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Critics argue that Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) is a provision in international and multi-lateral trade agreements that allows big companies to sue governments when they have made democratic choices with negative consequences for companies.

Does this article go far enough in addressing the risks that ISDS pose for developing country governments and their constituencies?

The current status regarding ISDS is summarized in this article: EU and OPEC contribute to increase transparency in ISDS (by Alliance for Responsible Commerce).

Critics argue that ISDS is a provision that allows big companies to sue governments when they have made democratic choices with negative consequences for companies.

Does article 91 - Safeguards so as not to constrain domestic policies and regulation in the public interest go far enough in addressing the risks that ISDS pose for developing country governments and their constituencies?

Recurrent principle by janbmgojanbmgo, 24 Jan 2016 15:01

Mitigation are the efforts to reduce/prevent the emission of greenhouse gases or to enhance their removal from the atmosphere by sinks (such as forests).

Mitigation by janbmgojanbmgo, 19 Jan 2016 12:38

The principles stated mean a departure from past (implicit) assumptions and principles that mostly caused the ''underharvesting'' of the(government) data.

These principles can be considered ''societal'' architecture principles. When governments implement new services, they should be guided by them.

On the other hand, when civil or public actors notice that services do not comply with the principles, they can refer to them in their advocacy and calls for compliance.

In summary: all stakeholders have now an instrument for reference in the transition towards more open government.

The impact of the Charter will therefore depend on at least these factors:
- the ability of civil society and the public sector actors to utilize the principles in their advocacy work;
- the sectors of government in which the charter's principles get a high priority.

The announced action plans will be an indicator for the second factor.

Earlier version: What will the G8 Open Data Charter signed at the Lough Erne 2013 Summit change for Open Government worldwide? (Quora).

Editor: Mathis Hampel

Authors: Ahmad Shariq (Azerbaijan), Ays Sirakaya (Belgium), Beatrice Mumbi (Kenya), Jaap Rozema (The Netherlands), Jonathan Volt (Denmark), Justine Chauvin (Switzerland), Lea Duplan (Germany), Rustam Issakhojayev (Hungary)

Link: Special Report on the UN Sustainable Development Goals - Opinions by young policy analysts (December 2015)

This is the hashtag for the relevant function of government: #cofog0112 - Financial and fiscal affairs (CS), where the Addis Ababa Action Agenda - II. Action Areas - A. Domestic public resources is listed as a resource.

#cofog0112 by janbmgojanbmgo, 11 Jan 2016 23:25

The IMF policy paper Financing For Development - Revisiting the Monterrey Consensus (July 2015) lists Monterrey Consensus Principle 6: “Each country has primary responsibility for its own economic and social development, and the role of national policies cannot be overemphasized. At the same time, domestic economies are now interwoven with the global economic system … the effective use of trade and investment opportunities can help countries fight poverty. National development efforts need to be supported by an enabling international economic environment.” (page 8)

Monterrey consensus by janbmgojanbmgo, 11 Jan 2016 22:50

Are they consistent and coherent?
- on the one hand, paragraph 113 of this action agenda chapter,
- on the other hand trade agreements such as TPP and TTIP in which foreign investors get the right to sue governments in private international tribunals? with implied risks for governance as explained by Joseph Stiglitz in his blog article: The New Geo-Economics (January 11, 2016).

This topic is addressed/assumed as part of:
Paris Agreement on Climate Change article 13 - Transparency and as part of UNFCCC Articles 5 "Research and systematic observation" and 12 "Communication of information related to implementation".

Read more: UNFCC text of the convention (in several languages).

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