Public health groups slam RCEP and call for positive health policies

29 November 2018: The RCEP trade deal currently being negotiated between 16 countries including India, China, Japan, South Korea,  Australia, New Zealand and the ten ASEAN south East Asian countries, covers half of the world’s population.

Delegates from public health and other community groups from RCEP countries met last week at the 4th Global People's Health Assembly in Bangladesh and produced a critical statement on the possible impacts of the RCEP on public health. 

The statement covers a wide range of issues including access to medicines and health services, climate change, food security and gender inequality, and calls for the RCEP to support positive alternative policies to meet these challenges.

The Peoples’ Health Movement is seeking endorsement of the statement from both organisations and individuals, and it will be sent to RCEP negotiators before the next round of RCEP negotiations in February 2019.

AFTINET has endorsed it.

You can read the statement and endorse it here.