New study on the contents of European-Canadian trade agreement CETA

September 2016

European and Canadian NGOs call for an immediate halt of the CETA free trade agreement

Annual Report and Accounts 2015-2016

September 2016

It has been another productive year for War on Want, delivering notable successes,  Here are the Trustees' Annual Report and Accounts for 2015/16. 

Report and Accounts 2015- 2016.pdf

Summary: Food Safety, Agriculture and Regulatory Cooperation in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

September 2016

The proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Europe and Canada will have a major impact on food and how it will be regulated. History shows that trade agreements put food safety at risk by harmonizing standards and reducing regulations to the lowest common denominator. If CETA is ratified, it will jeopardize the EU’s own food standards and regulations. European farmers, who have been struggling as farm prices crash, will also have to compete with Canadian agribusiness imports, resulting in a profound threat to jobs.

summary-ceta-food-safety-english.pdf

Up Front: The New Colonialism

September 2016

The values and principles that War onWant upholds have never been more important. In this edition of Up Front, read about our urgent new campaigns for migrant workers’ rights and for a radical trade agenda that puts people and planet first. Also in this edition we are proud to showcase our partnerships with social movements around the world. Read about how our partner SACOM is exposing workers’ rights abuses in China and how MONLAR in Sri Lanka is helping small farmers fight the corporate capture of the food system. Read too about Britain’s new scramble for Africa’s resources.

WOW_upfront_autwint16_web.pdf

Food Safety, Agriculture and Regulatory Cooperation in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

August 2016

Food Safety, Agriculture and Regulatory Cooperation in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, released by War on Want and European and Canadian allies, outlines the regulatory differences between Canada and the EU that could jeopardise European food safety and production standards. European farmers, who have been struggling as farm prices crash, will also have to compete with Canadian agribusiness imports, resulting in a profound threat to jobs.

report-ceta-food-safety-english FULL.pdf

The New Colonialism: Britain's scramble for Africa's energy and mineral resources

July 2016

The report reveals the degree to which British companies now control Africa’s key mineral resources, notably gold, platinum, diamonds, copper, oil, gas and coal. It documents how 101 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) — most of them British — have mining operations in 37 sub-Saharan African countries. They collectively control over $1 trillion worth of Africa’s most valuable resources. The UK government has used its power and influence to ensure that British mining companies have access to Africa’s raw materials.

The New Colonialism

CETA: the toxic EU-Canada trade deal

May 2016

EU-Canada deal CETA (Comprehensive Trade and Economic Agreement) is one of a series of secretly negotiated 'new generation' trade deals which undermine democracy and destroy basic rights. This briefing from War on Want explains how CETA's 'corporate court' ISDS mechanism will enable North American corporations to sue EU governments for policy decisions affecting big business profits, lead to the locked-in privatisation of public services, and give big business the power to destroy new regulations before they see the light of day.

CETA brief, newer Brexit version.pdf

TTIP and Third Countries

May 2016

A compendium of research studies and articles relating to the impact of EU-US trade negotiations on third countries, with special reference to the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)

TTIP and Third Countries, 2016.pdf

Up Front: Democracy under attack

April 2016

Today, our right to protest is under attack. UK civil society groups have seen their voices stifled by new legislation such as the 'gagging law', and crackdowns on the right to take collective action. In this edition of Upfront read about the UK government's assault on our democratic rights and how the crackdown on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is intensifying.  Read too about some the successes War on Want has achieved with the use of collective action for a more socially just and equal world.

Upfront: Democracy under attack

Local Government and Ethical Procurement- debate tomorrow - Briefing

March 2016

Briefing for MPs on BDS in advance of the Local Government and Ethical Procurement

Westminster Hall debate,  Tuesday 15 March 2016  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm. Download here

BDS debate MP briefing.pdf

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