Join the RCEP photo petition by November 11, before the RCEP signing!

October 28, 2020: The Regional Economic Comprehensive Partnership (RCEP), a massive trade deal negotiated in secret, is expected to be signed on 14 November 2020, by hologram!

The RCEP involves Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea plus the 10 ASEAN countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. It will cover 2.2 billion people – almost 30% of the world’s population.

We won’t see the full text until after it is signed, but we know from summaries released by governments that the RCEP has rules that meet the needs of corporations at the expense of people and our planet.

The RCEP has no protections for workers or the environment. It could restrict government regulation in the public interest and could limit access to crucial public services, with the worst impacts on women and other vulnerable workers in low income countries. See our explainer here.

ActionAid, an AFTINET member organisation, is coordinating a people-powered photo petition to get as many people as possible to send leaders a message calling for a new approach to trade agreements that would promote gender equality, workers’ rights, environmental sustainability, and democracy.

We're asking you to send a photo and to share this call widely, asking people to send photos with their own messages about workers’ rights, the environment or gender equality by 5pm Wednesday 11 November.

The photos will then be sent (unbranded) across social media and to leaders before the signing.

To find out how to join the photo petition go to