Events coming up 24-27 September

Auckland

Mon, Sept 24, 7.30pm. Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd. Special GPJA Forum: Countdown to the TPPA round in December.

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It’s just been announced that the next round of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations will be in Auckland from 3rd to 15th December.

That gives us about 10 weeks to plan and educate.

As a first step Global Peace and Justice Auckland is holding a meeting at 7.30pm on Monday 24 September at Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd.

Speakers will be:

Deb Gleeson, an Australian public health expert on the TPPA who has been brought over here by the unions. Deb will talk about the threat of the US-driven TPP agenda to public health, especially Big Pharma’s attack on affordable medicines and the tobacco industry assault on Australia’s plain packaging laws.

Jane Kelsey will provide an overview of the state of the TPPA negotiations and highlight the issues that have the potential to bring the negotiations to a grinding halt.

Followed by discussion about what to do between now and December.

Please come, armed with energy and ideas.

Tuesday 25 September 9-11.30am, School of Population Health, University of Auckland Tamaki Campus,  Room 730 220 (main function room off atrium). Symposium on Trade and Health presented by Dr Debbie Gleeson and Professor Jane Kelsey

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Topics to be addressed:

·         How does / will trade agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership affect health and the broader determinants of health in New Zealand and our Pacific region?

·         Who are the key stakeholders in these negotiations and how can health advocates, academics and health professionals become involved as stakeholders and advocates for fair trading in the region?

·         Views from key stakeholders in the Auckland region will be invited and discussion on the what next questions, particularly as they pertain to research questions, will be explored?

Staff, students and anyone else who might be interested are all most welcome.

Wellington

Wednesday 26th September, 5.30-6.30pm, Lecture Theatre 3 Government Buildings 15 Lambton Quay Victoria University.

Dr Deborah Gleeson will give a presentation on Public health, the cost of medicines, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations, focussing particularly on PHARMAC, medicine costs, and changes to the pharmaceutical patenting regime. There will also be a short commentary by Professor Susy Frankel (Faculty of Law, Victoria University of Wellington) on the intellectual property implications of the TPPA. Geoff Annals, CEO of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, will introduce the speakers.

Thursday 27th September, 12.30-1.30pm, Adam Auditorium (Wellington City Art Gallery), Civic Square 101 Wakefield Street, Central Wellington

Dr Deborah Gleeson will give a presentation on Public Health, Big Business, and the TPPA, focussing on the TPPA’s implications for public health decision making — particularly on where the balance of power is struck between the interests of the public and those of big pharmaceutical companies.

Simon Terry (Executive Director, Sustainability Council of New Zealand) will also make a short address on concerns for the environment around the TPPA, in particular the proposed Investor State Dispute provisions. Warren Lindberg, CEO of the Public Health Association, will introduce the speakers.

Thursday 27th September, 6.00-7.00pm, 19 Tory Street Community Gallery Central Wellington (limited space)

Dr Deborah Gleeson will give a presentation on Public Health, the Asia-Pacific region, and the TPPA, focussing on the TPPA’s potential effect on developing countries, in particular on access to medicines.

Dr Bill Rosenberg, Economist and Director of Policy at the NZCTU, will introduce Dr Gleeson and will give a brief presentation on the implications of the TPPA for workers.

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