What Funders Can Do Now to Stop Next Gen Trade Pacts From Undermining Social and Environmental Progress – Conference Call
What Funders Can Do Now to Stop Next Gen Trade Pacts From Undermining Social and Environmental Progress
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
10 am PDT, 1 pm EDT
Organized by EDGE Funders Alliance, and co-sponsored by the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD) and the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), now being negotiated in secret with 11 other Pacific Rim governments is the largest free trade agreement ever sought by the United States. The TPP and the recently-launched Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) have been branded as “free trade” agreements by their supporters. In reality, they comprise a stealthy corporate strategy to undermine hard-fought gains in human rights, environmental protection, public health, ag and food safety, financial stability, Internet freedom, and more. Of special concern is the unprecedented expansion of investor-state provisions, which allows companies to challenge domestic laws in secret tribunals and demand unlimited sums in damages from taxpayers.
This call comes at a critical juncture for anyone concerned about social justice and global equity. Join us for an hour-long discussion to:
Learn about TPP, TAFTA and how investor-state provisions impact a wide range of funding priorities from food sovereignty to climate justice.
Discover effective, local-to-global strategies to stop the advance of free trade agreements and advocate for genuine solutions and systematic reform in their place.
Learn about the international and national fight back, including the growing prospect for stopping the U.S. “Fast Track” trade promotion authority that would railroad these deals into place.
Hear about concrete action you and other funders can take right now to support civil society efforts aimed at stopping this agenda from going forward.
Lori Wallach of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch will explain the real-world consequences of these dangerous proposals for a range of social, economic, and environmental issues; provide an update on the current state of negotiations, and discuss the strategies being used to derail them.
llana Solomon of Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program will illustrate how the new generation of trade pacts would undermine efforts to combat climate change, including by empowering the fossil fuel industry via investor-state dispute settlement and by expanding exports of fossil fuels such as natural gas and tar sands.
Karen Hansen-Kuhn with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy will discuss how trade rules contribute to increased volatility and corporate concentration in agricultural markets, and how this harms long-term investments to protect the environment, address new health and environmental risks from nanomaterials and other emerging technologies, and build climate resilience in agriculture.