International trade agreements bring new transnational food companies into countries, along with new food advertising and promotion. This has often led to an increase in unhealthy foods entering the domestic market. The TPPA could go even further and increase the influence of the food industry on domestic regulatory regimes and policies. See the link to the Conversation blog
Kelly Nicholls from Medecins Sans Frontieres writes in The Australian that US proposals in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations for restrictive intellectual property rights on medicines would make the TPPA the most damaging trade agreement ever for access to essential medicines in developing countries. http://www.msfaccess.org/content/trans-pacific-partnership-threat-afford...
Check out AFTINET’s new leaflet on the TPPA
AFTINET’s new leaflet shows how the corporate agenda in the TPPA would affect medicine prices, workers rights, the environment and internet freedom, and would give special rights to foreign investors to sue governments over health and environment regulation.
Also our new factsheets that show how the corporate agenda in the TPPA would affect the provision of services, women’s rights and worker's rights .
An article by Dr Deborah Gleeson of Latrobe University, published recently in the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, says the ability of governments world-wide to make sound public health policies and laws is increasingly threatened by trade and investment treaties.
Send the Minister for Trade and the Opposition Trade Spokesperson a message, or ask your local MP.
As pressure mounts to finish the Trans-Pacific (TPPA) trade negotiations, email Richard Marles and Julie Bishop directly to tell them your concerns about the TPPA and its corporate-influenced agenda.
Dr Patricia Ranald from AFTINET was at the TPP negotiations held in Auckland from December 2-12, where New Zealand civil society organised a massive critical public debate, despite being denied access to the negotiating venue . The New Zealand Government was put on the back foot on issues like access to medicines and the right of investors to sue governments.
“The US proposal in the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement for foreign investor rights to sue governments in international tribunals is a challenge to national sovereignty and should be rejected,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network, will say in a presentation to negotiators Friday, December 7.
“Over 20 international representatives of health, union, consumer and environment organisations have been locked out of the Trans-Pacific talks venue in Auckland,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network said today.
"Many have travelled long distances at great expense, with no advance warning that they would be locked out for nine of the ten days of the negotiations.”
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations between the US, Australia, New Zealand, and 8 other countries around the Pacific Rim, will be held in Auckland December 2 –12.
Community groups and unions are opposing the TPPA's corporate driven agenda, which seeks greater rights for international corporations at the expense of people; extending patents on medicines to charge higher prices for longer and with less regulation; stronger copyright laws on the Internet restricting Internet freedom; and rights for foreign investors to sue governments for damages if a law or policy harms their investment.
AVAAZ, the global online campaign, aims to get 1 million signatures for its petition on the TPP at the Auckland negotiations.
Read on and sign the petition today!