[Ip-health] IP-Watch: On TPP Secrecy, US And Five Others Decline To Answer UN

Krista L. Cox krista.cox at keionline.org
Mon Oct 1 12:03:02 PDT 2012


Intellectual Property Watch

The nine countries asked by a United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur to
respond to a complaint over the alleged secret and bureaucratic
negotiations for the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement either
failed to respond or defended the backdoor talks, according to the advocacy
group Knowledge Ecology International (KEI).

In a statement today, KEI said out of the nine countries asked for response
by the UN Special Rapporteur for the right to health Anand Grover, only
Australia, Chile and New Zealand responded, and all three defended the need
to have secret negotiations for TPP. KEI claimed that the three countries
were also “lying about or minimizing the expected impact of the negotiation
on access to medicines.” The responses can be found here.

The rest, led by the United States, did not respond, a move which KEI found
disappointing especially on the part of the US, as it is “the leading
target of the complaint and the most aggressive proponent of of high drug

“In 2009, President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for ´his
extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation
between peoples. ´Apparently these ´extraordinary efforts´ do not extend to
engagement with the UN’s Special Rapporteur for the right to health on a
topic that concerns life and death issues for millions of persons,” KEI
Director James Love said.

The TPP is a multilateral free trade agreement touted as boosting the
economies of countries bordering the Pacific.

Krista L. Cox
Staff Attorney
Knowledge Ecology International
(202) 332-2670

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