Resolution on Protecting Democracy and the Public Interest from Secret Trade Agreements

7 May 2015

The 31st Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, meeting 22-24 April 2015 in The Hague, the Netherlands:

Expresses concern that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) encompass most of the world’s economy and affect 1.5 billion people, yet are being negotiated in secret between governments and corporate lobbyists;

Believes these agreements enable the transfer of wealth from public to private sectors, putting investors’ rights over the rights of people, communities and nations;

Rejects the Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), which puts corporations on an equal footing with national governments, whereby foreign multinational corporations can bypass domestic courts to sue a national government in a secret international court, claiming national laws adversely affect their profits;

Condemns the “Regulatory Coherence” provision, whereby each TPP country and the EU Commission under the TTIP must adjust their regulations to match provisions of the agreement, meaning many nations will be forced to lower their standards;

Believes these agreements will exacerbate global warming and extreme weather events by increasing long-distance transport of goods, through moving jobs and manufacturing to countries with low labour standards and environmental laws;

Believes these agreements will adversely impact families and workers by lowering safe food, agricultural and chemical use standards, decrease affordable generic medicine and healthcare, privatise and increase the cost of essential public services, challenge government protections for workers, consumers, and the environment, and reject financial regulation;

Calls for the immediate public release of the complete texts of the TPPA and TTIP;

Calls for the rejection of the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions; and

Demands fair trade based on human rights, democratic principles and social, economic, gender and climate justice.