everyone else has worsened in many countries across the world. Since 2001, the poorest half of the population have received just 1% of the total increase in global wealth, while the richest 1% have received 50%.
When the global financial crisis resurfaces, we the people will have to fill the vacuum in political leadership. It will call for a monumental mobilisation of citizens from below, focused on a single and unifying demand for a people’s bailout across the world.
Avoiding global climate chaos will require a major transformation of society and the world economy that is “unprecedented in scale”, the United Nations has warned.