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Civil societies open letter to Trade Ministers meeting in Chile, 14-15 March 2017

Online Publication Date: 21 February 2017
Open letter to Trade Ministers meeting in Chile, 14-15 March 2017
It is clear that the withdrawal of the United States means that the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement as previously negotiated is dead. As representatives of many millions of people in a wide range of unions, civil society groups and social movements we believe that the TPP text, negotiated in secret, served the interests of large corporations at the expense of governments' rights to regulate in the public interest and of our fundamental rights as citizens. It gave special additional rights to global corporations that were enforceable in discredited offshore tribunals, despite widespread public opposition.
The TPP did not deliver on promises of secure livelihoods, good jobs and prosperity. It would have restricted governments' ability to regulate to ensure affordable medicines, financial stability, workers' rights, protection of the environment and climate change mitigation, and to protect indigenous rights and other fundamental human rights. We are better off without the TPP.
For these reasons, we believe it is not acceptable for TPP rules to be used as a model for future trade negotiations whether bilateral, regional or multilateral, including the World Trade Organisation. We urge you to accept that this model has failed, and to engage with us and others in a more open and democratic process to develop alternative approaches that genuinely serve the interests of our peoples, our nations and the planet.

It is clear that the withdrawal of the United States means that the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement as previously negotiated is dead. As representatives of many millions of people in a wide range of unions, civil society groups and social movements we believe that the TPP text, negotiated in secret, served the interests of large corporations at the expense of governments’ rights to regulate in the public interest and of our fundamental rights as citizens. It gave special additional rights to global corporations that were enforceable in discredited offshore tribunals, despite widespread public opposition.

The TPP did not deliver on promises of secure livelihoods, good jobs and prosperity. It would have restricted governments’ ability to regulate to ensure affordable medicines, financial stability, workers’ rights, protection of the environment and climate change mitigation, and to protect indigenous rights and other fundamental human rights. We are better off without the TPP.

For these reasons, we believe it is not acceptable for TPP rules to be used as a model for future trade negotiations whether bilateral, regional or multilateral, including the World Trade Organisation. We urge you to accept that this model has failed, and to engage with us and others in a more open and democratic process to develop alternative approaches that genuinely serve the interests of our peoples, our nations and the planet.

Carta abierta a los Ministros de Comercio reuniéndose en Chile, 14 y 15 de marzo de 2017

Está claro que la retirada de los Estados Unidos significa que el Acuerdo de la Asociación Transpacífico, tal y como se había negociado, está muerto. Como representantes de muchos millones de personas en una amplia gama de sindicatos, grupos de la sociedad civil y movimientos sociales creemos que el texto del TPP, negociado en secreto, sirve a los intereses de las grandes corporaciones a expensas de los derechos de los gobiernos a regular en el interés público y de nuestros derechos fundamentales como ciudadados. Otorgó derechos adicionales especiales a las corporaciones globales que podían hacer cumplir en tribunales extranjeros desacreditados, pese a la amplia oposición pública.

El TPP no cumplía las promesas de medios de vida seguros, buenos empleos y prosperidad. Habría restringido la capacidad de los gobiernos para regular los medicamentos asequibles, la estabilidad financiera, los derechos de los trabajadores, la protección del medio ambiente y mitigar el cambio climático, los derechos indígenas y otros derechos humanos fundamentales. Estamos Mejor Sin TPP.

Por estas razones, creemos que no es aceptable que las reglas del TPP se utilicen como modelo para futuras negociaciones comerciales, ya sean bilaterales, regionales o multilaterales, incluida la Organización Mundial del Comercio. Les instamos a aceptar que este modelo ha fracasado y a comprometerse con nosotros, con nosotras y con nuestras poblaciones en un proceso más abierto y democrático para desarrollar enfoques alternativos que sirvan genuinamente a los intereses de nuestros pueblos, de nuestras naciones y del planeta.
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