Government urged to support equitable global access to medicines at WHO Pandemic Treaty meeting

Media Release  February 27, 2023

World Health Organisation (WHO) member governments will meet in Geneva this evening AEDT to start debating a draft Pandemic Treaty intended to learn from the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic and develop better strategies for future pandemics, to be completed in 2024.

Leading public health, fair trade, church, human rights and aid and development organisations have written to the Ministers responsible for Health, Foreign Affairs and Trade asking them not to repeat the “catastrophic moral failure” of inequitable global access to COVID vaccines, treatments and tests. The letter is attached. Quotes from organisation leaders are below.

Australia and the UK agree not to apply ISDS in Trans-Pacific deal but Clive Palmer’s $300 bn claim shows more needed to prevent cases against Australia

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                  Tuesday April 4, 2023

Australia and the UK agree not to apply ISDS in Trans-Pacific deal but Clive Palmer’s $300 bn claim shows more needed to prevent cases against Australia

Community groups from Indo Pacific countries call for release of texts as IPEF negotiators meet in South Korea

MEDIA RELEASE July 6, 2023

AFTINET today joins sixteen organisations from Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF)* countries calling for more transparency in IPEF negotiations between Australia, the US and 12 Indo Pacific countries taking place in Busan, South Korea from July 8.

Southeast Asia strategy a chance to stop investors like Clive Palmer suing Australia for billions

September 6, 2023  AFTINET Media release 

Australia's Southeast Asia Economic Strategy to 2040 announced today will “review the scope of existing Free Trade Agreements to determine priorities for agreement upgrade negotiations.”

“This review is welcome news for those deeply disturbed by the fact that Clive Palmer moved some assets to Singapore, claims to be a Singaporean investor and is using investor rights to sue governments in the Australia-New Zealand-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement to sue the Australian government for a massive total of $337 billion,” Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Convener said today.

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