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Avaaz Reaction to Ministerial Statement On TPP Talks Ended

Press Release – Avaaz 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.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...

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New poll shows majority of Kiwis oppose secretive TPP deal

Press Release – Avaaz **Open letter to trade negotiators slams deal as IPSOS poll reveals 71% of the New Zealand public find secrecy of the deal unacceptable **Monday December 9 2013 New poll shows majority of Kiwis oppose secretive TPP deal; Joseph Stiglitz speaks out **Open letter to trade negotiators slams deal as IPSOS poll reveals 71% of the New Zealand public find secrecy of the deal “unacceptable” ** Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz has joined 1 million people in voicing opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, as a new poll shows that 71% of the Kiwis reject the secretive nature of the negotiations. Trade ministers and corporate lobbyists start meetings today in Singapore for the final round of ministerial talks for the TPP. If they reach an agreement by Tuesday, it would would hand sweeping new powers to big business at the expense of national public interest laws. Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate economist, said in the open letter: “The agreement presents grave risks on all sorts of topics … The TPP proposes to freeze into a binding trade agreement many of the worst features of the worst laws in the TPP countries, making needed reforms extremely difficult if not impossible.” Meanwhile, a new IPSOS poll in four negotiating countries — the US, Australia, Chile and New Zealand — shows that at least 61% of the public...

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Avaaz weighs in on the TPP

Online activist hub www.avaaz.org has launch a global campaign against the TPP, asking people to sign on to the message: ‘As concerned global citizens, we call on you to make the TPP process transparent and accountable to all, and to reject any plans that limit our governments’ power to regulate in the public interest. The TPP is a threat to democracy, undermining national sovereignty, workers’ rights, environmental protections and Internet freedom. We urge you to reject this corporate takeover.’ It’s a quick and easy way to join with activists around the...

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