Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

TPPA protests Sydney and Melboune, May 11, 2013

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a free trade agreement being negotiated between Australia, the US, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam.

US global corporations are driving the agenda to expand their rights at the expense of peoples' rights. Pharmaceutical companies want higher prices for medicines, tobacco companies want to sue governments for health regulation, and there is so far no agreement to implement workers' rights or environmental standards.

The next round of negotiations starts next week in Peru

Trans Pacific Partnership puts member countries' health at risk

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

http://theconversation.com/trans-pacific-partnership-puts-member-countri...

Put health ahead of profits in Asia-Pacific trade pact

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...

Community Group lockout spotlights secrecy of Trans-Pacific trade talks in Auckland

“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.”

Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations Round 15: Auckland, New Zealand December 2 -12

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!
 

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