252358 WTO, TPP, FTA, CAFTA, NAFTA: Translating the Alphabet Soup of Globalization into Advocacy for Change

Monday, October 31, 2011: 3:30 PM

Lori Wallach, JD , Global Trade Watch, Public Citizen, Washington, DC
Increasingly, Americans recognize that today's "trade" agreements directly affect their day-to-day lives in myriad ways. Indeed, many here and abroad have lived experience of the problems unsafe food and products, unaffordable medicine, limited access to health service, obstacles to toxics bans, tobacco control and work place safety policies - caused by our current trade model. While polling shows one of the few issues that unites Americans across otherwise intractable political divides is opposition to more NAFTA-WTO style trade pacts, few Americans think that there is anything they can do about it. Yet, in the U.S. and around the world, vibrant civil society campaigns have created effective methodologies to stop more of the same damaging policies and promote new approaches. And, given the disproportionate role the U.S. government and U.S. corporations play in imposing the current damaging model worldwide, changing the U.S. approach on trade is essential. Trade pact threats to our families' health and safety are among the most powerful issues around which to build an undeniable demand for such change. This presentation will provide a brief guided tour through the aspects of the agreements that limit the policy space needed to ensure health and safety, translating arcane trade jargon and sharing the most compelling examples of damage that has already occurred. Participants will learn about campaigns now underway here and abroad that can make difference and how to get involved.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Understand how various trade agreements may affect public health. Identify movements worldwide that are working to promote new approaches to trade and health.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch and have 20 years of experience moderating trade pact outcomes analyzing trade pact texts and rulings.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.