World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Avaaz Reaction to Ministerial Statement On TPP Talks Ended

Avaaz Reaction to Ministerial Statement On TPP Talks Ended

The final scheduled ministerial round of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) concluded with a vague ministerial statement today after 4 days of talks.

Jamie Choi, Avaaz Campaign Director said:  
“The US was hellbent on sealing the super secretive deal this week, but people across the world have blown these talks open, and we’re seeing countries standing strong for what their citizens want. There are still huge splits on access to medicines, internet privacy and national sovereignty. People power is seeing off big business bullies -- it's great news for democracy.”

Rifts between parties to the TPP reflect public opposition in several key countries, including the US, according to a new Avaaz/IPSOS poll released over the weekend. Over 1.4 million people around the world have signed the Avaaz petition critical of the TPP. The group also released on its website an open-letter to negotiators penned by Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz calling for serious changes in the talks.

The Obama administration has referred to the TPP as its “number one priority” on trade policy and vowed to finalize a deal in 2013 -- so failure to reach consensus this week is a major blow to the US trade agenda. Mr. Obama is also struggling domestically, where opposition to granting the President Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority from ¾ of House Democrats threatens to undermine any agreement eventually reached by negotiators.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Whaling: Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research In Defiance Of World Court Ruling

The ICR Today Filed Court Briefs Stating They Intend to Return to Antarctica to Hunt Whales in 2015-2016; Will Seek to Enjoin Other Sea Shepherd Entities from Obstructing Their Operations More>>

Ukraine: UN Urges 'Maximum Restraint' Amid Situation In East Ukraine

Deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for maximum restraint and appealed to all sides to work towards calming the situation, which has the 'growing potential' to ... More>>

United Nations: Children Can Now Lodge Complaints With The UN

GENEVA (14 April 2014) – United Nations child rights experts have hailed a new treaty that allows children to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about alleged violations of their rights. More>>

India: Election But A Ritual In Nation Lacking Rule Of Law

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) congratulates the people of India for their participation to elect the 16th Lok Sabha. The process has attracted, as usual, considerable media attention across the world. Media claims the process to be 'the largest democratic ... More>>

Solomon Islands: Thousands Remain Affected After Flash Floods

An estimated 52,000 people remain affected in the worst-hit areas of Honiara and greater Guadalcanal following last week’s devastating floods which killed at least 23 people. More>>


World: Some 437,000 People Murdered Worldwide In 2012 - UN

Almost half a million people across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, with the highest murder rates logged in the Americas and Africa, and the lowest in Europe, Asia and Oceania, the United Nations Office on ... More>>

Central African Republic:: Security Council Establishes UN Peacekeeping Mission

Deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation and ongoing human rights abuses in the Central African Republic (CAR), the Security Council today approved the establishment of a nearly 12,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping operation ... More>>


Parliament: NZ Sending Aid Flight To Solomons

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has announced further support for the response to severe flooding in Solomon Islands. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news