IHP news 522: Global governance of health

By on May 17, 2019

Globalization & Health – USMCA (NAFTA 2.0): tightening the constraints on the right to regulate for public health

Ronald Labonté et al ; https://globalizationandhealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12992-019-0476-8

In late 2018 the United States, Canada, and Mexico signed a new trade agreement (most commonly referred to by its US-centric acronym, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA) to replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The new agreement is the first major trade treaty negotiated under the shadow of the Trump Administration’s unilateral imposition of tariffs to pressure other countries to accept provisions more favourable to protectionist US economic interests. Although not yet ratified, the agreement is widely seen as indicative of how the US will engage in future international trade negotiations. Drawing from methods used in earlier health impact assessments of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, we undertook a detailed analysis of USMCA chapters that have direct or indirect implications for health. …”

Based on the results, the authors conclude: “….Rather than enhancing public health protection the USMCA places new, extended, and enforceable obligations on public regulators that increase the power (voice) of corporate (investor) interests during the development of new regulations. It is not a health-enhancing template for future trade agreements that governments should emulate.”

Global Social Policy – Introduction to a special issue in memory of Bob Deacon: Where do we stand in global social policy studies?

A Kaasch; https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1468018119847336

Overview of this special issue.

And a quick link:

IPS – Rise of Right-wing Nationalism Undermines Human Rights Worldwide

The rise of right-wing nationalism and the proliferation of authoritarian governments have undermined human rights in several countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. As a result, some of the international human rights experts – designated as UN Rapporteurs – have either been politically ostracized, denied permission to visit countries on “fact-finding  missions” or threatened with expulsion, along with the suspension of work permits….”

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