Emerging Governance

Trade and Investment Agreements: The Threat to People’s Health

TDS
16 December
09:00 - 10:30
Ivory

Organisers

TDS LIVE | Trade and Investment Agreements: The Threat to People’s Health

Session objectives 

The aim of the session is to assess the implications of trade and investment agreements for global health. It will be based largely on the report of the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health to be published in The Lancet. The report critically analyses the impact of trade and investment agreements (TIAs) on how people live and work, what they consume, and their health and social protection systems. Often TIAs favour the interests of large multinational corporations, which exert disproportionate influence on national negotiating positions. Together with investor-state dispute settlement mechanisms, TIAs can undermine governments’ ability to pass laws and regulations that protect and promote public health. This requires a reform of how TIAs are negotiated, implemented and adjudicated to remove a range of power asymmetries.

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